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“The shining spark of truth cometh forth only after the clash of differing opinions.”


- ‘Abdu’l-Baha (Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, 1982, p. 87)

 

COURSES


Fall 2017:

  1. “Core Theorists” (Graduate)

  2. “The Social Theory of W. E. B. Du Bois” (Graduate)



TEACHING AND LEARNING RESOURCES


  1. ASA Teaching and Learning

  2. Library of Congress: Sociology

  3. MIT Open Courseware

  4. Teaching Sociology

  5. The Society Pages

  6. The Sociological Cinema

  7. The Global Sociology Blog

  8. Teaching Notes

PEDAGOGY


Sociology, as a paradigm for explaining human behavior, is also a reservoir rich in pedagogical techniques and perspectives that assist students to situate their own biographies in an ongoing cycle as both products and producers of social forces.  I challenge students to recognize where they are socially located and to closely study and question the knowledge they gain as indicators of particular institutions, ideologies, interests, interactions, and identities.

 

Toward this end, my pedagogy intends to utilize and enrich the framework of C. Wright Mills’ sociological imagination, grasping “history and biography and the relations between the two within society” (1959, p. 4).  The active study of the intersection between private troubles and public issues, must not be lost in our instruction of the discipline.  It is essential that we draw upon our own biographical histories and those of our students, if we are to properly contextualize the relationships between subjective meanings and asymmetrical social relations.