intro to sociology syllabus project

I’m retooling my introduction to sociology syllabus for the spring. Unfortunately, there are almost no syllabuses left on the open web to use for inspiration. Blackboard and the like have walled off most of our teaching materials from Google. ASA’s teaching resources site never really took off and sections no longer produce bound volumes with exemplar syllabuses and activities. Combined, this means that college instructors designing courses now have fewer resources than we did a decade ago. This is rather amazing, especially compared with the rise in our access to scholarship and data.

Anyway, I thought I would put up this post as a spot to share syllabuses for introduction to sociology courses.* If you send me your syllabus, I will post it in the table below. I’m seeding the repository with my syllabus from the fall.

Join the fun. Send me your syllabus.

Instructor Text Reader Document
Neal Caren (UNC-CH) Sociology Project 2.5 None Syllabus
Anya Galli Robertson (Maryland) Sociology Project 2.5 None Syllabus
Nathan Palmer (Georgia Southern) Sociology Project 2.5 None Syllabus
Dan Morrison (Vanderbilt) Sociology Project None Syllabus
Greg Scott (Depaul) Sociology Project Everyday Sociology Syllabus
Jessica Calarco (Indiana) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
C.J. Pascoe (Oregon) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
Tina Fetner (McMaster) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
Stephanie Medley-Rath (IUK) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
Jason Orne (Drexel) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
Tania Jenkins (Temple) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
(Health focus)
Jess Hardie (Hunter) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
Chris Chambers (Northeastern) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
Vivian Varela (Mendocino) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
Craig Rawlings (Northwestern) You May Ask Yourself Down to Earth Sociology Syllabus
Melissa Pirkey (Emory) None Down to Earth Sociology Syllabus
Kathy Liddle (Toronto) Exploring Sociology None Syllabus
Stephanie Medley-Rath (IUK) Sociology: A Brief Introduction None Syllabus
Michael Buhl (Collin College) Essentials of Sociology None Syllabus
Kathleen Lowney (Valdosta State) The Real World None Syllabus
Brenden Beck (Hunter) American Society None Syllabus
Syed Ali (LIU Brooklyn) None Contexts Reader Syllabus
jimi adams (American) None None Syllabus
Lane Kenworthy (UCSD) None None Syllabus
Andy Perrin (UNC-CH) None None Syllabus
Terrence McDonnell (Notre Dame) None None Syllabus

* If this works, I’ll try it with other courses.

6 thoughts on “intro to sociology syllabus project”

  1. This is a fun/potentially useful idea. But it is inaccurate to say that TRAILS “never took off.” TRAILS is used by hundreds of instructors and has published 17 new teaching resources since August. It’s just a different model–one requiring vetting of resources to be sure they are useful, represent best practices for pedagogy and assessment, and live up to disciplinary standards. Given the volume of intro syllabi already available in TRAILS (44), new ones are held to high standards for publications by the area editors who peer review submissions. TRAILS has indeed taken off, even if it doesn’t do every possible thing one could want from a teaching resources website.


    1. I agree that TRAILS is useful, for what it is. I’ve found the course activities to be the most useful part of TRAILS, while the syllabi less so. But, TRAILS definitely has a lot of resources on it to use.

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  2. I am an area editor for TRAILS and I have several items on TRAILS. From my experience, syllabi are held to an especially high standard. I have an intro syllabus on there, but only because it was high quality AND it was doing something different than existing syllabi on TRAILS (it was for an online version of intro). I hear from many folks that they view TRAILS pubs as “just syllabi” without recognizing that syllabi are probably the most difficult item to publish on TRAILS.

    I agree, however, that a repository of some sort would be useful. I do not know if TRAILS is the right home for that because of its emphasis on peer reviewing materials. An ideal repository would allow users to search via institution type, class size, seated/online/hybrid, and textbook as these would greatly impact how one might structure their own course.

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