Using Community Studies to Facilitate “Study in Depth”

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Spring 2010

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Currents in Teaching and Learning




A particular strategy used in a sociology course can be applied in other disciplines. Sociology’s classic and contemporary community studies are one potential resource that facilitates “study in depth.” Community studies facilitate study in depth by exposing methodological and theoretical issues, the interconnectedness of social institutions, and the influence of social structures on everyday life. The various intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion, stratification, and other key sociological concepts occur in most of these studies, leading to a deeper understanding of the components and the complexity of social life. Community studies provide a good framework for thinking (they encourage reflection and theorizing), and using them as part of an instructional strategy can foster deep learning and study in depth.


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