AbstractTeaching the three major sociological perspectives in an introductory course can be challenging. The perspectives can be difficult for students to understand, but applying the perspectives to concrete examples can help clarify them. This active learning exercise gives students the opportunity to apply the perspectives to some familiar and interesting...
- Subject Area(s):
- Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems
- Resource Type(s):
- Class Activity
- Class Level(s):
- Any Level
- Class Size(s):
Usage Notes1. Materials
The student handout contains seven topics. Each group should select one of the topics to discuss and present.
This activity is best done after a lecture on the perspectives, so students are familiar with them. I have only used it at the start of the semester, but it would also be effective in the...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- "To think critically, such that the student will be able to: … engage in teamwork where many or different viewpoints are presented" (ASA 2004).
- "Communicate effectively the basic theoretical perspectives of sociology by … applying each major theoretical perspective to a current event" (TCCD 2005).
- During the discussions, the instructor should move around the room, ensuring each student contributes to their group discussions.
- Groups demonstrate the ability to apply the perspectives by reporting to the class. They receive feedback from the instructor and other students, which should ensure they addressed each question. A document with sample answers from students is attached.