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Using Everyday Life to Illustrate Durkheim's Organic Solidarity.

Abstract:

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Martin Luther King Jr., a famous sociology major, once remarked, “Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you've depended on more than half of the world.” Drawing inspiration from this quote students are asked to describe what they did in a given day, in order to illustrate the individualism, diversity, and interdependence that is associated with Durkheim’s concept of Organic Solidarity. Learning outcomes include a stronger grasp of the political context in which Durkheim was writing, as an increased ability to apply organic solidarity, an abstract theoretical concept, to student lives.

Details:

Resource Type(s):
Class Activity 
Author(s):
Chris Hardnack, University of Oregon 
Date Published:
8/26/2014 
Subject Area:
Theory 
Class Level:
any 
Class Size:
Any 
Language:
English 


Learning Goals and Assessments:

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Goal 1:
Increase students' ability to recognize and apply abstract concepts to their own lives.
Assessment 1:
In an essay exam or short writing assignment, students are asked to explain and apply Durkheim's concept of Organic Solidarity to their own lives.

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