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Abandon Ship!
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Salituro, Chris. 2011. “Abandon Ship!”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, August. Washington DC: American Sociological Association. https://trails.asanet.org/article/view/abandon-ship.

Abstract

This lesson is a simulation based on real life events. Students will take on a status, role-play based on that status and then debrief the activity. The goal of this simulation is that Students will understand the social construction of individual’s identities; Students will understand macro and micro levels of analysis in sociology; Students will...

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Details

Subject Area(s):
High School Sociology
Resource Type(s):
Class Activity
Class Level(s):
High School
Class Size(s):
Any

Usage Notes

I currently use this during my introductory unit for an introduction to sociology course. I usually introduce the concepts of sociological imagination and social construction of reality before doing this simulation. I then use the simulation to introduce the ideas of macro and micro levels of analysis. So, the activity provides a useful example for...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Students will understand the social construction of individual’s identities. This lesson should be an example for the students of Peter Berger's "social construction of reality".
  2. Students will understand macro and micro levels of analysis in sociology.
  3. Students will analyze how social status shapes individuals experiences. This lesson should be an example of how Mills’ "sociological imagination" and how individuals' private difficulties are public issues.

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