Social Inequality Sociology Psychology Unit/Lessons

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This unit comes complete with lessons, links, and powerpoints. I teach Sociology at the High School level and this lesson worked really well to teach Social Inequality.

I teach using Essential Questions. I start my telling students the three main concepts/questions we will address.

I dont like to lecture on prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination. Students have done that---I feel they need to "experience" it in order to learn it. The cupcake experiment is great because I trick them into thinking something simple like a cake is not as a good as a cupcake. Although they are basically the same, I begin by telling students how much "better" cupcakes are. I even provide reasons on the powerpoint as well as pictures.

The directions are provided on a word document for you to use. The cupcakes were baked by my high school kids (they jumped at the chance and I had 3 students in each class volunteer to bake)

Students brought in frosting, decorations, etc. This was once homework assignment that they didnt forget.

I provide the directions, judging sheets, powerpoint examples, quotes, assignments using "The Blind Side" film as a follow up, a Social Inequality concept opener, and an assignment using Snoop Dogg and Martha Stuart. This is also a great activity because it asks students to select which person has "done prison time." While the answer is both of them, students are often inclined to think Snoop Dogg and not someone like Marta Stuart who stood for etiquette and "proper" manners. We all know the reason why they went to prison, but students like to see how presumptions could be false.

I also supply a link to SNL that uses Tina Fey as Sara Palin for a sexism example.

This unit fully addresses and analyzes social inequalities. Students love being creative, and enjoy getting their hands dirty. The assignments are on powerpoint/word documents and can be adjusted to suit your needs.

Although I used this in a sociology class to look at large groups of people, a psych class could adopt and modify this as well.
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Social Inequality Sociology Psychology Unit/Lessons
Social Inequality Sociology Psychology Unit/Lessons
Social Inequality Sociology Psychology Unit/Lessons