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Ghoshal, Raj – Teaching Sociology, 2019
This article presents an in-class exercise that teaches students how to call elected officials about a course-related issue of their choice. The goals are to connect classroom learning with real-life action, to show that contacting elected officials need not be difficult or intimidating, and to help students develop a sense of efficacy that can…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Public Officials, Self Efficacy, Civics
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Platts, Todd K. – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Recent research has called on scholars to develop pedagogical interventions to address issues of media literacy. This teaching note answers that call by describing a media literacy project designed for use in social problems classes. The project acquaints students to the constructionist approach to social problems and the method of content…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Social Problems, Sociology, Teaching Methods
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Gillis, Alanna – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Two common ways that instructors assess participation in sociology courses are recalling participation by memory or counting times spoken during class in real time. However, these common assessments rely on faulty assumptions that do not support their usage. This article reconceptualizes participation grading as an opportunity to motivate skill…
Descriptors: Grading, Student Participation, Skill Development, Course Evaluation
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Karraker, Meg Wilkes – Teaching Sociology, 2019
Service sociology is a critical strategy for teaching and learning in sociology. Even beyond that, service sociology is an imperative for communicating the value of our discipline to our students and other constituents. Using data collected from faculty members in Minnesota colleges and universities, I describe the salience of the sociology…
Descriptors: Sociology, Service Learning, Undergraduate Students, Socialization
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Peyrefitte, Magali; Lazar, Gillian – Teaching Sociology, 2018
This teaching note describes the design and implementation of an activity in a 90-minute teaching session that was developed to introduce a diverse cohort of first-year criminology and sociology students to the use of documents as sources of data. This approach was contextualized in real-world research through scaffolded, student-centered tasks…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Student Centered Learning, Criminology
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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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McKinney, Kathleen – Teaching Sociology, 2018
Despite decades of sociology scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) research, integration of SoTL in sociology remains insufficient. First, some reasons for the insufficient integration of SoTL in the discipline are noted, and the foci of publications on the history and status of the SoTL in sociology are briefly summarized. Literature…
Descriptors: Sociology, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Professional Associations
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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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Corte, Ugo; Irwin, Katherine – Teaching Sociology, 2017
A glance across ethnographic methods terrain reveals multiple controversies and divisive critiques. When training graduate students, these debates and controversies can be consequential. We offer suggestions for teaching graduate ethnographic methods courses that, first, help students understand some of the common epistemological debates in the…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Epistemology, Experiential Learning, Graduate Students
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Wohl, Hannah; Fine, Gary Alan – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Faculty and students recognize that to succeed in graduate school, the ability to read efficiently and with comprehension is crucial. Students must be able to process information newly presented to them, even when that information seems overwhelming. Comprehending, discussing, and utilizing relevant texts are central to the production of scholars.…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Reading Comprehension, Reading Processes, Graduate Students
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McCoy, Charles Allan – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Goffman's dramaturgical approach is frequently used to introduce undergraduate students to the sociological understanding of human interaction. While a number of scholars have designed engaging student activities that highlight Goffman's approach, most of these activities tend to involve atypical embarrassing interactions or norm-breaking…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Educational Games, Sociology, Interaction
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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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Migliaccio, Todd; Carrigan, Jacqueline – Teaching Sociology, 2017
High-quality undergraduate student writing is a common and important objective for sociology programs while at the same time a continuous challenge. Programs often struggle to address writing adequately because of the difficulty of fully evaluating student writing and responding to any identified limitations, largely because of the impact on…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Sociology, Majors (Students), Writing Instruction
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Hutson, David J. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
While most sociology students are well prepared to think critically about inequalities involving race, gender, social class, and sexuality, the topics of body weight and health present some challenges for classroom discussion. Primarily, this is due to the body's status in contemporary society as simultaneously malleable (able to be changed) and…
Descriptors: Sociology, Body Weight, Social Discrimination, Obesity
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