- Nathan Palmer’s 2014 blog post from Sociology in Focus entitled “What to Take From Your Sociology Class”: http://web.archive.org/web/20170925030022/http://sociologyinfocus.com/2014/12/what-to-take-from-your-sociology-class/
- Read the attached excerpts (see file link above) from two reports put together by the American Sociological Association. The first three pages are from data collected between November 2013 and January 2014 from a sample of 2012 graduates. The last five pages is from a sample of 2005 graduates and comes from data collected in 2005 about plans for the future and then again in early 2007 about what the graduates were actually doing. You can see in these tables the breakdown of occupational categories for sociology majors as well as what kinds of jobs undergraduate sociology students end up with after college.
- Watch this 9.7 minute video “What is Sociology? Crash Course Sociology #1” at https://youtu.be/YnCJU6PaCio
Note: Some people find that the presenter in the Crash Course videos speaks too fast. Others may find it difficult to pay attention without it being a little faster. Note that you can slow down or speed up how fast the audio is in the video. When you hover over the video, click on “Settings” (the gear icon), “Playback Speed,” and then select one or choose Custom to write in your own. 1.0 is the original speed. 0.5 would be half speed, 2.0 would be double speed.
Module #2: Systems Thinking
- Johnson, Allan. 2014. Chapter One: The Forest, the Trees, and the One Thing.” Pages 7-30 in The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise (3E). Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
- Jones, Camara Phyllis. 2000. “Levels of Racism: A Theoretical Framework and a Gardener’s Tale.” American Journal of Public Health 90(8):1212-1215. https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.90.8.1212
- Dillon, Michele. 2020. Excerpts from Chapter Two: Emile Durkheim (1858-1917), in Introduction to Sociological Theory: Theorists, Concepts, and Their Applicability to the Twenty-First Century (3E). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
>Pages 77-81 (Start at the first paragraph in Chapter Two. Stop when you get to “Social Facts and Social Problems”)
>Pages 83-102 (Start at “The Nature of Society.” Skip Box 2.1 Georg Simmel on page 90. Stop when you get to “Religion and the Sacred”)
- Watch this 9.5 minute video “Émile Durkheim on Suicide & Society? Crash Course Sociology #5” at https://youtu.be/IZfGGF-YYzY
Module #3: The Sociological Imagination
- PDF (see above) includes
- Excerpts (5 pgs.) from: Mills, C. Wright. 1959. “Chapter 1: The Promise.” Pp. 3-24 in The Sociological Imagination. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Excerpts (4 pgs.) from: Berger, Peter. 1963. Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Perspective. New York, NY: Anchor Books: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group.
- Excerpts (1 pg.) from: Collins, Randall. 1998. “The Sociological Eye and Its Blinders.” Contemporary Sociology (27)1:2-7.
- Excerpts (1 pg.) from: Feltey, Kathryn. 2012. “Doing Sociology to Make a Difference: Commitment, Values, and the Promised Land.” Sociological Focus 39(3):149-156.
- Rank, Mark. 2011. “Rethinking American Poverty.” Contexts Spring:16-21. Available here: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1536504211408794
- Watch/listen to Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie’s 2009 TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story,” available at: https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story?language=en
Module #4: Doing Sociology
Go to http://ori.hhs.gov/TheLab/TheLab.shtml and complete the online simulation.
Module #5: Sociology Lab
Module #6: Culture as a Social Force
- Miner, Horace. 1956. “Body Ritual among the Nacirema.” American Anthropologist 58(3):503-507.
