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Johnson, Amy L.; Gleit, Rebecca D. – Teaching Sociology, 2022
Despite the centrality of data analysis to the discipline, sociology departments are currently falling short of teaching both undergraduate and graduate students crucial computing and statistical software skills. We argue that sociology instructors must intentionally and explicitly teach computing skills alongside statistical concepts to prepare…
Descriptors: College Students, Sociology, Social Science Research, Computer Science Education
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Izienicki, Hubert – Teaching Sociology, 2022
Whereas most sociologists consider sexuality a social construct, the general public tends to view it in more essentialist terms. This tendency is commonly manifested in the idea of sexual drives as internal overpowering biological forces guiding human sexual behavior. To counter this narrative, sociologists William Simon and John H. Gagnon…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Scripts, College Students, Intimacy
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Medley-Rath, Stephanie; Morgan, Rebekah – Teaching Sociology, 2022
Advanced undergraduate students struggle with executing complete research projects that involve data collection and analysis. Research indicates that engaging in undergraduate research is a high-impact practice. The American Sociological Association recommends that sociology majors engage in research beyond their research methods and statistics…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Researchers, Self Efficacy
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Conner, Christopher T.; Baxter, Nicholas M. – Teaching Sociology, 2022
In this article, we report on the implementation of using the game Werewolf as a student-centered applied-learning activity to teach symbolic interaction theory and concepts. Engaging with symbolic interaction theory can be a powerful experience for students due to its potential to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and analyze students'…
Descriptors: Games, Role Playing, Student Centered Learning, Undergraduate Students
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Bartholomay, Daniel J. – Teaching Sociology, 2022
COVID-19 drastically altered teaching and learning. The unprecedented public health crisis forced educators to transition courses online, to learn new technologies, and to embrace adaptability and flexibility. These pedagogical changes brought with them new challenges and stressors, causing many educators to long for a "return to normal"…
Descriptors: Sociology, COVID-19, Teaching Methods, Online Courses
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Hess, Kimberly; McAuliffe, Erin L.; Gleckman-Krut, Miriam; Shapiro, Shoshana – Teaching Sociology, 2022
How did instructors design their sociology courses for remote teaching during the 2020-2021 academic year, and what challenges did they face in teaching those courses? To answer these questions, we surveyed lead instructors and graduate teaching assistants (n = 77) in the Sociology Department at the University of Michigan, supplemented by…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Distance Education
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Wetcher-Hendricks, Debra – Teaching Sociology, 2022
Although students rely on social solidarity in their everyday lives, they generally fail to acknowledge its existence. An active learning class exercise, conducted within approximately 35 minutes, introduces sociology students to Emile Durkheim's concept of solidarity and the distinction between its mechanical and organic forms. Some groups of…
Descriptors: Social Theories, Group Unity, Cooperation, Active Learning
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Taylor, Ann; Brosnan, Caragh; Webb, Gwendalyn – Teaching Sociology, 2022
Sociology teachers often encounter students studying to be future health professionals; sociology content can assist students to increase their understanding of patients, the social context of health and illness, and the social determinants of health. Engaging these students in sociological thinking can be challenging because of their diverse…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Clinics, Sociology, Nursing Education
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Bostean, Georgiana; Leitz, Lisa – Teaching Sociology, 2022
We present a two-assignment series that developed students' sociological imaginations and that could be done in a face-to-face or online course. The series used the Sociological Images blog and students' own visual images (e.g., photographs) to meet course learning goals: (1) link sociological theories and concepts to social events/trends, (2)…
Descriptors: Sociology, Imagination, Assignments, Electronic Publishing
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Merrill, Monica – Teaching Sociology, 2022
Sociology curricula often house a variety of "hot button" or contentious topics (e.g., race relations, crime and deviance, personal freedoms/choice, gender). While departments may be giving more attention to ensuring that these topics are included in their curriculum, here I argue that we also need to engage students in reflection about…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Sociology, Social Problems, Emotional Response
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Savage, Brenda – Teaching Sociology, 2022
The learning outcome, "Students will learn to engage with and impact society," is common in curricular frameworks addressing undergraduate sociology education; however, it does not receive adequate coverage compared to other competencies. The lack of attention to this outcome coupled with the tendency to focus heavily on social problems…
Descriptors: Sociology, Community Action, Community Involvement, Undergraduate Students
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Coleman, Max E. – Teaching Sociology, 2022
Mental health has become a matter of growing concern on college campuses, and the coronavirus has only amplified these trends. Whether high rates of mental health issues were always present on college campuses but went undiagnosed or whether structural and cultural conditions have prompted a true rise in mental illness, the current prevalence of…
Descriptors: Mental Health, College Faculty, Mental Disorders, Campuses
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Sola, Jorge; Diaz-Catalán, Celia; Sádaba, Igor; Romanos, Eduardo; Rendueles, César – Teaching Sociology, 2022
Social inequality is a central theme in sociology study plans (both in research and education), but it is often one of the most difficult topics to teach. This article presents an innovative student-centered strategy for teaching social inequality that uses a survey to collect data on students' socioeconomic characteristics and perceptions of…
Descriptors: Student Surveys, Student Characteristics, Sociology, Social Stratification
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Hatteberg, Sarah J. – Teaching Sociology, 2022
Student motivation, confidence, and perceived control are of key interest to sociology instructors seeking to develop pedagogical techniques that increase student engagement. However, attribution research suggests that strengthening these aspects of student learning can be challenging if students attribute academic outcomes to factors over which…
Descriptors: Sociology, Students, Self Esteem, Self Efficacy
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Foster, John D. – Teaching Sociology, 2022
This article examines the presentation of caste systems of stratification in U.S. introductory sociology textbooks. First, the "caste versus class" debate from the 1930s and 1940s is summarized and its competing perspectives are evaluated. Second, after an in-depth analysis of introductory sociology textbooks presenting material on the…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Textbook Content, Social Stratification, Sociology
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