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Teaching Materials

Keyboard Keys Tools GraphicFor me teaching is perhaps the most rewarding part of my career. As a deeply passionate teacher, I invest a great deal of time and energy in my students and developing my course tools. I would like to share with you some of my Syllabi, Lesson Plans, Assessment tools and an assortment of other Teaching Materials from each of the three universities that I have taught at. Click on the university name to see the classes that I taught at a particular school, or just scroll down to see material from each of the different classes. All of the documents are available to download as a PDF.

Concord University

Syracuse University

University of Cincinnati


Concord University Courses


SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

SOC 201: Social Problems

SOC 220: Sociology of Gender SOC 230: Sociology of the Law
SOC 301: Sociology of Families SOC 307: Social Psychology
SOC 320: Popular Culture & Social Movements SOC 350: Digital Culture and Social Behavior
SOC 350: Gender, Space and Place SOC 398: Qualitative Research Methods

SOC 406: Sociological Theory

 


SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

This entry-level survey course gives students an overview of they key ideas and subfields within sociology. I focus on how people choose to organize themselves and how they build and interact with the institutions, systems, and structures of society; these include social, political, economic, and cultural components.

Syllabus
SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

Classroom Activity
Understanding Poverty Activity

PowerPoint Lecture
Deviance and Crime

Assignment
Mid-Term Visual Essay Project



SOC 201: Social Problems

This course focuses on providing students with a critical perspective of contemporary social problems. I provide analysis of both social problems as well as possible solutions. Additionally, this course focuses on issues of inequality and social stratification in the US as well as globally.

Syllabus
SOC 201: Social Problems

PowerPoint Lecture
Racial Inequality

PowerPoint Lecture
Health Care as a Social Problem


Assignment
Social Problems Solutions Assignment

SOC 220: Sociology of Gender

This seminar course encourages students to critically question the nature of gender and implications it has on our everyday lives. I take a diverse approach by engaging issues of gender globally and including the perspectives of women, men, gays, lesbians, and transgender people, in order to get a more robust perspective of gender.

Syllabus
SOC 220: Sociology of Gender

PowerPoint Lecture
Gender and Sexuality

Small Group Discussion
Small Group Discussion Questions

Exam
Take Home Essay Exam


SOC 230: Sociology of the Law

This advanced course considers the role of the US legal system in modern society, with a particular emphasis on issues of racial and class inequality. Using a discussion based format, I encourage students to consider individual and group interactions as they relate to the multifaceted aspects of the legal system.

Syllabus
SOC 230: Sociology of the Law

PowerPoint Lecture
Power and Inequality

PowerPoint Lecture
Law and Social Control

Classroom Activity
Concept Mapping of the Legal System


SOC 301: Sociology of Families

This upper division seminar examines the role, structure and function of families in contemporary society. I explore issues such as relationship development, parenting and children, family crisis, violence, divorce and the changing families role in society.

Syllabus
SOC 301: Sociology of Families

Small Group Discussion
History of the Family

PowerPoint Lecture
Emergent Families in the Global Era

Assignment
Sociology of Families Final Paper


SOC 307: Social Psychology

This upper division theory course examines the micro structural through social psychological theory. We examine the theoretical roots as we consider both the structure of the theoretical perspective and its application on the analysis of individual interaction.

Syllabus
SOC 307: Social Psychology

Classroom Activity
Media Representation Activity

PowerPoint Lecture
Ethical Social Research

Exam
Take Home Essay Exam


SOC 320: Popular Culture & Social Movements

This course explores the experience of living in a media infused culture by considering the role that contemporary technological innovation has on our lives. I designed the class to give students a look at the interdisciplinary field of media studies and technology studies with a focus on the contributions of popular culture in social movements.

Syllabus
SOC 320: Pop Culture Social Movements

Classroom Activity
Popular Culture Exposure Journal

PowerPoint Lecture
Critical Approach to Popular Culture

Assignment
Final Paper Assignment


SOC 350: Digital Culture and Social Behavior

Students critically engage with the contemporary social practices of digital culture and technology use. They discuss, read and analyze sociology of technology by examining social media, gaming, texting, smartphones and related technologies. As the capstone project for the class, student essays were collected, edited and combined into an eBook. I then made the eBook available for download at Amazon, Apple's iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble and other outlets.

