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Teaching the Sociological Imagination: Imagining the Social Side of Loneliness (Canada)

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This lesson plan outlines a set of interactive exercises designed for one 50 minute tutorial in a first year introductory sociology course. Students are introduced to Mills’ The Sociological Imagination (1959) and participate in a close reading activity. The class then applies the sociological imagination to research reports on urban loneliness to explore how this seemingly private trouble is also a public issue with social roots and social outcomes. The lesson plan includes activity steps and timing, background information, and handouts and is ideal for a teaching assistant or first time instructor. This lesson plan has also been published in the ASA Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology. 

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Author: Katherine Lyon

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Welcome Dear Friends of Sociology!Please take two minutes of your time to go through this module on submission conventions and guidelines. Additional questions may be answered on our Q&A.If you have any further questions, please contact us at Thank you for your time to share your sociological teaching resources with our Global Repository of international sociologists!Dr. Katherine Lyon, University of British ColumbiaDr. Annette Tézli, University of CalgaryRichy Srirachanikorn, University of British Columbia

Material Type: Module

Author: Richy Srirachanikorn