TOOLS FOR TEACHING SOCIOLOGY: Teach well. It matters.

Looking for resources for teaching sociology? Below are snippets of some of the sociology teaching tools … Read More

RACE AND GUNS: Racial profiling and carrying a weapon

White men go shopping with their guns and express their rights; black men get assaulted carrying a permitted … Read More

RACISM AND THE POLICE: The Shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson

*For a look at the patterns that have emerged in the police shootings of unarmed black citizens since the shooting … Read More

SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION: COLLEGE ENROLLMENT IN CONTEXT

An understanding of the sociological imagination can be difficult in our very individually focused society. As a topic, the sociological … Read More

MASS INCARCERATION: DATA, TRENDS, AND COMPARISON

Staggering rates of mass incarceration are impacting minority communities disproportionally and it is the consequence of … Read More

NACIREMA: UPDATING A CLASSIC TO SEE YOUR OWN CULTURE AS AN OUTSIDER

Nacirema, that “exotic”, far-off place where people do “strange” things is one of the best ways to help … Read More

GLOBALIZATION: MEASURING THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

When most people think about “globalization”¬†they likely think about the global economy. In the more recent era, globalization was pushed … Read More

THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF RACE: BLURRY DISTINCTIONS AND CHANGING CATEGORIES

The social construction of race is made evident when we see how the boundaries and distinctions that supposedly distinguish … Read More

NORM VIOLATION: PETS OR FOOD?

Why don’t we eat dogs? That question will always get student’s attention. The definitions of “appropriate” food are … Read More

MINIMUM WAGE: DO WE UNDERSTAND THAT REALITY?

What does it mean to live on minimum wage in the US? For any student readers of this blog, you … Read More