AbstractUsing Ashley Mears' Pricing Beauty as a basis, students are introduced to stratification, the social construction of beauty, and content analysis on the first day of class. Moreover, the class discussion prompted by the activity helps set the tone for future class discussions.
- Subject Area(s):
- Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems
- Resource Type(s):
- Class Activity
- Class Level(s):
- College 100
- Class Size(s):
Usage NotesBy introducing this activity on the first day, most students are going to have very little understanding of sociology at this point. The tone of the class has not yet been set to prevent sexist and other derogatory comments from students, but is being set through this activity.
This exercise could make students uncomfortable because images may...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Goal 1: This exercise is designed for students to introduce students to the research tools that sociologists use, specifically, content analysis.
- Goal 2: This activity will introduce students to the concept of stratification in an effort to give students a preview of one of the major course components.
- Goal 3: The tone of the activity will help "break the ice" on the first day of the semester and prepare the students for subsequent class discussions.
- Goal 1: Test question
- Goal 2: Test question