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Why Sociology? Mini podcast interviews with applied and clinical sociologists
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applied sociology
clinical sociology
career pathways
sociological toolbox
Sociological Literacy Framework

How to Cite

Jauk, Daniela, and Angela Adkins. 2022. “Why Sociology? Mini Podcast Interviews With Applied and Clinical Sociologists”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, November. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


“Why Sociology?” is a podcast series for use in sociology classrooms featuring mini-interviews with sociology graduates of all degree levels (AA, BA, MA, PhD) who have taken career pathways beyond academia in applied and clinical careers. The goal of the series is to demonstrate the relevance of sociology to students and to highlight the applicability...

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Subject Area(s):
Applied Sociology/Evaluation Research, Capstone Courses, Internship/Service Learning, Introduction to Sociology/Social Problems, Occupations/Professions, Other, Public Policy, Sociological Practice, Teaching and Learning in Sociology
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Class Level(s):
Any Level
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Usage Notes

For this assignment, you will explore episodes from the “Why Sociology?” Podcast, a series of mini-interviews (20 minutes average) intended to provide a realistic perspective and accessible account of the vast field of applied sociology. The goal is to provide insight on vocational possibilities and connect them to sociological skills....

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Gain an understanding of careers in applied and clinical sociology.
  2. Make connections between personal career aspirations and skills with potential applied sociological careers.
  3. Understand the “Sociological Toolbox” and connect valuable sociological skills to careers.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Students will listen to several mini-interviews with applied sociologists and summarize the field of work and the professional role.
  2. In the discussion assignment, students relate their own career aspirations to the material provided.
  3. In the discussion assignment, students will examine the sociological literacy framework (American Sociological Association 2018, Ferguson 2016) and specifically connect the sociological toolbox to the material provided.

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