SociologyInFocus is a interesting, fresh, and sometimes irreverent sociological look at the world around you. Written by educators who can see the sociology in everything from PBS’s Masterpiece Theater to a hot dog eating contest.
SociologyInFocus is for readers who love knowing what’s really going on. Beneath the surface, beyond the spin, and behind what society tells us to believe is a truth informed by the sociological imagination. Readers can expect SociologyInFocus to cover the stories in the news, but from a sociological point of view that is not found anywhere in the mainstream media. SociologyInFocus is for the contrarian, the skeptic, and for readers who thirst for a more complete view of the world at large.
Each post on SociologyInFocus takes a topic straight from the headlines, pop culture, or the media and uses it as an illustrative example of sociological concepts. This lowers the on-ramp to learning sociology and encourages readers to draw their sociological lens into sharp focus. Posts may be irreverent or even silly at times, but make no mistake, we are committed 100% to solid pedagogy and student learning. Sociology doesn’t have to be broccoli and even when it is, SociologyInFocus can be some cheese sauce to pour on it
For Sociology Students
SociologyInFocus is dedicated to helping students learn sociology by explaining complex sociological concepts using examples from pop culture, the media, and everyday life. If you are taking a sociology course at any level or if you’ve ever thought about it, SociologyInFocus is the place to sharpen your sociological skills and reinforce what you’ve learned in class. If you are a student struggling in your sociology classes SociologyInFocus can help you see how the topics you discuss in class play out all around you everyday. If you love your sociology classes and you want to see how far down the rabbit hole you can go, then you are in the right place.
For Sociology Educators
SociologyInFocus was created by educators for educators. Each post on SociologyInFocus takes a concept from your classes and pairs it with an illustrative example from the media, pop culture, or the news to create an easy to understand, pedagogically rich experience for your students. Every post on SociologyInFocus ends with thought provoking questions that you can use to start a class discussion, start a lecture, or even as an assignment for your students to turn in for class credit. We can help educators take sociology out of the textbook and into the “real world” by providing you with realtime examples of sociology that your students have read about online, saw on TV, or experienced themselves. Let the educators at SociologyInFocus collaborate with you to make teaching easier and more enjoyable.