Sociology Class Activities

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Sociology helps students understand how society impacts behavior. Some of these concepts would certainly benefit from hands-on engagement. These activities help create that engagement for students.

Subcultures & Countercultures in the School

Subcultures and countercultures are important aspects of of society. This activity gives them practice in identifying them.

Materials

  • Mini yellow legal pads
  • Pens

Instructions

  1. Explain to students that they will be conducting research on subcultures and countercultures through naturalistic observation.
  2. Divide the class into four or five smaller groups.
  3. Assign each group to observe a specific location in the school at specific times each day (e.g. the lunchroom every day at 12 pm for five days).
  4. As the students are observing, they should quietly take notes on the examples of subcultures and countercultures they witness.
  5. When the period of observation have ended for each group, have the group members gather to share their notes.
  6. Have each group collaborate using their findings to create a 5-minute presentation on the subcultures and countercultures spotted within the school. In their presentation, each group should include the area and the times at which they observed. They should also include specific examples of patterns of behavior that led them to their conclusions regarding the subcultures and countercultures.

Parenting 101

The structure of families is an essential component of the study of sociology. This fun activity gives students a chance to immerse themselves in different parenting scenarios.

Materials

  • Raw eggs
  • Permanent markers
  • Composition books

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