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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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Haynes, Amanda – Teaching Sociology, 2017
This article argues for the importance of disciplinarity in the education of novice sociologists and considers the impact of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) on opportunities for undergraduate students to achieve a command of the discipline. The promotion of modularization and generic skills integral to establishing the EHEA can be…
Descriptors: Sociology, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Commercialization
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Seguin, Charles; Nierobisz, Annette; Kozlowski, Karen Phelan – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Students commonly hold erroneous notions of a "post-racial" world and individualistic worldviews that discount the role of structure in social outcomes. Jointly, these two preconceived beliefs can be powerful barriers to effective teaching of racial segregation: Students may be skeptical that racial segregation continues to exist, and…
Descriptors: Racial Segregation, Residential Patterns, Maps, Neighborhoods
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Core, Rachel S. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
This teaching note suggests that a short-term study abroad program embedded within a longer course can be a tool for enhancing global learning. The work uses the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Global Learning VALUE rubric to evaluate student work from a spring break seminar to Shanghai, China. The seminar was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Seminars, Demography
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Lucal, Betsy – Teaching Sociology, 2015
This article argues that neoliberalism is a critical public issue influencing the apparently private troubles of college students and teachers. For example, earning a college degree has become ever more important for success; yet, because of declining state support for public education, students are taking on extraordinary levels of debt. As a…
Descriptors: Sociology, Neoliberalism, Educational Policy, Politics of Education
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Burke, Meghan A.; Banks, Kira Hudson – Teaching Sociology, 2012
This article suggests that the way in to sociology may not always be through the front door. The authors demonstrate how students in a three-day campus diversity program develop a sociological imagination despite not having a formal affiliation with the sociology department. In particular, students demonstrate a move from color blindness into…
Descriptors: Imagination, Biographies, Sociology, Classroom Environment
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Hauhart, Robert C.; Grahe, Jon E. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
Previous research on capstones in sociology and psychology has suggested that there is a typical capstone experience required by three quarters of all four-year colleges and universities in the United States. This article reports results from a national survey that confirm that sociology and psychology capstone courses conform generally to a…
Descriptors: Sociology, Psychology, National Surveys, Educational Practices
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Massengill, Rebekah Peeples – Teaching Sociology, 2011
Educators agree that developing critical thinking skills is a key goal of college education. While the literature on higher-level thinking emphasizes the significance of writing for developing such skills, teachers often receive little guidance about the kinds of writing assignments that can prove most beneficial for helping students to develop…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Role of Education, Goal Orientation, Higher Education
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Chin, Jeffrey; Senter, Mary Scheuer; Spalter-Roth, Roberta – Teaching Sociology, 2011
The authors provide context for the three articles in the special section of this issue of "Teaching Sociology" on the topic of assessment. They provide a brief discussion of assessment in higher education today, supported by research conducted by the American Sociological Association from a survey of department chairs. These data indicate that…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Sociology, College Faculty, Department Heads
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Pike, Diane – Teaching Sociology, 2011
This research explores key features of the scholarship of teaching and learning presented in nine higher education pedagogical journals. In an effort to better understand the domain in which the journal "Teaching Sociology" resides, descriptive and comparative analyses indicate that there is notable variation in the type of knowledge offered to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Sociology, College Curriculum, Academic Discourse
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O'Sullivan, Sara – Teaching Sociology, 2011
This article reports on an Irish study that examines the teaching of large, introductory-level sociology courses at a research-intensive university. The study's aim was to ameliorate some of the problems associated with large classes by applying key lessons from the U.S. literature to an Irish setting. Overall, the initiative was successful;…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Research Universities, Commuter Colleges, Sociology
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McKinney, Kathleen; Busher, Melissa – Teaching Sociology, 2011
This study describes the objectives, structures, and outcomes of a one-semester, required sociology research capstone course as taught at three institutions. Pre- and postquestionnaires from students, syllabi from instructors, and a random sample of final research papers were analyzed. Results indicate that the main foci of the course are to…
Descriptors: Sociology, Curriculum, Required Courses, Student Projects
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Clark, Roger; Filinson, Rachel – Teaching Sociology, 2011
The authors provide an account of their department's minimalist and largely reluctant approach to mandatory assessment in the past decade. A decade earlier, the department had gone all out in an experimental assessment effort supported by the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, an effort the department was neither willing nor…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Departments, Sociology, Accreditation (Institutions)
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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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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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