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July 2021

Integrating ''the real world'' into introduction to sociology: Making sociological concepts real

Journal/Book: Teach Sociol. 2000; 28: 1307 New York Ave NW #700, Washington, DC 20005-4712, USA. Amer Sociological Assoc. 346-363.

Abstract: Teaching introduction to sociology successfully requires making sociological concepts ''real'' to students. Using examples from the mass media to depict and clarify important sociological concepts is one particularly successful method that has been well documented. This paper describes an approach using clips from a television show to explore sociological concepts in an introduction to Sociology course. This method encourages students to think of sociology as something that can help them to make sense of their world. Students learn that sociological concepts are important tools that can help make sense of everyday life, and gain an appreciation for the complexity and value of the sociological imagination.

Note: Article Misra J, Univ Massachusetts, Dept Sociol, SADRI W34A Machmer Hall, Amherst,MA 01003 USA

Keyword(s): POPULAR-MUSIC; INTERDISCIPLINARY CLASSROOM; FEATURE FILMS; FICTION; CULTURE; RACE; EYE


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