This book contains a series of twelve related exercises that focus on helping students to develop important critical thinking skills. Through the successful completion of the exercises they will learn how to identify and challenge commonly held assumptions, and to better understand and use the sociological perspective. They will read the popular media with a more critical eye, gain a better grasp of the complexity of causal relationships and learn how to draw out the implications and applications for change of theory and research. The exercises are arranged to allow students to build increasingly more complex skills and a better understanding of how to think sociologically.
2.Understanding and Using the Sociological Perspective.
3.Comparing and Contrasting.
5.Reading the Popular Media with a Critical Eye.
6.Describing versus Explaining.
7.Grasping the Complexity of Causal Relationships.
8.Predicting Probable Outcomes.
9.Collecting and Evaluating the Reliability of Firsthand Observations.
10.Evaluating an Empirical Research Article/Report.
12.Using Sociology: Drawing Out the Implications for Change/Applications of Theory and Research Results.
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