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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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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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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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Pelak, Cynthia Fabrizio; Duncan, Stacey – Teaching Sociology, 2017
This article explores the use of a social science-fictional play to teach macro-structural concepts related to global capitalism and surplus labor in a small and large Introduction to Sociology course. Relying on a cross-disciplinary and critical pedagogical approach that combines theory and practice to empower students to develop a critical…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Social Sciences, Fiction, Drama
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Custer, Lindsay; Tuominen, Anne – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Increasing college students' exposure to global contexts and improving their intercultural competency remain challenging educational objectives, especially at the community college level. Fortunately, the recent shift in higher education from study abroad opportunities toward so-called "internationalization at home" initiatives, where…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Opportunities, Global Approach, Online Courses
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Eglitis, Daina S.; Buntman, Fran L.; Alexander, Dameon V. – Teaching Sociology, 2016
This article discusses the use of problem-based learning (PBL) in the undergraduate sociology classroom. PBL shifts students from the role of passive listeners and learners to active knowledge builders and communicators through the use of concise and engaging social problem cases. PBL creates opportunities for building substantive area knowledge,…
Descriptors: Social Problems, Problem Based Learning, Sociology, Teaching Methods
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Grauerholz, Liz; Settembrino, Marc – Teaching Sociology, 2016
In this article, we describe an adaptation of Nichols, Berry, and Kalogrides's "Hop on the Bus" exercise. In addition to riding the bus, we incorporated a visual component similar to that developed by Whitley by having students conduct a sociological, photographic exercise after they disembarked. Qualitative and quantitative assessment…
Descriptors: Sociology, Bus Transportation, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis
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May, Matthew – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Instructing students in sociological theory is a foundational part of the discipline, but it can also be a challenge. Readers of "Teaching Sociology" can find a number of activities designed to improve students' understanding of sociological theory in their general theory courses, but there are fewer activities designed to improve…
Descriptors: Sociology, Teaching Methods, Religion, Social Theories
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Messinger, Adam M. – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Few evaluated classroom exercises to date have addressed one of the most cited and compelling explanations of gender formation over the life course: interactionist gender theory. This theory posits that people actively "do" or "perform" their gender in every interaction, and as such, they often subconsciously reshape their…
Descriptors: Sociology, Teaching Methods, Gender Issues, Dating (Social)
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Upright, Craig – Teaching Sociology, 2015
Many contemporary students are unfamiliar with the cultural history of television programming in the United States. References to iconic series that represented significant milestones in minority representations and discussions of racial issues--such as "I Spy," "Julia," "All in the Family," or even "The Cosby…
Descriptors: Sociology, Cultural Influences, United States History, Minority Groups
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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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Parrotta, Kylie L.; Buck, Alison R. – Teaching Sociology, 2013
We introduce an exercise designed to make Marx's theory of alienated labor accessible to students in a Sociology of Work class. Through a role-playing activity where students create and sell goods under conditions of both alienated and nonalienated labor, students actually experience the different material and social consequences of these…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Role Playing, Sociology, Teaching Methods
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Hoop, Katrina C. – Teaching Sociology, 2012
Sociology majors learn that sociological theory is foundational to our field; it frames the way we look at the world and provides guiding questions for our social inquiry. But sociology instructors know that teaching theory is a challenge. A number of activities have been created to engage students in sociological theory courses. This note…
Descriptors: Sociology, College Instruction, Social Theories, Majors (Students)
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Willis, Evan; Burns, Edgar – Teaching Sociology, 2011
An informal research project with high local relevance was developed for a first-year sociology course at an Australian rural university campus. The project developed students' sociological insight by challenging them to investigate "truths" about their own region, rather than immediately pushing them to comprehend new and different…
Descriptors: Sociology, Learning Experience, Social Theories, Rural Urban Differences
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Khanna, Nikki; Harris, Cherise A. – Teaching Sociology, 2009
Teaching the social construction of race remains one of the most challenging tasks for instructors, yet understanding this concept is integral to student success in race and other inequality-themed courses. Instructors have access to an array of readings to help students understand race as a social construction, but few known inclass activities to…
Descriptors: Race, Sociology, Racial Factors, Concept Formation
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