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Teaching Symbolic Interactionist Theory Through Werewolf
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Baxter, Nicholas, and Christopher Conner. 2021. “Teaching Symbolic Interactionist Theory Through Werewolf”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, September. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


Engaging with symbolic interaction theory can be a powerful experience for students, due to its potential to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and analyze students’ everyday life. However, some students may have difficulty grasping the significance of the underlying concepts contained within the perspective. This class activity uses the game

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Usage Notes

The activity focuses on recognizing how social meanings are interactional accomplishments that result from continuous social interaction. The activity can be used to demonstrate symbolic interactionist theory, as well as a variety of related interpretive sociological concepts including: stigma, dramaturgy, labeling, and the social construction of reality....

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Goal 1: Students will apply their knowledge about symbolic interactionist theory and concepts through the use of a simulation game.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Assessment 1: Students participate in a class discussion applying and evaluating symbolic interactionist concepts.
  2. Assessment 2: Students complete a reflection worksheet aimed at applying their knowledge of related sociological concepts and theory to the activity.

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