AbstractIntroduction to Sociology courses often include the triumvariate of inequalities of race/ethnicity, social class, and gender in them. In working through these sections of the course, many instructors emphasize the intersectionalities of these three dimensions of inequality. The following exercise prompts students to analyze 1) the significance of race,...
- Subject Area(s):
- Race, Class and Gender
- Resource Type(s):
- Class Activity
- Class Level(s):
- College 100
- Class Size(s):
Usage NotesFor this assignment, I have students listen to Elna Baker’s "Babies Buying Babies" segment on This American Life (episode 347: Matchmakers, originally aired January 18, 2008) and analyze the episode in terms of race, class, and gender, and their intersections. The podcast is streaming for free and is available at:
Learning Goals and Assessments
- To learn and successfully analyze toy culture in terms of the course concepts of race, class, and gender.
- To examine intersectionalities of race, class, and gender.
- Students will demonstrate learning by assessing and analyzing the extent to which race, class, and gender emerged in and are of sociological significance in the podcast.
- Students will demonstrate learning by mapping the intersections of race, class, and gender in their written and oral responses.