Series: Introduction to Sociology

Over the 2023-2024 academic year, we’ll be publishing a series on teaching Introduction to Sociology as a form of public sociology. Intro to Sociology is often the first contact students have with the discipline of sociology, but Intro students are also “first publics” for instructors who want to teach public sociology engagement and reflection.

In this series, we ask contributors to think of their own experiences in Intro to Sociology courses as teachers and students and invite them to reflect on how public sociology can be imagined and fostered in this early stage of sociological study. We invite Class Notes and Reflections on teaching Intro as public sociology, following our submissions guidelines here.

From Incarceration to Hope: Teaching in Youth Jail Facilities 

In my almost twenty years of working with system-impacted individuals my goals have always been two-fold: 1. Advocate for those … Read More

Pop Culture Fridays

My first semester of teaching Introductory Sociology was to a class of 120 students, and I had just completed my … Read More

Teaching in the Era of Social Media and Soundbite News

I started my teaching career as an Assistant Professor in August 2020. Three out of the five sociology courses I … Read More

Intro Textbooks as Public Sociology: A Conversation with Kathleen Korgen

Intro to Sociology classes are frequently the first and only contact many students will have with sociology, which also makes … Read More

Intro Textbooks as Public Sociology: A Conversation with Lisa Wade

Intro to Sociology classes are frequently the first and only contact many students will have with sociology, which also makes … Read More

Intro Textbooks as Public Sociology: A Conversation with Shamus Khan

Intro to Sociology classes are frequently the first and only contact many students will have with sociology, which also makes … Read More

Intro Textbooks as Public Sociology: A Conversation with Dalton Conley

Intro to Sociology classes are frequently the first and only contact many students will have with the discipline, which also … Read More

Public Sociology’s Expression

I can still recall that 2016 election night gathering filled with sociology faculty and graduate students from across Rhode Island. Read More