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Socratic Inquiry and Durkheim's Division of Labor
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The Division of Labor

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Kainer, John. 2016. “Socratic Inquiry and Durkheim’s Division of Labor”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, November. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


When students think about the sociology classes they are most excited to take, classical social theory is rarely at the top of that list. This set of notes and activity guide details a method for teaching students about Durkheim's division of labor without having to tell them explicitly everything that Durkheim said. I included citations for "The Division...

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Subject Area(s):
Resource Type(s):
Class Activity, Lecture
Class Level(s):
Any Level
Class Size(s):

Usage Notes

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. • Goal 1: This exercise is designed to introduce students to the sociology of Emile Durkheim in a way that piques their interest and makes them want to know more.
  2. • Goal 2: To shift the division of labor from an abstract set of ideas to a theory that is applicable to everyday modern life
  3. • Goal 3: To cultivate critical thinking skills and a spirit of inquisitiveness.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Classroom Discussion
  2. 2 Page Response Papers that choose a quote and give an example that shows the student understand the concept contained in the quote.
  3. Exam Questions

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