Download Alecea Standlee SOC 350 Digital Culture and Social Behavior Fall 2012 SyllabusSyllabus
SOC 350: Digital Culture Social Behavior

Download Alecea Standlee SOC 350 Weak Ties and Virtual Communities: From Granovetter to Zuckerburg PowerPoint LecturePowerPoint Lecture
Weak Ties and Virtual Communities

Download Alecea Standlee SOC 350 Plug-in and Live: Voices from the Digital Natives eBook ProjecteBook Project
Plug-in & Live: Voices from Digital Natives

Download Alecea Standlee SOC 350 Google Project ActivityResponse Paper
Google Project


SOC 350: Gender, Space and Place

This course explores the role of gender in relation to local and global social issues of power, status and lived experiences. Through readings, films, student led discussions and lectures, the course looks across time and location to see the various aspects of gender, power and status across an interconnected world.

Syllabus
SOC 350: Gender, Space and Place

Discussion Topics
Student Led Discussion Activity

Assignment
Final Project Assignment

Grading Rubric
Discussion Board Grading Rubric


SOC 398: Qualitative Research Methods

This course provides an introduction to qualitative research methods. Students select a community based research project from several options provided, and then present a proposal, obtain IRB approval, conduct a pilot study, and then present their findings. Course readings cover the basic procedures of participant observation and intensive interviewing, the concepts underlying qualitative analysis, and the theoretical, ethical, and practical issues that arise in the conduct of qualitative research.

Syllabus
SOC 398: Qualitative Research Methods

Small Group Discussion
What is the Ethical thing to do?

PowerPoint Lecture
Introduction to Qualitative Methods

Assignment
Research Findings Paper Instructions


SOC 406: Sociological Theory

The course introduces and examines the foundational ideas, perspectives and texts of sociological theory. I begin by examining the work of classical theorists Marx, Weber and Durkheim along with the work of DuBois and Perkins Gillman. Students are then introduced to mid-century thinkers such as Parsons, Mead and Mills. The second half of the course focuses on the work of contemporary theorist as the students explore post-modernism, feminist theory, critical race theory and queer theory.

Syllabus
SOC 406: Sociological Theory

PowerPoint Lecture
Queer Theory: Beyond the Binary

PowerPoint Lecture
Mills: The Sociological Imagination

Exam
Take Home Essay Exam


Syracuse University Courses


SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

SOC 102: Social Problems

SOC 281: Sociology of Family SOC 305: Sex and Gender

SOC 319: Qualitative Research Methods

 


SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

I enjoy teaching beginning students and I consider introducing them to sociology one of the most valuable and exciting parts of my job. This introductory survey course familiarizes students with sociology in general and touches on the major subfields within the discipline. We cover the history and the basic fundamentals of sociological research.

Download SOC 101 Intro to Sociology Spring 2011 Alecea Standlee SyllabusSyllabus
SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

Download Film Discussion Activity Killing Us Softly Alecea Standlee SOC 101 Course MaterialsFilm Discussion Activity
Killing Us Softly

Download Final Project: Visual Essay Representing Social Inequality Alecea Standlee SOC 101 AssessmentAssignment
Final Project: Inequality Visual Essay

Download Lecture Notes C. Wright Mills, The Promise Alecea Standlee SOC 101 Course MaterialsLecture Notes
C. Wright Mills, The Promise


SOC 102: Social Problems

My social problems course encourages students to think creatively about solutions to some of our more intractable social issues. This helps them to critically analyze both objective information and subjective interpretations by evaluating how different communities come to label a problem a “social” one. Teaching social problems allows me to focus on issues of inequality and social stratification, which are central to my sociological inquiry.

Download SOC 102 Social Problems Summer 2009 Alecea Standlee SyllabusSyllabus
SOC 102: Social Problems

Download Discussion Questions Social Problems and the Meaning of Social Values Alecea Standlee SOC 102 Course MaterialsDiscussion Questions
Social Problems and the
Meaning of Social Values

Download Final Exam: Multiple Choice & Short Answer Alecea Standlee SOC 102 AssessmentExam
Multiple Choice & Short Answer Exam

Download Lecture Notes Residential Segregation How Does Location Matter Alecea Standlee SOC 102 Course MaterialsLecture Notes
Residential Segregation:
How Does Location Matter?


SOC 281: Sociology of the Family

In this course we examine how the concept of family has varied and changed over time. During the semester, students explore questions of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality as they intersect with family life, identity, and public policy. Teaching this core course, gives me the opportunity to challenge and educate within the framework of a social institution that most students think they understand well.

