Sociology for Beginners

Jeff Manza

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    This article examines the teaching of the introductory course in sociology. The first section sets the context of the teaching of introductory sociology in American higher education. The second turns to an examination of the written materials of introductory sociology: the textbooks used in the vast majority of these courses. Their widespread use provides a window into how introductory sociology has evolved over time. These texts also provide a view of what certain stakeholders-publishers and a select group of authors-have taken as central for beginners to master. The third section considers the scholarship on teaching and learning (SOTL) literature in sociology, which has produced research on current pedagogical practices and on strategies, techniques, ideas, and solutions to problems that contemporary introductory instructors face. A short conclusion offers a reflection on the implications of these issues for the future of teaching in the discipline.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)241-261
    Number of pages21
    JournalAnnual Review of Sociology
    StatePublished - Jul 31 2023


    • history of sociology
    • introductory sociology
    • sociological pedagogy

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science


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