T eaching and L earning

Authored by: Corey Dolgon

T he H andbook of S ociology and H uman R ights

Print publication date:  February  2013
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9781594518829
eBook ISBN: 9781315634227
Adobe ISBN: 9781317258391

10.4324/9781315634227.chFORTY

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Abstract

Born as an effort to use science as a foundation for studying social problems, sociology is often caricatured as a dour discipline, well equipped to deconstruct what’s wrong with the world but poorly positioned to teach students how they might change it for the better. While dismantling students’ cherished ideologies and mythologies, sociology professors rarely demonstrate how the discipline can inform alternative systems of values and practices based on more peaceful, just, and humane premises. The social problems course, in particular, remains a general litany of the world’s miseries instead of an inspiring peek at how a sociological imagination might empower students to use their individual and collective agency to make a better world.

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