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Teaching Sociology


TASA has a Teaching Sociology Thematic Group. 

Sage has a Teaching Sociology journal. 

TASA member Evan Willis taught on a number of La Trobe University campuses including the metropolitan Bundoora campus in Melbourne as well as the Bendigo, Mildura and Wodonga campuses. Below you will find a reference to one of Evan’s publications on Teaching and a link to an interview with Evan put together by Roger Wilkinson.

E. Willis and E. Burns 2011 ‘The empty shops project: Developing rural students’ sociological insightTeaching sociology 39(1): 27-41.

The Empty Shops Project. To view the interview you will need Apple QuickTime which is a free download from

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority information on VCE and Sociology can be viewed here.

During 2008-09 the Teaching Sociology Thematic Group (TG) acted as a reference group for the TASA project, Sociology in Australia: A Scoping Study, funded by the Carrick Institute for Teaching and Learning and led by Helen Marshall. The resulting report, Teaching Sociology in Australia: A Report to the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (2009), by Helen Marshall, Peter Robinson, John Germov and Eileen Clark, was launched at the TASA conference in 2009. The report provides the first systematic overview of teaching sociology in Australia and includes recommendations for the discipline.

During 2011-2012, co-conveners of the Teaching Sociology TG, Kristin Natalier and Kirsten Harley and past convenor Helen Marshall were members of the Discipline Reference Group, chaired by TG member Karen Farquharson, which developed and facilitated consultation on the Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOS). The TLOs were launched at the TASA AGM at UQ in November 2012.

American Sociological Association (ASA) Teaching Resources Library
TRAILS, the ASA Teaching Resources and Innovation Library for Sociology, offers thousands of pedagogical gifts (Good Ideas For Teaching Sociology). You can access TRAILS here.

Please note: If you are a TASA member but a non-ASA member, contact ASA as you may receive a discount on a TRAILS subscription. 

Kirsten Harley
Kirsten Harley. You can read about Kirsten on her blog here. 

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