- Johnson, Allan. 2014. Chapter Two: Culture: Symbols, Ideas, and the Stuff of Life.” Pages 31-62 in The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise (3E). Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
- Watch this video: http://media.pearsoncmg.com/ph/hss/SSA_SHARED_MEDIA_1/sociology/videos/core_concept_videos/Basics_03_Culture.html
- Watch (optional) Sam Richards’ 2010 TEDx Talk, A radical experiment in empathy. https://www.ted.com/talks/sam_richards_a_radical_experiment_in_empathy?language=en
Module #7: The Social Construction of Reality
- Dillon, Michele. 2020. “Phenomenology: Alfred Schutz, Peter Berger, and Thomas Luckmann.” Pages 282-292 in Introduction to Sociological Theory: Theorists, Concepts, and Their Applicability to the Twenty-First Century (3E). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
- Rosenhan, David. 1973. “On Being Sane in Insane Places.” Science 179(4070):250-258. (And/or listen to this 29-minute BBC radio story, “The Pseudo-Patient Study,” available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b00lny48).
Note: While Rosenhan’s article had a profound impact on social change, there are issues with the scientific integrity and ethics of his work, as uncovered by Susannah Cahalan in her 2019 book The Great Pretender. If you are interested (not required), check out this New York Times article about the book: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/27/books/review-great-pretender-susannah-cahalan.html or otherwise do a search for the book to read more about it or listen to an interview with the author.
- Optional: Hoffman, Andrew. 2012. “Climate Science as Culture War.” Stanford Social Innovation Review Fall:30-37. Alternatively, Hoffman gave a 38-minute talk (an hour with Q&A) on the same subject matter that is available to watch as a video at https://youtu.be/jKtdkf1fo3c
- Watch Sonia Shah’s 15-minute TED Talk from 2013, “3 reasons we still haven’t gotten rid of malaria,” at https://www.ted.com/talks/sonia_shah_3_reasons_we_still_haven_t_gotten_rid_of_malaria?language=en
- A great example of social constructionism is this video clip (from a longer documentary called Busting Out) about the social construction of breasts as sexual.
Module #8: Society in self
- Excerpts from: Berger, Peter. 1963. Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic Perspective. New York, NY: Anchor Books: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group. (PDF is attached above)
- Johnson, Allan. 2014. Chapter 3: The Structures of Social Life.” Pages 63-90 in The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise (3E). Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
- Johnson, Allan. 2014. Pages 107-113 (part of Chapter 5: Us, it, and Social Interaction) in The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise (3E). Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
- Watch this 3 1/2 minute video, “Are We Victims Of ‘Bystander Effect’?”: https://youtu.be/H2tXqx_wbEo
- If you want to learn more (optional) about the Stanford Prison Experiment, check out https://www.prisonexp.org/.
- Watch this 5 1/2 min. video clip that provides an overview of socialization: https://media.pearsoncmg.com/ph/hss/SSA_SHARED_MEDIA_1/sociology/videos/core_concept_videos/Basics_05_Socialization.html
- Watch this 55-minute 1997 documentary Genie: Secret of the Wild Child: https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/genie-secret-wild-child/
- Watch this 7.5 minute video on Gendered Marketing from The Checkout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JDmb_f3E2c
- Watch this 7.25 minute video A Girl Like Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0BxFRu_SOw
- Check out these student photo essays: Go to http://www.ezratemko.com/uncategorized/gender-socialization-posts-for-soc-111/ and look through the photo essays linked from that webpage.
Module #9: Self in Society: Social Interaction
- Johnson, Allan. 2014. Pages 113-124 (Start at “Self in Systems” and finish Chapter 5: Us, it, and Social Interaction) in The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise (3E). Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
- Goffman, Alice. 2009.”On the Run: Wanted Men in a Philadelphia Ghetto.” American Sociological Review 74(3):339-357.
Want to learn more?
>17 min. NPR interview at https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2014/05/22/philadelphia-crime-goffman
>46 minute WBUR interview at https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2014/06/10/fugitives-philadelphia-crime-america
>Her ethnography / book has been controversial, a search on the matter will give you many sources to read about that.
