ERIC Number: EJ906578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Literary Fiction as a Tool for Teaching Social Theory and Critical Consciousness
Weber, Christina D.
Teaching Sociology, v38 n4 p350-361 Oct 2010
In this paper, I discuss the possibilities that emerge from using literary fiction as a tool for teaching social theory and critical consciousness. Focusing on data from a social theory course I taught in fall 2007, along with my experiences teaching social theory, I evaluate the utility of utilizing literary fiction in the social theory classroom. Serving as a mechanism to encourage the development of critical consciousness, literary fiction can expand classroom dynamics and establish engaged dialogue between students and teachers. In particular, it has the potential to make social theory interesting and meaningful to students who are often anxious about learning social theory.
Descriptors: Fiction, Instructional Materials, Critical Theory, Social Theories, Consciousness Raising, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Classroom Environment
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