Appreciating Our Social World, Culture, & Diversity: Sociology for Teens

Dr. Kai Kafferly, PhD
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(491)
This semester & full curriculum homeschool or after school high school class is very diverse in studying crime, religion, family, inequalities of gender, race, age, ethnicity, cultures, social awareness, shared beliefs of a common culture, & diversity. Worth a full year credit.

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Beginner - Advanced Level
This class is taught in English.
​​1. Students will identify and apply the main sociological theoretical frameworks to analyze social stratification based on race, ethnicity, gender, social class, sexuality or other social groups.​

​2. Students will apply sociological research to distinguish the interrelatedness of various social intuitions.

​3. Students will identify the role of culture and socialization in the development of one’s beliefs, opinions, and values.

​4. Students will be able to identify and analyze how sociological principles and concepts are applied in the understanding of social problems.​

​5. Students will be able to understand and demonstrate the analysis of how controversial public issues arise in contemporary American society and the interplay between race, class, gender, sexuality, and other social groups.

​6. Students will be able to use criminological theories and research to analyze of the nature, extent, and causes of crime and delinquency.​

​7. Students will be able to apply a sociological understanding to assess how race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and age affect victimization patterns, arrest rates, charges, sentencing, and treatment of criminals.

​8. Students will be able to apply a sociological understanding of physical growth and social, emotional, and cognitive development from conception to adolescence across all major concepts of child development.

​9. Students will be able to apply a sociological understanding of the various social and environmental forces that shape child development.​
Teacher Expertise:

Sociology is a field within the discipline of Social Sciences. I have been instructing this course in both high school and university settings for an extended period. My educational background lies in Social Sciences, wherein I demonstrated proficiency in three distinct sociology courses and developed a keen interest in its significance. Within this class, I provide students with an overview of how societies operate, with a specific focus on the context of the United States.

My Teaching Approach:

My journey in education has been enriched by a pursuit of knowledge, including several EDU college credits alongside my undergraduate degrees and a graduate degree in education. Informed by educational theories like constructivism, humanism, realism, idealism, and brain-based learning, I've honed my craft as a high school teacher, embracing the roles of guide, coach, and mentor.

I have adopted a contemporary teaching approach, one thoroughly examined by scholars and supported by compelling statistics. This approach has proven successful in traditional brick-and-mortar schools as well as in virtual educational settings. In my master's and doctoral programs in higher education, it is the cornerstone of our pedagogical philosophy.

In my virtual classroom, I employ a "flipped classroom" model. Here, students engage with assignments prior to our live meetings, where they become the "teachers," sharing their newfound knowledge, interests, and essential insights during the live meetings making it an "open classroom" model too. Students are encouraged to ask questions and make comments, fostering a dynamic and collaborative environment. I actively participate by offering additional information to each student's answers in their assignments along with context. I also participate in the live meetings doing the same thing and creating a shared learning experience.

This method aligns with the "open classroom" philosophy, emphasizing a collective journey toward a common goal: learning while having fun. We collectively dissect the assignments, analyze, and arrive at conclusions during our live meetings. Each session concludes with an introduction and guidance for the upcoming week.

As professional educators, we recognize the shift away from lengthy lectures in live meetings, recognizing that students benefit from interaction. We aim to be coaches, guides, and mentors, both individually and for the entire class. Strategic questioning during discussions facilitates meaningful conversations, creating valuable teaching moments.

The courses I offer are academically advanced and accelerated. To succeed, students must cultivate strong time management skills and maintain a high level of motivation. I don't just teach the material through traditional homework, projects, and review quizzes. I also employ videos, instructional materials, and lively discussions during our live meetings. Moreover, I emphasize teaching students how to learn, encouraging independent research and resourcefulness.

When students present questions, I often guide them to explore answers through internet research, promoting critical thinking and resource evaluation. The same approach is applied when reviewing homework, as I ask supplementary questions that go beyond the textbook, encouraging further exploration.

