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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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Parvez, Z. Fareen – Teaching Sociology, 2017
This article offers an example of a global approach to teaching the sociology of religion, a course that typically focuses on American religious phenomena. It builds on three interventions in the movement for a global sociology: connecting the local and global, moving beyond methodological nationalism, and developing an ethical orientation toward…
Descriptors: Sociology, Religion, Global Approach, Teaching Methods
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Herring, Chris; Rosaldo, Manuel; Seim, Josh; Shestakofsky, Benjamin – Teaching Sociology, 2016
This article details the principles and practices animating an "ethnographic" method of teaching social theory. As opposed to the traditional "survey" approach that aims to introduce students to the historical breadth of social thought, the primary objective of teaching ethnographically is to cultivate students as participant…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Social Theories, Ethnography, Educational Practices
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Miller, Elizabeth – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Undergraduate students often have trouble interpreting cultures other than that with which they are familiar in a way that takes into account the symbols and meanings that explain behaviors, objects, and ideologies. Instead, many fall into the trap of making ethnocentric assumptions and coming to conclusions that are informed by their own cultural…
Descriptors: Sociology, Active Learning, Class Activities, Undergraduate Students
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Osnowitz, Debra; Jenkins, Kathleen E. – Teaching Sociology, 2014
Common concerns in required theory courses are student disengagement when encountering difficult texts and hesitation to engage in theorizing. To address these challenges, we have developed an interactive exercise, which we call the theory forum. Students work in groups to develop questions from the perspective(s) of one or more theorists, and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Social Theories, Class Activities, Teaching Methods
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Treiber, Linda Ann – Teaching Sociology, 2013
This article offers strategies for teaching about rationality, bureaucracy, and social change using George Ritzer's "The McDonaldization of Society" and its ideas about efficiency, predictability, calculability, and control. Student learning is facilitated using a series of strategies: making the familiar strange, explaining…
Descriptors: Sociology, Administrative Organization, Social Change, Social Theories
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Nell Trautner, Mary; Borland, Elizabeth – Teaching Sociology, 2013
The sociological imagination is a useful tool for teaching about plagiarism and academic integrity, and, in turn, academic integrity is a good case to help students learn about the sociological imagination. ?We present an exercise in which the class discusses reasons for and consequences of dishonest academic behavior and then examines a series of…
Descriptors: Sociology, Imagination, Ethical Instruction, Integrity
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Messinger, Adam M. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
Content analysis is a valuable research tool for social scientists that unfortunately can prove challenging to teach to undergraduate students. Published classroom exercises designed to teach content analysis have thus far been predominantly envisioned as lengthy projects for upper-level courses. A brief and engaging exercise may be more…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Teaching Methods, Questionnaires, Pretests Posttests
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Parrotta, Kylie L.; Rusche, Sarah Nell – Teaching Sociology, 2011
In this article, the authors describe a class activity that uses a combination of strategies to overcome obstacles students face when learning about the reproduction of inequality in everyday life. Based on Schwalbe et al.'s (2000) piece on "generic social processes," and following the idea of "making the strange familiar and the familiar…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Astronomy, Biology, Consciousness Raising
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Pitt, Richard N.; Packard, Joshua R. – Teaching Sociology, 2010
A traditional debate format, in which a small group of students is given the task of presenting arguments for or against a particular issue, can promote pro and con dualism that is both incomplete and counter to developing a sociological imagination. In this article, the authors describe their efforts to avoid this kind of dualism through the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Debate, Educational Strategies, Stakeholders
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Healey-Etten, Victoria; Sharp, Shane – Teaching Sociology, 2010
In-depth interviewing is now a common method in sociology. Although there are many potential benefits of in-depth interviewing assignments for both majors and nonmajors, few have developed tools one can use to teach this method at the first and second year, especially in substantive classes where instruction in interviewing is constrained by time…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Students, Interviews, Family (Sociological Unit)
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Eglitis, Daina S. – Teaching Sociology, 2010
This article discusses pedagogical exercises developed to help students appreciate the power of sociological perspectives as they seek to better understand their own lives and the world around them. The assignments are focused on fulfilling the particular course learning goal that highlights student mastery of the application of diverse…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Sociology, Social Theories, Theory Practice Relationship
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Pence, Dan – Teaching Sociology, 2009
One of the unique promises of sociology is to illuminate the intersection of the personal and public by encouraging largely individually-oriented students to examine interrelationships between themselves and the social world. This can be an especially challenging task when teaching introductory sociology courses that are populated largely by…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Introductory Courses, Popular Culture, Television
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Harlow, Roxanna – Teaching Sociology, 2009
Instructors teaching students about social inequality, especially sexism and racism, often face some degree of student resistance. Opposition is particularly strong when students are from a white, middle to upper class background. As Haddad and Lieberman (2002) remark, "Students from privileged backgrounds lack personal experience with structures…
Descriptors: Gender Bias, Racial Discrimination, Social Behavior, Disadvantaged
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Preves, Sharon; Stephenson, Denise – Teaching Sociology, 2009
This article explores the social-psychological process of identity negotiation in collaborative teaching, using Erving Goffman's (1959) theoretical tradition of dramaturgy to analyze the classroom itself as a performance venue. A dramaturgical analysis of collaborative teaching is especially significant given this growing pedagogical trend because…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Self Concept, Teacher Role, Classroom Environment
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