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Elizabeth Culatta; Melissa Powell-Williams; Kim Davies – Teaching Sociology, 2024
Educators have recently highlighted the importance of social science courses for students entering the medical field. This has led to the inclusion of sociological theories and concepts on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), a requirement for any student seeking formal medical training. Using open-ended survey data responses provided by…
Descriptors: Medical Schools, College Entrance Examinations, Minority Group Students, College Applicants
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Stacey Livingstone – Teaching Sociology, 2024
Graduate students face obstacles when attempting to pursue public sociology in general, but specifically when they desire to utilize public sociology as both a research and teaching orientation that fully incorporates undergraduate students. Drawing on a two-year public sociology project on student financial security challenges, the author…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teaching Assistants, Housing Needs, Campuses
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Andrea Krieg – Teaching Sociology, 2024
There is general agreement among sociologists that teaching social structure is a core component of a sociological curriculum. Despite this agreement, there are few guides for instructors on how to teach this key concept. Using the sociological literacy framework, this research examines the most popular undergraduate Introduction to Sociology…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Sociology, Social Structure, Textbook Content
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Péter Miskolczi – Teaching Sociology, 2024
The introductory course to sociology serves the multiple roles of providing students with the foundations of the field while also being its "public face" and possibly improving its image. The outcomes of introductory courses have been investigated mostly in quantitative ways in the past. The article presents a qualitative, longitudinal…
Descriptors: Sociology, Foreign Countries, College Students, Outcomes of Education
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Mary Scheuer Senter – Teaching Sociology, 2024
This article uses survey data gathered in fall 2020 and spring 2021 from students at a public, midwestern university to explore the factors affecting self-reports of learning during the pandemic. The consistent finding is that social relationships--support from professors and connections to peers--are critical. The impact of social relationships…
Descriptors: Social Scientists, Undergraduate Students, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Águeda Ortega; Katherine Jensen; Javier Auyero – Teaching Sociology, 2024
Despite being intensely sociable, ethnographic research is also deeply isolating. Although fieldworkers may feel lonely, we contend that they are not (or should not be) alone. At the 10th anniversary of Urban Ethnography Lab at the University of Texas at Austin, we reflect on the ethnographic training cultivated there. We detail objectives,…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Sociology, Research Methodology, Research Training
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Bhoomi K. Thakore – Teaching Sociology, 2024
The research project assignment can create meaningful opportunities for students to apply sociological concepts. For grading these projects, assessment rubrics are useful pedagogical tools to evaluate students' abilities in achieving course learning objectives. In this study, I analyzed final research papers collected over multiple semesters in my…
Descriptors: Sociology, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students, Scoring Rubrics
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Burley, David – Teaching Sociology, 2023
In this article, I examine the effects of an environmental sociology travel study program in Zion National Park (United States) on 11 students during the summers of 2018 and 2019. I outline the program, and then I use students' reflections in their posttrip final papers to illustrate the effects of the program on their sense of environmental…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Sociology, Parks, College Students
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Zalewski, Jacqueline M.; Brudvig, Susan – Teaching Sociology, 2023
Teamwork pedagogies are used for teaching and learning in sociology, addressing general education goals, and developing students' professional skills. Nevertheless, problems arise in group work that negatively affect learning, engagement, treatment of others, and team satisfaction. An intervention was added to an Introduction to Sociology course…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Cooperative Learning, Intervention, Sociology
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Soyer, Mehmet; McCrackin, Gina; Ziyanak, Sebahattin; Givens, Jennifer; Jump, Vonda; Schad, Jessica – Teaching Sociology, 2023
This article explores the outcomes of using community-engaged learning in a sustainability-focused social sciences research course titled Methods of Social Research. The integrated components of the course were designed to teach students about the research process while addressing sustainability issues at Utah State University. Throughout the…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Research Methodology, Courses, Sustainability
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Ghoshal, Raj A. – Teaching Sociology, 2023
This teaching note presents an assignment in which students write an op-ed on a course-related issue and submit it to a newspaper. I argue that an op-ed assignment dovetails with pedagogical goals around democratic citizenship and public sociology. I explain the project's objectives, instructions, and timeline. I present evidence from three…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Opinions, Writing Assignments, Newspapers
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Besek, Jordan Fox; Pandey, Anupriya – Teaching Sociology, 2023
Scholars have long praised the ways in which film can provide students with an opportunity for deep intellectual and emotional connections to classroom material. With contemporary technology, however, instructors are instead turning toward shorter audiovisual material that can be accessed with little preparation, take up less class time, and cater…
Descriptors: Films, Multimedia Instruction, Teaching Methods, Technology Uses in Education
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Wynn, Colleen E.; Ziff, Elizabeth; Snyder, Allison H.; Schmidt, Kamryn T.; Hill, Lauryn L. – Teaching Sociology, 2023
Teaching during a global pandemic has prompted many discussions about how faculty can best support students and create classrooms where deep learning and engagement occur. In this conversation, we argue there is a role for empathy in college classrooms. We present data from interviews with faculty at a small, Midwestern, teaching-focused…
Descriptors: Sociology, Empathy, COVID-19, Pandemics
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King, Molly M.; Imai, Megan K. – Teaching Sociology, 2023
The undergraduate research assistantship is key in the professionalization of future sociologists. Our study is the first in the social sciences to document benefits and challenges from both faculty and student perspectives. By interviewing 13 undergraduate research assistants (RAs) and 10 faculty in sociology departments at primarily…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Research Assistants, Sociology, College Faculty
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Hunter, Linda; Frawley, Eleanor – Teaching Sociology, 2023
In this study we explore how incorporating an arts-based pedagogical approach, specifically, the use of film, art, and music, into a second-year sociological theory course enhances students' overall learning experiences. We report on data collected from a survey given to students enrolled in this course in 2020. Findings reveal that employing this…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Sociology, Films, Music
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