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Exploring Stigma with Undergraduates
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Fox, Elena. 2016. “Exploring Stigma With Undergraduates”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, July. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


This lecture/in-class activity and take home writing assignment provide an engaging and informative way to help introduce students to the sensitive topic of stigma. Key theorists, such as Erving Goffman, and theories, such as Labeling and Modified Labeling Theory, are discussed, as well as consequences of stigmatization and ways in which stigma can be...

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Subject Area(s):
Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems
Resource Type(s):
Class Activity
Class Level(s):
Any Level
Class Size(s):

Usage Notes

- Make sure to check image and slide readability.
- This is a sensitive topic, so need to warn students at the beginning of the class that some things may seem/be offensive but they need to keep an open mind as this is all about learning what stigma and stigmatized identities are.

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Define and describe stigma
  2. Give an example of and recognize/classify stigma and types of stigmatized identities in today’s society

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Essay: Assesses both LOs 1 and 2. Essay prompt and evaluation rubric are provided. The essay can be used to assess the extent to which students are able to define and describe stigma, give an example of, and recognize/classify stigma in today’s society.
  2. Sample Questions: Assess both LOs 1 and 2. Multiple choice questions and answers are provided. Allows the instructor to assess the extent to which students comprehend the covered material in exam format, while also providing ideas for future questions

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