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ERIC Number: EJ910772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0003-1232
Beyond the Core: The Hot Topic(al) Alternative to the Survey-Based Introduction to Sociology Course
Schwartz, Michael; Smith, R. Tyson
American Sociologist, v41 n3 p249-276 Oct 2010
In the following paper we argue that the conventional "Introduction to Sociology" survey course should be restructured because such courses try to survey an unsurveyable body of knowledge and they do not teach the application of sociological research. The conventional intro course should be replaced with an intro course that surveys the types of social dynamics that sociologists typically research and the methods they use to do so. We propose a semester-long intro course with four case study learning-units that are chosen for their coverage of the underlying sociological dynamics, methods, and core concepts. We contend that case study learning-units which concentrate on topical issues and core sociological concepts are better suited for an introduction course.
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Language: English
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