Thursday, July 29, 2004

Call for Techniques: Teaching Public Sociologies

One project the public sociologies group at UIUC is working on is putting together a public sociologies teaching resource. We'd like to have a link to it available here for public access sometime this fall. In the meantime, we would like to hear of teaching techniques, assignments, course structure, etc. used by you to encourage thinking about the world sociologically bridging gaps between the university and the rest of the world. This is intentionally general enough to hopefully include many ideas on methods, theory, and substantive topics.

This project is still in its formative stages, so if there are any oversights or suggestions on what should also be explicitly included please let me know.

Please send: a description of your project or technique, if available a sample of the project, a brief analysis of how this project has been useful for public sociologies (500 words or less please) along with a cover letter and brief bio to

Public Sociogies Working Group
c/o Teaching Resource Committee
326 Lincoln Hall
702 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

Your idea will be credited in the final guide with your name and instititution/affiliation, or whatever your preference (as long as it is within the editorial guidelines). If you have any questions, email me at el.murphy at (thanks to Alan Schussman for the gmail account).

Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2004. Hopefully, by this time your syllabi will be complete.


At 1:21 PM, Blogger Goesh said...

In as much as these blogs are deemed to be Public Sociology, I wonder if a small cash incentive would elicit some participation? When I first encountered these forums, I thought there would be a ton of commentary. Sociology seems to be having a rough time edging out of the classroom. I do note an increase in blog titles/contributors however. That hamburger commercial from years ago in which the elderly woman is at the counter looking at a tiny chunk of hamburger on a bun and she hollers, " Where's the beef!? " comes to mind.


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