Chapter 3: Developing an introductory course design that promotes sociological literacy
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In this chapter, I discuss major challenges in designing an introductory course in sociology and their possible solutions. I identify the concepts and competencies that most scholars agree are important to teach in introductory courses, summarized in the Sociological Literacy Framework. I also discuss the most effective teaching and assessment methods for these courses. My review of the literature suggests that introductory courses should: (1) familiarize students with concepts they will encounter and skills they will need to succeed in more advanced sociology coursework, in their future careers, and as citizens; (2) use selections from original works and course materials that illuminate social problems; (3) incorporate active learning and inclusive teaching practices; (4) develop clear, measurable learning goals; and (5) leverage multiple forms and points of assessment, including baseline measures or control groups when possible.

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