AbstractIn 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.
- Subject Area(s):
- Race, Class and Gender
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- Class Level(s):
- Any Level
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Usage NotesI 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,...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- 1. Cultivate and apply your sociological imagination to the experiences of the characters in Americanah.
- 2. Understand what makes a good sociological discussion question and develop your own.
- 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.
- 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.