Intro to Sociology courses often serve as the “public” face of the field, but how do they contribute to students’ “mental image” of sociology? Miskolczi (2023) conducted a qualitative longitudinal study of students’ mind mapping the central concept of sociology in Hungary discovering recurring vagueness in their conceptualization of the field.

Host and Co-Creator of “The Social Breakdown” podcast, Ellen Meiser (2021), reflects on using podcasts in pedagogy, encouraging instructors to find ways to combat monotony in the classroom and critically analyze multimedia.

ASA Presidents Joya Misra, Prudence Carter, and Adia Harvey Wingfield defend the value of sociology in response to Florida’s “gross mischaracterization” of the discipline and the state’s decision to eliminate sociology as a core course option.

Want to engage more students using the Socratic method in your classes? Check Chiang-Lopez & Nuñez ‘s (2024) piece on the method’s challenges and strategies to minimize harm and student exclusion.

Struggling with how to assess active learning in the online classroom? Hasnine, Ahmed, and Ueda (2020) provide an analysis on active learning in various global contexts.

How do we implement community-based learning (CBL) in an era of austerity? Sarah Brown (2024) discusses how field trips can be a tool to engage students and achieve the core benefits of CBL.

Struggling to talk with students about the ongoing crisis in Gaza? JSTOR provides a syllabus of background readings to help students begin to make sense of the current and recurring violence.

See Clare Forstie’s (2019) unique take on using TSP’s “There’s Research on That” to teach introduction to sociology and get students to connect research and current events!

Attention Instructors! Prepping a new class and don’t know where to start? Try this Sociological Images resource for course guides, resources for new students, and topical collections designed to engage students’ sociological imaginations.

If teaching an introductory sociology class feels a little big with many directions to go, take a second to review this thorough course guide from Gwen Sharp to help you get started!