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Monograph-based Introduction to Sociology
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Introduction to sociology

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Devine-Eller, Audrey. 2013. “Monograph-Based Introduction to Sociology”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, September. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


In this essay, I describe a "monograph" style of teaching Introduction to Sociology, where students read seven full recent sociology monographs in lieu of a textbook or excerpts from a reader. The primary strength is in developing good readers who are excited about sociology. The primary weakness is that students can feel they are not getting a...

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Subject Area(s):
Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems
Resource Type(s):
Assignment, Bibliography, Syllabus
Class Level(s):
College 100
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Usage Notes

This syllabus is for a relatively high-level, reading-intensive, semester-long intro course. Both a 3-day/week (55 min) and a 2-day/week (80 min) schedule work fine. Maintaining a backbone structure through mini-lectures on terms and concepts is key to providing a more traditional introduction to the field.

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Goal 1: Students will develop their skill as readers of academic monographs.
  2. Goal 2: Students will learn to apply the sociological imagination by reading current sociological research.
  3. Goal 3: Students will learn to see tensions and connections across research findings.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Assessment 1: Students will demonstrate understanding of the readings in reading notes, class discussion and on written exams.
  2. Assessment 2: Students will demonstrate sociological imagination in class discussion and in their application of sociological terms to current events and their written assignments.
  3. Assessment 3: Students will explicitly examine tensions and connections across the readings on written exams.

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