AbstractIn the United States, there is a growing acceptance and embrace of tattoos, especially among younger generations. Tattoos hold powerful messages of identity and belonging ripe for sociological exploration. The Campus Tattoos Project (CTP) is an innovative, semester-long assignment that uses tattoos to teach sociological concepts and methods.
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- Visual Sociology
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- Class Level(s):
- Any Level
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Usage NotesThe Campus Tattoos Project is appropriate for semester- and quarter-length sociology courses. It appeals to sociology majors and non-majors. We employed the project in Introduction to Sociology sections ranging in size from 60 to 270. It could readily fit in courses on stratification, social psychology, groups and organizations, research methods, or as a...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Apply basic sociological concepts.
- Employ sociological research methods to arrive at empirically grounded conclusions.
- Understand social sources of human identity.
- Application criterion on report rubrics.
Class discussion asking students to assess use of concepts in each report.
In-class poll or course evaluation item to measure CTP teaching application of concepts.
- Methodology criterion on report rubrics.
Class discussion asking students to assess use of research methods in each report.
In-class poll or course evaluation item to measure CTP teaching research methods.
- CTP Report 4 rubric.
Class discussion asking students to assess understanding of identity from CTP research.
In-class poll or course evaluation item to measure CTP teaching social sources of identity.