The entire course Reinventing Boston: The Changing American City is an active learning experience. Framed as a study of how American cities have changed, the class involves three neighborhood visits. Read more about Boston Neighborhood Visits
The purpose of this activity is for students learn more about "Problem Oriented Policing" (P.O.P.) methods, in contrast with traditional and community approaches to policing, and it was meant to especially drive home the challenges and complexities of the Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment (SARA) model of police work. Read more about Problem Oriented Policing Assessment
For Rachel Meyer's junior tutorial on Social Class, students read each other's research proposals before class and then participated in an in-class workshop to discuss each proposal. Read more about Junior Tutorial Workshopping
In Sociology 157, Dan O'Brien's students choose a topic of their choice relating to the Greater Boston Area. All assignments center around this topic, culminating in a final paper that resembles an actual science paper. Read more about Topic-Centered Assignments
In this activity, Nicole Deterding used a case study in her Sociology of Education section to integrate and apply theories of different types of capital (human, social, and cultural) and to clarify student understanding. Read more about Capital Case Study
In Soc 43: Social Interaction, students design and act out interactional scenes to help them understand the concepts learned that week. Generally the students are divided into pairs or groups of three for these acting "games," which vary from week to week. Read more about Interactional Scene Acting
This activity is an online simulation designed to help police officers learn about the “Problem Oriented Policing” approach. Students complete this simulation activity on their own time, outside of class, and they write a short analysis of their performance.