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Sociology in Action
Cases for Critical and Sociological Thinking


Courses:
Public Sociology

December 2000 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The book's objective is to help students develop a skill -- their ability to interpret and analyze situations sociologically.

- Development of student skills and their "sociological eyesight" is facilitated through practice using decision cases, relatively short problem-centered narratives that promote critical thinking.

- The book's structure promotes the progressive and incremental development of skills.

Each chapter in Part I begins with a case. The body of each chapter introduces sociological ideas and concepts by using them to analyze the beginning case. Each chapter concludes with another case so that students can practice the specific skills they have acquired in the chapter, using the chapter's "Sociological Eyesight Analysis Guide." Part II contains additional cases, providing more opportunities for students to practice their skills at interpreting situations sociologically, and solving problems.

An instructor's manual is available to qualified adopters of Sociology in Action. To read the Introduction to the instructor's manual or to view a Sample Course Outline, click on "Additional Materials" in the left column under "About This Book."


 
PART ONE: DOING SOCIOLOGY
 
Seeing Society
 
Using Theory
 
Decoding Culture
 
Uncovering Inequalities and Power
 
Imagining Futures
 
PART TWO: DECISION CASES
 
The Worth of a Sparrow
 
Conflict at Riverside
 
Tossin' and Turnin'
 
Lucy Allman
 
In the Eye of the Beholder
The Case of the Minnetonka Kawn Ordinance  
 
Off to College
 
What's So Scary about the Truth?
 
People Like You
 
Lisa's Hidden Identity

"Using this book will help students gain competency in several areas that are central to the learning goals and outcomes of general education at the baccalaurate level: problem solving, communication, analysis and critical thinking, and perspective. Nothing could be better for introductory sociology today than this innovative text." 

Dean Dorn
California State University, Sacramento

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