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Developing a Sociological Imagination through Americanah: by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
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sociological imagination
semester long project
group project

How to Cite

Mycek, Mari Kate. 2018. “Developing a Sociological Imagination through Americanah: By Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, July. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


In this semester long project students read, discuss, and analyze Americanah from a sociological perspective. Through a close reading, in class discussions, a group presentation, and an individual final paper, students develop their sociological imaginations and deepen their understanding of core sociological concepts.

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Subject Area(s):
Race, Class and Gender
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Class Level(s):
Any Level
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Usage Notes

I have only used this assignment as part of a Principles of Sociology class. I usually have 30 students. I think the book works well for an introductory class because students are able to apply a broad range of different class concepts and theories. Though, I think it could work equally as well for upper-level classes on topics of immigration, race,...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. 1. Cultivate and apply your sociological imagination to the experiences of the characters in Americanah.
  2. 2. Understand what makes a good sociological discussion question and develop your own.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Assessment 1: This happens throughout the semester through in-class discussions (both inside and outside of book club). Additionally, the last two paragraphs of their individual papers asks them to address this specifically.
  2. Assessment 2 : I go over the handout "what makes a good book club discussion question." I then give individual feedback on their submitted questions each book club class.

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