- Watch this two minute video on dramaturgy: https://youtu.be/6Z0XS-QLDWM
Module #10: Social stratification, class
- Wright, Erik Olin. 2010. Envisioning Real Utopias. Chapter 3 (pages 33-85): “What’s So Bad About Capitalism.“ from Envisioning Real Utopias. Available at: https://www.ssc.wisc.edu/~wright/Published%20writing/UtopiasCh3.pdf
- Hays, Sharon. 2003. “Off the Rolls: The Ground-Level Results of Welfare Reform.” Dissent 50(4):48-53.
- Downie, Annie. 1997. “I Am Your Welfare Reform.” Hip Mama Fall:29-30.
- Watch this 9.38 minute video “The Impacts of Social Class: Crash Course Sociology #25” at https://youtu.be/0a21mndoORE
- Watch BBC Radio’s 2 minute video “Karl Marx on Alienation” at https://youtu.be/PZ4VzhIuKCQ
- Watch Sociology Live!’s 5.3 minute video “Alienation”, at https://youtu.be/30HeJvE9KCg
Module #11: Gender
- From Allan Johnson’s The Gender Knot: Start at page 3 (Chapter 1) and stop at “The power of patriarchy… (second paragaph)” on page 17
- The Intersex Campaign for Equality’s two-page fact sheet “Brief Guidelines for Intersex Allies”, available at: https://www.intersexequality.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Brief-Guidelines-for-Intersex-Allies.pdf
- Erin McSweeney’s “The Sociology of Intersex” at https://medium.com/perspectives-on-gender/the-sociology-of-intersex-582bca1346aa
- Watch the National Center for Transgender Equality’s 4 minute video “An Introduction to Transgender People,” available at: https://www.facebook.com/TransEqualityNow/videos/10153582088701990/
- Watch Chiyo Gomes’s 5 minute video “The Quest for Top Surgery,” available at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/chiyostopsurgery (scroll down or go to https://vimeo.com/310732636)
- Kristen Schilt and Laurel Westbrook’s 2015 6-page article from Contexts, “bathroom battlegrounds and penis panics,” available at: https://contexts.org/articles/bathroom-battlegrounds-and-penis-panics/
- Excerpt (pages 7-15) from: Nordberg, Jenny. 2014. The Underground Girls of Kabul. Penguin Random House, New York. Available at: https://www.scribd.com/doc/237914917/Underground-Girls-of-Kabul-by-Jenny-Nordberg-Excerpt
Nordberg, Jenny. 2010. “Afghan Boys Are Prized, So Girls Live the Part.” New York Times, September 20. Available: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/world/asia/21gender.html
- Two-page fact sheet on gender microaggressions: https://www.unh.edu/sites/default/files/departments/office_of_the_provost/Academic_Admin/gendermicroaggressions.pdf
- Sarkeesian, Anita. 2015/2013. Feminist Frequency. Watch an episode such as Damsel in Distress at https://feministfrequency.com/video/damsel-in-distress-part-1/ or Women as Reward at https://feministfrequency.com/video/women-as-reward/
- Watch Watch Laura Bates’ 2013 TEDx talk on Everyday sexism at https://www.ted.com/talks/laura_bates_everyday_sexism?language=en
- Watch the 90 minute documentary The Mask You Live In (via Kanopy)
Module #12: Race
- The American Anthropological Association’s 1998 “AAA Statement on Race,” available at https://www.americananthro.org/ConnectWithAAA/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=2583
- PBS’s 2003 “Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Race,” available at https://www.pbs.org/race/000_About/002_04-background-01-x.htm
- Gans, Herbert J. 2005. “Race as Class.” Contexts Fall:17-21. Available at https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1525/ctx.2005.4.4.17
- Watch this video (Christian Picciolini’s TED Talk, “My Descent into America’s neo-Nazi movement – and how I got out”)
- Watch the one-hour PBS documentary The House We Live in from Race: The Power of an Illusion (on Kanopy). Make sure to select Episode Three.
