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Allen, Irving – Teaching Sociology, 1979
Describes METROPROB, a noncompetitive teaching game based on the theory of metropolitan locality-relevant problems and stressing their interactions. Discusses potential for teaching systemic analysis of urban problems and helping students think sociologically. (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Classroom Games, Community Study, Concept Formation, Cooperative Planning
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Loewen, James W. – Teaching Sociology, 1979
Describes four activities for use in introductory sociology courses on the college level. Major objectives of the exercises are to challenge assumptions often held by college students and to stress contradictions between ideological justification for a given practice with its operation. (DB)
Descriptors: Classroom Materials, Concept Formation, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives
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Wright, Richard A. – Teaching Sociology, 1989
Uses a class exercise that tests the folk wisdom concerning small-town friendliness. Students are assigned to express random friendliness to strangers so they can determine whether friendlier responses are elicited in small towns or large cities. (KO)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Community Study, Higher Education, Interpersonal Relationship
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Light, Ivan – Teaching Sociology, 1986
This article presents an original drama depicting the Lenin-Hobson theory of imperialism. Students participate in the drama and critically analyze its contents in order to better understand the Marxist point of view toward capitalism. (JDH)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Imperialism, Marxian Analysis, Social Theories
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Zeller, Richard A. – Teaching Sociology, 1987
States that one of the major challenges in teaching an introductory sociology course is to find activities that involve students in the research process, illustrate important sociological concepts, and maintain students' interest. Provides a three-part assignment on the birth rate which accomplishes these three goals. Includes copies of handouts…
Descriptors: Birth Rate, College Instruction, Demography, Educational Sociology
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Barger, George W. – Teaching Sociology, 1987
Maintains that because introductory sociology courses are broad surveys of the field, they often lack an integrative perspective which would allow students to better grasp the importance and use of sociology. Shows how modernization can be used as a theme which unites the introductory course. (JDH)
Descriptors: College Instruction, Educational Sociology, Higher Education, Industrialization
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Wright, Richard A. – Teaching Sociology, 1987
Recommends a variety of books, assignments, exercises, and projects which can be incorporated into introductory criminology classes to compensate for the omission of topics on women and crime in textbooks and curricula. Includes a list of potential topics for writing assignments and a selection of films covering such topics as sexual harassment,…
Descriptors: College Instruction, Crime, Criminology, Educational Sociology
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Loewen, James W.; Sampson, Samuel F. – Teaching Sociology, 1986
Presents a 25-minute in-class exercise designed to open students' minds to more subtle insights into the pervasive social processes that keep women out of many occupations and restrict their earnings. Provides a copy of the required handout and suggests follow-up discussion topics. (JDH)
Descriptors: Behavior Theories, Class Activities, College Instruction, Feminism
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Turkel, Kathleen Doherty – Teaching Sociology, 1986
The female students taking women's studies courses today are different from those in the early 1970s. Many are unconsciously male-identified--fully buying into predominant male viewpoints--and thus fail to recognize the connections which exist between the general conditions restricting the opportunities and welfare of women and their own…
Descriptors: Behavior Theories, Class Activities, College Instruction, Feminism
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Collins, Patricia Hill – Teaching Sociology, 1986
Presents the content and use of an opening day exercise, a 14-item true-false questionnaire on Black American families. This exercise: (1) establishes an interactive classroom environment, (2) defuses racial anxiety, (3) promotes self-awareness, (4) generates content interest, and (5) teaches important content. (JDH)
Descriptors: Black Family, Black Studies, Class Activities, College Instruction
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Adams, David S. – Teaching Sociology, 1986
Describes what is meant by "sociological imagination," the ability to see how troubles in private lives and social trends are connected. Shows how freshmen college students learn this by writing an essay which connects the events shown on a personal and societal 50-year time line. Provides examples and teaching suggestions. (JDH)
Descriptors: Class Activities, College Instruction, Family History, Higher Education
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Straus, Roger A. – Teaching Sociology, 1986
Describes four simple learning games, providing a brief rationale, educational goals, implementation procedures, and tips for facilitating students' learning. The four games described are the Gender Reversal Game, the Humor Game, the Stratification Game, and the World System Game. (Author/JDH)
Descriptors: College Instruction, Educational Games, Experiential Learning, Higher Education
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Aminoff, Susan – Teaching Sociology, 1995
Maintains that a major source of intercultural misunderstanding is the clash of culturally conditioned perceptions of reality. Describes the use of a family history project in an introductory college sociology course. Provides an appendix including the project description. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Course Content, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism
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Gray, Susan H. – Teaching Sociology, 1989
Describes a computer-based learning package designed to introduce students to concepts and controversies surrounding the social problem of poverty in the United States and to familiarize them with public policies concerning that problem. Use of the "Poverty Game" is discussed and information concerning cost and availability of software…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Educational Games
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Marciano, Teresa Donati – Teaching Sociology, 1986
Describes an in-class activity which demonstrates how sexual status is inferred based on observable gender-role characteristics. This shows the way in which our culture, and not biology, shapes gender roles and their meanings. Provides background on the course and the interactionist theoretical perspective used to analyze this sociological…
Descriptors: Behavior Theories, Class Activities, College Instruction, Feminism