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Lowney, Kathleen S.; Price, Anne M.; Gonzalez Guittar, Stephanie – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Given that so many college students take Introduction to Sociology or Social Problems or both, we wondered about the amount of content overlap in these courses. We designed a study that used content analysis of syllabi from these courses in order to measure the amount of convergence between the two classes. In our sample, nearly 70 percent of the…
Descriptors: College Students, Sociology, Introductory Courses, Social Problems
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Roberts, Keith A. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
This is a response to "'World Religions' in Introductory Sociology Textbooks: In Search of the Sociology."
Descriptors: Sociology, Textbooks, Religion, Textbook Content
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Luna, Yvonne M.; Winters, Stephanie A. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Introduction to Sociology at a large public university was taught in two separate formats, blended learning and lecture, during the same semester by the first author. While some similarities existed, the distinction was in delivery of course content. Additionally, the blended class had one-third less in-class time that was primarily devoted to…
Descriptors: Sociology, Introductory Courses, College Students, Blended Learning
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Senter, Mary Scheuer – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Sociology research methods students in 2013 and 2016 implemented a series of "real world" data gathering activities that enhanced their learning while assisting the department with ongoing program assessment and program review. In addition to the explicit collection of program assessment data on both students' development of sociological…
Descriptors: Sociology, Research Methodology, Undergraduate Students, Alumni
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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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Smith, Stacy L. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
A modified version of Monopoly has long been used as a simulation exercise to teach inequality. Versions of Modified Monopoly (MM) have touched on minority status relative to inequality but without an exploration of the complex interaction between minority status and class. This article introduces Gender Stratified Monopoly (GSM), an adaptation…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Simulation, Minority Groups, Social Status
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Woodall, Denise – Teaching Sociology, 2017
A self-report questionnaire about past criminal behavior is presented here as a useful pedagogical tool to demonstrate the invalidity of crime rates, challenge stereotypes about criminals, exemplify policy problems, and personalize the ways in which race, gender, and class operate to disadvantage and advantage people in the administration of…
Descriptors: Questionnaires, Crime, Teaching Methods, Stereotypes
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Paino, Maria; May, Matthew; Burrington, Lori A.; Becker, Jacob H. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
This article describes a simulation activity designed to teach students about the wage gap. The wage gap is an important topic in many sociology classrooms, but it can be difficult to convey the accumulated disadvantage experienced by women and racial/ethnic minorities to students using in-class discussions, lectures, or assigned readings alone.…
Descriptors: Simulation, Teaching Methods, Wages, Equal Opportunities (Jobs)
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Markle, Gail – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Undergraduate social science research methods courses tend to have higher than average rates of failure and withdrawal. Lack of success in these courses impedes students' progression through their degree programs and negatively impacts institutional retention and graduation rates. Grounded in adult learning theory, this mixed methods study…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Undergraduate Students, Methods Courses, Mixed Methods Research
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Herda, Daniel – Teaching Sociology, 2017
The current analysis examines the degree to which a classroom activity using student response systems (SRS) can improve the accuracy of commonly held demographic misperceptions. Overestimation of religious, racial, and immigrant minority population sizes is pervasive in the United States and Western Europe, and such inaccuracies predict more…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Misconceptions, Audience Response Systems, Technology Uses in Education
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Jafar, Afshan – Teaching Sociology, 2017
This article describes an exercise designed to introduce the topic of Islam and Muslims in a Sociology of Globalization course. The activity asks students to complete a sentence regarding Muslim women. Rather than provide any definitive answers regarding Islam or Muslims, the purpose of the exercise is for students to see the reductive nature of…
Descriptors: Islam, Muslims, Sociology, Global Approach
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Konieczny, Piotr – Teaching Sociology, 2017
This paper presents an analysis of my experiences with a teaching activity that engages students in publishing in Wikipedia on issues relating to globalization. It begins with a short overview of some of the current debates revolving around teaching globalization, which lay ground for the assignment. I discuss how this teaching tool fits with a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Global Approach, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing
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Anderson, Norma J. – Teaching Sociology, 2017
In this article, I connect globalization and qualitative methodological practice, describing a semester-long intensive interview project about the anti-apartheid movement. I provide a detailed overview of the project as well as considerations for those who might want to adapt it for their own courses. Using students' reflections on the projects…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Social Change, Interviews, Student Projects
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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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Dallinger, Carolyn – Teaching Sociology, 2017
Developing a global mind-set in college students is a goal of many colleges and universities. Most often this goal is met by encouraging students to study abroad. This article explains how a service learning student engagement program at home achieves this goal by pairing Introduction to Sociology students with young immigrant children in a weekly…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Sociology, Teaching Methods, Qualitative Research
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