Download SOC 281 Sociology of the Family Spring 2009 Alecea Standlee SyllabusSyllabus
SOC 281: Sociology of the Family

Download Exam 1: Short Answer & Essay Alecea Standlee SOC 281 AssessmentExam
Exam 1: Short Answer & Essay

Download Classroom Activity Living on Welfare Alecea Standlee SOC 281 Course MaterialsClassroom Activity
Living on Welfare

Download Classroom Materials Class Generated Reading/Study Guide Alecea Standlee SOC 281 Course MaterialsClassroom Materials
Class Generated Reading/
Study Guide


SOC 305: Sex and Gender

In this course, I focused on challenging students to rethink identity categories and their relationship to societal institutions, such as race and class. This course considers sex and gender while exploring the impacts of sexual behavior and identity. As an upper division seminar this course draws students with a real commitment to social thinking and allows for enjoyable in depth discussion of sociological theory and social inequalities.

Download SOC 305 Sex and Gender Fall 2009 Alecea Standlee SyllabusSyllabus
SOC 305: Sex and Gender

Download Discussion Questions The Social Construction of Gender By Judith Lorbe Alecea Standlee SOC 305 Course MaterialsDiscussion Questions
The Social Construction of
Gender by Judith Lorber

Download Mid-Term Exam: Take Home Essay Alecea Standlee SOC 305 AssessmentExam
Mid-Term Exam: Take Home Essay

Download Small Group Activity Work and Gender Discussion Guide Alecea Standlee SOC 305 Course MaterialsSmall Group Activity
Work and Gender Discussion Guide


SOC 319: Qualitative Research Methods

This course provides students with both practical experience and theoretical knowledge in qualitative research methods. The primary focus of this course is a team research project, which gives students the opportunity to experience hands on field research by gathering and analyzing their own data. I enjoy teaching methods a great deal, and am strongly committed to an approach that allows students to both collect real social science data and engage in community based learning.

Download SOC 319 Qualitative Methods Spring 2010 Alecea Standlee SyllabusSyllabus
SOC 319: Qualitative Methods

Download PowerPoint Lecture Social Research, Power and the Role of Action Research Alecea Standlee SOC 319 Course MaterialsPowerPoint Lecture
Social Research, Power and
the Role of Action Research

Download Classroom Activity What is the Ethical Thing to Do Alecea Standlee SOC 319 Course MaterialsClassroom Activity
What is the Ethical Thing to Do?

Download Final Project: Team Ethnography On and Around the Hill Alecea Standlee SOC 319 AssessmentAssignment
Final Project: Team Ethnography
On and Around the Hill


University of Cincinnati Courses


WMST 241: Introduction Women Studies

This survey course covers a broad range of Women’s Studies issues. It was created as a gateway course for the Women’s Studies major and minor, and it provides an overview of the topics examined within the degree. While teaching the course, I focused on issues of inequality and constructions of difference based on gender, race, class, sexuality and nationality.

Download WMST 241 Intro to Women's Studies Winter 2006 Alecea Standlee SyllabusSyllabus
WMST 241: Intro to Women's Studies

Download PowerPoint Lecture Cultural Images: Understanding Images of Womenhood in US Society Alecea Standlee WMST 241 Course MaterialsPowerPoint Lecture
Cultural Images: Understanding
Images of Women in US Society

Download Final Exam: Take Home Essay Alecea Standlee WMST 241 AssessmentExam
Final Exam: Take Home Essay

Download Lecture Notes Gender and the Family in a Cross-Cultural Context Alecea Standlee WMST 241 Course MaterialsLecture Notes
Gender and the Family in a
Cross-Cultural Context


Additional Teaching Experience


Online Instructor, Empire State College

  • HDV 283304: Family and Society, Spring 2010 - Fall 2013 (10 Sections).
  • SOC 282124: Exploring Society, Spring 2010 - Fall 2013 (10 Sections).

I designed the Exploring Society master course, the introductory Sociology course for Empire State College's Distance Learning Program. I selected textbooks, wrote all lectures and supplementary materials, and created assignments and assessment tools. Empire State College runs several sections of the course each term.

Teaching Assistant, Syracuse University

  • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology, Dr. Lorraine Herbst, Fall 2008.
  • SOC 281: Sociology of the Family, Dr. Margaret Usdansky, Spring 2007, Fall 2006.
  • SOC 319: Qualitative Research Methods, Dr. Marjorie DeVault, Fall 2007.

Teaching Assistant, University of Cincinnati

  • ENGL 262: American Childhoods in Literature, Dr. Michelle Gibson, Spring 2006.
  • WMST 241: Introduction to Women’s Studies, Dr. Anne Sisson Runyan, Fall 2004.

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