- Watch the 30 minute video When the Bough Breaks (via Kanopy, from Unnatural Causes)
- Go to https://everysinglewordspoken.tumblr.com/archive and watch at least five of the videos (click on movie titles).
- Watch this 1.75 minute video on racism from Brave New Films: https://youtu.be/fTcSVQJ2h8g
See more information about any of the claims in the video with link at this news story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/won k/wp/2015/05/01/8-reasons-and-onepowerful- video-show-why-racism-is-real-inamerica/
- Read Peggy McIntosh’s White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
- Watch Shelley Correll’s 47-minute lecture (on stereotype threat), How Gender Stereotypes Influence Emerging Career Aspirations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwviTwO8M8Q
Module #13: Theorizing Social Stratification & Social Change
- Lee, Taeku. 2011. “Chapter 17. Collective Movements, Activated Opinion, and the Politics of the Extraordinary.” Pp. 257-272 in Sina Odugbemi and Taeku Lee’s (Eds.) Accountability through Public Opinion: From Inertia to Public Action, Washington, D.C.: The World Bank. https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/2296
- Meyer, David. 2003. “How social movements matter.” Contexts 2(4):30-35. Available at: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1525/ctx.2003.2.4.30
- Loeb, Paul Rogat. 2014. “Chapter 39: The Real Rosa Parks.” Pages 338-342 in Loeb’s The Impossible Will Take a Little While: perseverance and hope in troubled times. New York, NY: Basic Books.
- Pellow, David Naguib and Robert J. Brulle. 2007. “Poisoning the Planet: The Struggle for Environmental Justice.” Contexts 6(1):37-41. Available at: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1525/ctx.2007.6.1.37
- Ken Hardy’s Tasks: https://artsmidwest.org/sites/default/files/KenHardyTasks_Handout.pdf
- Allyship packet (See above attachment)
- Watch these two 9-10 minute videos by Good Morning America, one of Dolores Huerta at https://youtu.be/I3ZyUDAh4B0 and one of Judith Heumann at https://youtu.be/b4LEIk7eQ8U.
Module #14: Survey of Sociology
Module #15: Survey, Synthesis
- Francis, Ara and Jill Bakehorn. 2013. “on (not) practicing what we preach.” Contexts Fall:80-83. Available at: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1536504213511224
Module #16: Wrap-up, Final Exam
Other Readings I don’t use now but used to:
Gloria Steinem’s 1978 article from Ms. Magazine, If Men Could Menstruate
Nyseth, Hollie, Sarah Shannon, Kia Heise, and Suzy Maves McElrath. 2011. “Embedded Sociologists.” Contexts Spring:44-50.
Persell, Caroline. 1990. “Doing Social Research.” From: Persell, Caroline Hodges. 1990. “Doing Social Research.” Pp. 26-36 in Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociology. 3rd ed. New York , NY : Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc. Available at: http://www.asanet.org/sites/default/files/savvy/introtosociology/Documents/Persell%20Methods%20Reading11.htm
Lareau, Annette. 2002. “Invisible Inequality: Social Class and Childrearing in Black Families and White Families.” American Sociological Review 67(5):747-776.
Gaventa, John. 1995. “Citizen Knowledge, Citizen Competence and Democracy Building.” The Good Society 5(3):28-35.
Alvarado, Lorriz Anne. 2010. “Dispelling the Meritocracy Myth: Lessons for Higher Education and Student Affairs Educators.” The Vermont Connection 31:10-20.
Ganz, Marshall. 2011. “Public Narrative, Collective Action, and Power.” Pages 273-289 (Chapter 18) in Odugbemi, Sina and Taeku Lee (Eds.), Accountability Through Public Opinion: From Inertia to Public Action. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development / The World Bank, Washington, DC
Love, Barbara. 1984. “Developing a Liberatory Consciousness.” Pp. 470-474 in Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, edited by M. Adams. L. Bell, and P. Griffin. New York, NY:Routledge.