AbstractThis lesson plan outlines a set of interactive exercises designed for one 50 minute tutorial in a first year introductory sociology course. Students are introduced to Mills’ The Sociological Imagination (1959) and participate in a close reading activity. The class then applies the sociological imagination to research reports on urban loneliness to explore...
- Subject Area(s):
- Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems
- Resource Type(s):
- Class Activity
- Class Level(s):
- College 100
- Class Size(s):
Usage NotesThe lesson plan includes activity steps and timing, background information, and handouts and is ideal for a teaching assistant or first time instructor.
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Define and summarize the concept of the sociological imagination
- Apply the concept of the sociological imagination by analyzing a real life example of the linkage between public issues and private troubles
- Practice critical reading skills necessary for engaging with original sociological texts and reports
- Demonstrate the ability to explain to peers the key elements of the sociological imagination (the concepts of private troubles, public issues, and their interrelationship)
- Use the concept of the sociological imagination to interpret a public research report written about urban loneliness
- Interpret and explain key quotes from The Sociological Imagination; Read and discuss the implications of data in a public research report