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Mount, Liz – Teaching Sociology, 2018
This article addresses a challenge for sociologists who teach at institutions located in unfamiliar cultural contexts through a photo elicitation project to develop students' sociological imaginations while teaching the instructor about students' social contexts. In introductory courses, we must present sociology as a field of study that is…
Descriptors: Photography, Visual Aids, Sociology, Student Empowerment
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Martinez-Cola, Marisela; English, Rocco; Min, Jennifer; Peraza, Jonathan; Tambah, Jamesetta; Yebuah, Christina – Teaching Sociology, 2018
What happens when the outside world begins to affect the classroom? Is the classroom supposed to be neutral, objective, and devoid of feelings? Or is it a space where students and teacher meet for healing, understanding, and critical thinking? From news reports of police brutality to highly publicized acts of racial aggression, students are…
Descriptors: Sociology, Teaching Methods, Antisocial Behavior, Critical Theory
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Hammer, Ricarda – Teaching Sociology, 2018
This article describes a class that draws on postcolonial insights to create a global sociological imagination. Postcolonial approaches can make visible how global connections have shaped our local environments even if these relations are not always immediately visible. Specifically, students in this class highlight how global relations, such as…
Descriptors: Student Research, Local History, Local Issues, Sociology
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MacNamara, Jessica; Glann, Sarah; Durlak, Paul – Teaching Sociology, 2017
How can teachers help students understand the importance of gender pronouns for transgender and gender-nonconforming people? This article presents a gender pronoun reversal activity that simulates the experience of being verbally misgendered. Students followed up on the activity by posting reflections on an online class discussion board. The…
Descriptors: Gender Issues, Sexual Identity, Sexual Orientation, Learning Activities
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Whitaker, Julie – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Introductory sociology courses encourage students to shift from understanding social relations and inequalities through an individualistic lens toward a more sociological one. It is difficult for students to know how far they have advanced toward a sociological perspective if they do not have a good sense of where they began. This paper describes…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Introductory Courses, Sociology, Outcomes of Education
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Paino, Maria; May, Matthew; Burrington, Lori A.; Becker, Jacob H. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
This article describes a simulation activity designed to teach students about the wage gap. The wage gap is an important topic in many sociology classrooms, but it can be difficult to convey the accumulated disadvantage experienced by women and racial/ethnic minorities to students using in-class discussions, lectures, or assigned readings alone.…
Descriptors: Simulation, Teaching Methods, Wages, Equal Opportunities (Jobs)
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Jafar, Afshan – Teaching Sociology, 2017
This article describes an exercise designed to introduce the topic of Islam and Muslims in a Sociology of Globalization course. The activity asks students to complete a sentence regarding Muslim women. Rather than provide any definitive answers regarding Islam or Muslims, the purpose of the exercise is for students to see the reductive nature of…
Descriptors: Islam, Muslims, Sociology, Global Approach
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Harris, Deborah A.; Harris, Whitney M.; Fondren, Kristi M. – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Experiential and active learning exercises can benefit students in sociology courses, particularly, courses in which issues of inequality are central. In this paper, we describe using hunger banquets-an active learning exercise where participants are randomly stratified into three global classes and receive food based upon their class position-to…
Descriptors: Hunger, Teaching Methods, Sociology, Social Bias
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Osnowitz, Debra; Jenkins, Kathleen E. – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Common concerns in required theory courses are student disengagement when encountering difficult texts and hesitation to engage in theorizing. To address these challenges, we have developed an interactive exercise, which we call the theory forum. Students work in groups to develop questions from the perspective(s) of one or more theorists, and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Social Theories, Class Activities, Teaching Methods
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Larson, Jeff A.; Tsitsos, William – Teaching Sociology, 2013
This article presents an in-class exercise for teaching theories of the presentation of self that is organized around two key concepts, impression management and impression formation. By highlighting the interpretive, interactive aspects of the presentation of self, this exercise is also useful for teaching the major principles of symbolic…
Descriptors: Dating (Social), Social Influences, Experiential Learning, Participant Observation
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Mueller, Jennifer C. – Teaching Sociology, 2013
The "millennial" historical moment presents fresh dilemmas for race-critical instructors. In addition to being well-versed in colorblind racial discourse, millennial students are socialized in a pop-cultural milieu that implies a more integrated, racially egalitarian world than exists in reality and includes claims that U.S. society is now…
Descriptors: Race, Critical Theory, Teaching Methods, Sociology
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Hourigan, Kristen Lee – Teaching Sociology, 2013
This article introduces a simple, flexible approach to engaging students within large classes, known as ARC (application, response, collaboration). ARC encourages each student's presence and engagement in class; creates a sense of excitement and anticipation; breaks down passivity and anonymity; effectively gains, maintains, and utilizes students'…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Class Size, Cooperation, Student Participation
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Bucher, Jacob – Teaching Sociology, 2012
This article covers the importance of creating and developing agency in community partners when engaging in community-based learning. Often when faculty incorporate service- or community-based learning into their classes, we measure the "learning" part but not the "service" or "community." Focusing more on the latter involves working "with"…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Community Education, College Students, Older Adults
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Zipp, John F. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
In this article, I ask for whom is our teaching developed? Although we typically think that it is developed for our students, there appears to be a considerable gap between how our curriculum, especially Introductory Sociology is organized, and what we know about current college students. Drawing on data on enrollment in sociology and overall in…
Descriptors: Sociology, College Instruction, Introductory Courses, College Students
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Burke, Meghan A.; Banks, Kira Hudson – Teaching Sociology, 2012
This article suggests that the way in to sociology may not always be through the front door. The authors demonstrate how students in a three-day campus diversity program develop a sociological imagination despite not having a formal affiliation with the sociology department. In particular, students demonstrate a move from color blindness into…
Descriptors: Imagination, Biographies, Sociology, Classroom Environment
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