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Societies 2017, 7(4), 30; doi:10.3390/soc7040030

Challenges in the Teaching of Sociology in Higher Education. Contributions to a Discussion

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Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences—CICS.NOVA, Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco, Estoril Higher Institute for Tourism and Hotel Studies, 1069-061 Lisbon, Portugal
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Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of the Azores, Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences—CICS.UAc/CICS.NOVA.UAc, and Interdisciplinary Centre for Childhood and Adolescence—NICA—UAc, 9501-801 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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Received: 29 July 2017 / Revised: 22 September 2017 / Accepted: 21 October 2017 / Published: 31 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Training Models and Practices in Sociology)
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Abstract

At a time when Sociology (either in its introductory or general dimension or in the form of specialised Sociologies) is acknowledged as a scientific discipline with important contributions in training at the higher education level, and not only for the future sociologist, there is a need to (re)think the problem of teaching Sociology in this context. This article seeks to contribute to this discussion on the teaching of Sociology in higher education, being a grounded reflection that is based on the authors’ teaching experience in the Portuguese context. Sociology has specificities, which we put forward through four framing principles, namely the need to permanently mobilise sociological imagination, be multi-paradigmatic, the need to be receptive to a heuristic interdisciplinarity, and, finally, foster reflexivity at several levels. These principles should, from our standpoint, shape the teaching of Sociology, both delimiting what should be taught and fostering the way to teach while abiding by these principles. As a conclusion, this problem of teaching Sociology needs an in-depth investigation, in the search for a growing pedagogical quality in a context of increasing opportunities to reform the type of teaching provided in higher education, which is a permanent challenge. View Full-Text
Keywords: teaching Sociology; training in Sociology; sociologist; higher education; framing sociology principles teaching Sociology; training in Sociology; sociologist; higher education; framing sociology principles
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Ferreira, C.M.; Serpa, S. Challenges in the Teaching of Sociology in Higher Education. Contributions to a Discussion. Societies 2017, 7, 30.

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