Undergraduate students often struggle to relate to social theory, which they see as abstract and outdated. Hoping to bring social theory to the present, this in-class activity and follow-up assignment challenge students to develop theoretically informed policy recommendations that address current social problems. To familiarize students with the policy...
- Subject Area(s):
- Marxist Sociology, Policy Analysis, Public Policy, Theory
- Resource Type(s):
- Assignment, Class Activity
- Class Level(s):
- College 200, College 300
- Class Size(s):
- Medium, Small
Sociology students may not be familiar with the format of the policy brief. I, therefore, recommend a small group exercise in thinking about and writing policy brief. The class activity requires 50-60 minutes. After practicing in class, I administer the take-home assignment after reviewing each theoretician. I recommend using...
Learning Goals and Assessments
Students will interpret current social problems using relevant theoretical tools.
Students will develop theoretically-informed policy recommendations
Students will contrast and compare different theoretical perspectives
- Students use the appropriate concepts to describe and interpret a current social problem
Students identify theoretically appropriate policy goals and develop theoretically-informed policy recommendations to achieve them.
In a reflection note, students will critically evaluate the usefulness of different theoretical perspectives for policy design....