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Sweet, Stephen – Teaching Sociology, 2016
While the popularity of the psychology major and the sociology major were comparable in 1970, sociology witnessed a decline while psychology witnessed expansion. This article considers strategies of expanding the popularity of the sociology major, considering data from a variety of sources. Primary recommendations are to configure programs to…
Descriptors: Department Heads, Undergraduate Students, Sociology, Majors (Students)
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Sweet, Stephen; McElrath, Kevin; Kain, Edward L. – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Content analysis of 77 college and university catalogs and department websites assesses conformity with select recommendations for the sociology major. The majority of institutions have programs that fulfill some recommendations examined, but the minority fulfills most of the recommendations. Some sociology programs are much more coordinated than…
Descriptors: Sociology, College Curriculum, College Programs, Content Analysis
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Arabandi, Bhavani; Sweet, Stephen; Swords, Alicia – Teaching Sociology, 2014
We present a learning module to engage students in the global inequality debate using Google Public Data World Development Indicators. Goals of this article are to articulate the importance and urgency of teaching global issues to American students; situate the central debate in the globalization literature, paying particular attention to global…
Descriptors: Sociology, College Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Global Approach
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Sweet, Stephen; Baker, Kimberly M. – Teaching Sociology, 2011
This article describes and assesses two learning modules designed to make students aware of gender and racial inequalities present in their own intended careers. Students identify their intended occupation in respect to the Standard Occupational Classification system and then use that code to determine the composition and earnings in that…
Descriptors: Learning Modules, Student Attitudes, Racial Composition, Disproportionate Representation
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Sweet, Stephen – Teaching Sociology, 2009
Writers in this journal have presented a number of strategies that sociology teachers can use to facilitate the expression--and serious analysis--of unpopular opinions. This article contributes to this dialog by illustrating the application of a Bill of Rights learning module. In this module, students are expected to create a document that…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Student Attitudes, Democracy, Sociology
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Sweet, Stephen; Mumm, Joshua; Pitt-Catsouphes, Marcie; Casey, Judith – Teaching Sociology, 2008
In 2006 and 2007, two workshops on teaching work-family courses were held at the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association. This article examines the current challenges and strategies of teaching work-family, as identified by workshop participants, and the resources that are available through the Sloan Work and Family Research…
Descriptors: Family Work Relationship, Workshops, Meetings, Professional Associations
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Sweet, Stephen – Teaching Sociology, 1998
Describes radical pedagogy and observes that an overview of "Teaching Sociology" suggests that few teachers fully practice it. Argues that while professors are free to teach radical theory, radical pedagogy is hindered by institutional constraints. Concludes that radical teachers may benefit from remaining more within the confines imposed by their…
Descriptors: Creative Teaching, Democracy, Educational Environment, Higher Education
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Sweet, Stephen – Teaching Sociology, 1998
Responds to comments about, and critiques of, his own article on radical pedagogy. Outlines major points of contention raised by other commentators and responds to them, including matters of definition, power relations in the classroom, and tempering radical theory with pragmatism. (DSK)
Descriptors: Creative Teaching, Definitions, Democracy, Educational Theories
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Sweet, Stephen – Teaching Sociology, 1999
Presents a simulation exercise that was used to teach undergraduate students about professional ethics standards. Students participate on a mock institutional review board and formulate decisions about hypothetical research projects. Summarizes three projects and discusses the students' reaction to each. (CMK)
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Educational Strategies, Ethics, Higher Education