Teaching Political Sociology

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Teaching Political Sociology More Effectively : 

Teaching Political Sociology More Effectively Information Fluency Ida J. Cook, Department of Sociology, College of Sciences if

Information Fluency is the ability to:: 

Information Fluency is the ability to: Know when there is a need for information Be able to identify, locate, evaluate and Effectively Use information for the problem at hand (http://www.infolit.org/) if

Students will be encouraged to:: 

Students will be encouraged to: Consider and evaluate existing information resources, and Develop better approaches in Formulating questions Answering questions Arriving at solutions to political questions if

Changes in Activities and Approaches: 

Changes in Activities and Approaches To identify a variety of information resources To research philosophical and political bases of political action To research political candidates, platforms and policies To synthesize information on political events and behavior if

Outcomes - Examples (before): 

Assignment 1: Political Philosophers and Power “To help you have a clear understanding of each philosopher’s views of society, its structure and how it is controlled, i.e., the basis of power/authority…” Select a philosopher whose perspective best fits with your view of society and its political structure… Begin to develop a description of the philosopher’s theory. How is society structured? What is the basis for power and authority in his society? What form of power and authority exists in his world? How does he suggest society changes? Describe it. Outcomes - Examples (before) if

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Outcomes - Examples (after) Assignment 1: Political Philosophers and Power From the list of philosophers (below), select one whose perspective best fits your view of society and its political structure…and answer the following questions: (separated questions into manageable activities) A. Place the selected philosopher is a philosophical school: In what philosophical school does it originate? What are the major traits of that philosophical school? B. For your particular philosopher: Identify the traits of the theory of your selected philosopher. Identify the form of power and authority that existed in his historical world? According to him, how is society structured? What is the basis for power and authority in society? From your philosopher’s theoretical perspective, explain how society changes. C. Compare the traits of the philosophical school and his theory. if

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Resources to use for Assignments: Acceptable resources: Your textbook, classnotes Library catalog Books, E-books Databases: http://library.ucf.edu/Databases/TitleAL.asp#F Academic Search Premier Proquest National Newspapers or Lexus Nexis Search engines Google Scholar, (not general Google) Be sure to provide proper APA citation of sources You may not use Wikipedia or about.com for this assignment. if

Outcomes - Examples (before): 

Outcomes - Examples (before) Assignment 2: Philosophers and Theoretical Paradigms “You have already developed a description of a philosopher’s view of society, its structure, how it is controlled and the basis of society’s power and authority…” “Using the characteristics noted for various sociological theoretical paradigms, and the key points of the philosopher that you chose for Assignment 1:” Determine into which sociological theoretical paradigm you think the philosopher should be categorized. Record the major points of both the theoretical paradigm and philosophical position, that can be used to qualify your philosopher as that specific type of theorist. if

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Assignment 2: Philosophers and Theoretical Paradigms-before (continued) Familiarize yourself with another philosopher’s perspective: Compare and contrast the perspectives of your philosopher/sociological paradigm and at least one other philosopher/sociological paradigm. Identify and discuss the theoretical paradigm for the new philosopher you chose. You may use only the previously identified acceptable references . if

Outcomes - Examples (after): 

Outcomes - Examples (after) Assignment 2: Philosophers and Sociological Theoretical Paradigms (Assignment 2 was split into two separate assignments) Previously (assignment 1) you identified a philosopher’s view of society, its structure, how it is controlled and the basis of society’s power and authority. For this assignment, you will use a sociological theoretical paradigm to examine the key points of the selected philosopher’s perspective: Determine into which sociological theoretical paradigm you think the philosopher should be categorized. Identify and discuss the major points of the sociological theoretical paradigm as they apply to: Social structure Power and authority Social control Record the major points of both the theoretical paradigm and philosophical position, that can be used to qualify your philosopher as that specific type of theorist. if

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Outcomes - Examples (after) Assignment 3: Philosophers and Sociological Theoretical Paradigms (Assignment 2 was split into two separate assignments) This assignment will allow you to see how different philosophers address the question of power, authority, structure and control. You will need to select an additional philosopher from the list of philosophers. A. Briefly identify and discuss the key points of the new philosopher’s approach: Identify the traits of your selected philosopher. Identify the form of power and authority that existed in his historical world? According to the philosopher, how is society structured? What is the basis for power and authority in society? From your philosopher’s perspective, explain how society changes. if

Outcomes - Examples (after): 

Outcomes - Examples (after) Assignment 3: Philosophers and Sociological Theoretical Paradigms (separated questions into manageable activities) B. For the new philosopher that you chose, identify and discuss the sociological theoretical paradigm with which is most similar. Identify and discuss the major points of the sociological theoretical paradigm as they apply to: Social structure Power and authority Social control Record the major points of both the theoretical paradigm and philosophical position, that can be used to qualify your philosopher as that specific type of theorist. You may use only the previously identified acceptable references . if

Assignment 4: Comparison of approaches: 

Assignment 4: Comparison of approaches From the philosophers and sociological theories that you identified in Assignments 2 and 3, Explain how it differs from the other theory and Evaluate the two, arguing which one is stronger. Specifically, answer the question “Which approach best explains political structure and behavior and society.” if

IF Formulating research question (Std.1): 

IF Formulating research question (Std.1) Identify needed information Identify, utilize and apply political sociology concepts Access, manage and analyze existing information regarding originality and validity Effectively summarize findings as related to the research question Application of findings to future events Use proper citation if

Assignment 5 – Political Candidates (revised): 

Assignment 5 – Political Candidates (revised) The purpose of this assignment is to closely study a political candidate, their background, platform, constituents and appeals. You should seek information from multiple sources, including your text, course lectures, internet sources, etc. For your paper, you should do the following: Identify the background of the candidate, e.g., personal professional Identify the type of political structure, power and authority that the candidate espouses. Describe the political philosophy of the candidate Describe the theoretical approach of the candidate Provide similar information on the candidate’s opponent. Other: role of political party, campaign tactics, constituents, ideology, etc. Your candidate’s success/failure and reasons why. if

Information Fluency in Political Sociology - Future Plans: 

Information Fluency in Political Sociology - Future Plans Improving approaches in presenting questions and information of subject matter Encourage successful development of problem statements Include assistance in finding and evaluating information resources, e.g., library, internet sites, importance of multiple sources Stressing need for citation Guidance in summarizing results Assistance in applying knowledge gained if