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Curated by the TRAILS editorial staff, Resource Collections highlight syllabi, activities and assignments around important topics in sociology. Click the collection titles below to see a hand picked set of TRAILS resources.

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Teaching Statistics

October 13, 2021

Proficiency with statistics is one of the many valuable skills sociology majors can gain through their studies. It connects students to the empirical basis of the discipline and represents a marketable job skill. Sometimes viewed with dread, the resources in this TRAILS Collection demonstrate that teaching statistics can be engaging, and even fun.

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10 Most Frequently Downloaded Resources 2020

October 13, 2021

This resource collection includes the most frequently downloaded TRAILS resources in 2020. Some are new publications, some are resources that gained new relevance in 2020, and others have been on the top-10 list for many years in a row. And as you may notice, there are actually 11 resources here. That's because of ties in rankings. 

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Online Teaching

October 27, 2021

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many campuses are moving more of the sociology curriculum online. This resource collection highlights recent contributions of high quality resources designed for teaching online, with all of the unique pedagogical challenges that modality brings.

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Race and the Criminal Justice System

October 20, 2021

In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd on May 25 2020, conversations about racial disparities in policing surged in the news and on social media. This resource collection helps sociology faculty take those conversations to the next level, going deeper by giving students the opportunity to engage with relevant data, and going broader by considering how racial disparities play out across the criminal justice system, from crime victimization, to policing, to incarceration and re-entry.

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TRAILS Featured Resources

October 13, 2021

TRAILS, the Teaching Resources and Innovation Library for Sociology, provides thousands of pedagogical tools on a wide range of sociological topics, for all class levels. Our collection of resources continues to grow in size and topical content and is a great place for you to publish your own teaching resources. TRAILS Featured Resources highlights some of the library's timely and innovative resources that would be great additions to your teaching toolkit.

All TRAILS Resources

Browse the entire collection of TRAILS resources here.

Sometimes it just makes sense to be gently guided. In that spirit, we hope you enjoy perusing this curated set of TRAILS resources centered on themes of relevance and currency. Published resources have been collected in one space to facilitate your engagement with TRAILS and to provide ideas with greater efficiency. Please let us know how this feature works for you and send us any additional topics you would like to see included.

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