Through these methods, I empower students not only to learn but to understand how to learn as responsible adults. They gain control over their education, a valuable skill if harnessed effectively.
Homework Offered
The homework tasks outlined below may initially appear demanding, but I assure you, it is designed to be manageable and engaging. Please take a moment to read this section carefully, and if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to me through private messaging here on Outschool. I am more than willing to accommodate individual teens' needs and abilities. My approach to due dates is flexible, and tailored to each student. Every week, I encourage students to complete as much as they comfortably can, without feeling overwhelmed. I understand that each student has unique needs and abilities. Furthermore, there is no expectation for students to fully read the chapter(s) assigned each week. Instead, students can skim and scan through the textbook to answer assignment questions and work on project tasks also while jotting down some notes of interest for them to share verbally in our next live meeting. During our weekly live meetings, we will discuss each student's new knowledge, their areas of interest, and any important topics they wish to explore further. I'll supplement their insights with additional points. Some weeks we will have one chapter to review and other weeks will have two chapters to review. Each week, students will have an exciting array of homework assignments to dive into: ■ Weekly Chapter Introduction Videos: Submitted Privately to the Educator Get your teen ready for an exciting journey every week with our engaging chapter introduction videos! These videos are designed to spark their curiosity and set the stage for the thrilling chapters ahead. Dive into the content and get ready to explore! But wait, there's more! After watching the videos, they'll tackle thought-provoking questions. They will share their insights that deepen their understanding of the material. The deadline to submit their video answers is by the 5th day after our live meeting ■ Weekly Assignment Homework: Submitted Privately to the Educator It's time for them to dive into their weekly assignments and unleash their learning & creativity! Each week, they'll dive into the assigned chapter(s), not just reading them, but actively engaging with the content. I'll post two thought-provoking assignments based on the chapter(s), encouraging them to delve deep into the material. Due by the 6th day after our live meeting. 🤔 But here's the twist – their responses can go beyond traditional written answers. They should get ready to flex their creative muscles by creating charts, graphs, or even short essays to showcase their understanding. Sometimes they'll be asked to unleash their imagination and let it soar by crafting a slideshow video or a virtual poster using their free Canva account. I want to give my students the opportunity to let their creativity shine as they express themselves in unique ways! ■ Note Taking: Students will harness the power of various sources, including chapter introduction videos, our textbook, personalized feedback from me on assignments, and their own research. Students will take some thorough notes to capture their new learnings, important topics they want to discuss, fascinating facts they find, and more. These notes will serve as valuable resources for their verbal presentations in our upcoming live meetings. The notes are only to help students remember what they would like to discuss in the live meeting when it is their time to use their voice, share, and teach us all. ■ Weekly Current Event: Shared in our Next Live Meeting Students need to stay informed and engaged with the world around them by sharing a current event from an unbiased source. They will choose a news story that's relevant to our weekly topic and present the "who, what, when, where, why, and how" from their unbiased news source to the class in our next live meeting, enriching our understanding of real-world applications. Students will also screen-share a short slideshow with images that are relevant to their current event while they verbally tell us about their current event. This is due the day of our next live meeting (day 8) since it will be presented live. ✨ Get ready to embark on a dynamic learning journey where your creativity, critical thinking, and communication skills will shine bright! To ensure a stress-free experience, assignments have staggered due dates. Chapter Introduction Videos are due on the 5th day of the week after our live meeting, both assignments are due on the 6th day of the week after our live meeting, and the current event is due at the time of our next live meeting for students to share during the live meeting. This flexibility allows students to manage their workload at their own pace. Should a student ever feel overwhelmed or unable to complete all the tasks, please know that I am here to accommodate your needs. A private message is all it takes to make necessary adjustments. Students will also learn valuable self-motivation and time management skills through this process. During our live meetings, I'll guide them through the assignments, lead enriching discussions, and address any questions they may have. Remember, completing these assignments is crucial for their learning journey, but I understand that each student is unique. I'm here to support them every step of the way, offering personalized guidance and feedback tailored to their needs. 👉 And that's not all – I'll be actively teaching and engaging with them by providing additional insights, and context, and even posing more questions based on their assignment answers. They will need to make sure to revisit their completed assignments to soak in the feedback and further enhance their understanding. Get ready to embark on an exciting learning adventure where their creativity, curiosity, and collaboration will thrive! In nearly every live meeting, we also engage in a fun Kahoot game just for review. I am always available and eager to assist every student during live meetings and throughout the week via private messaging. The extent of effort a student puts into the class directly impacts their learning experience. This class follows a condensed and accelerated schedule, with due dates designed to help students stay on track. Nevertheless, I am open to adjusting due dates and workloads to accommodate each student's unique abilities and needs. This approach is known as differentiated instruction and assessment. If this applies to your student, please contact me via private direct message after the first week of the schedule. We can then have a productive conversation about what will work best for your student, ensuring maximum retention of the material and an enjoyable learning experience without stress or overload. I do not expect all students to complete every weekly assignment. The variety and choices are there to cater to individual preferences. To succeed in this class, students will need effective time management skills and a strong self-motivation to learn the material independently. Although I am always available for questions, guidance, and additional help through private messaging and one-on-one live video meetings, most of the class requires independent self-study. Learning to create a schedule and manage time effectively will be vital.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Even though I don't rely on standard assessments, tests, or quizzes, my approach is more akin to a "portfolio" system. I assess students on a weekly basis, taking into consideration the following criteria: 1. Amount of participation and thoroughness of shsring their notes in our live video meetings, held once a week. 2. Active engagement with the weekly assignments, along with their responsiveness to my feedback on their answers. 3. Thoroughness and dedication demonstrated in their work and research in the weekly chapter introduction videos and responses to their classmates plus their final project in the final week. 4. Overall engagement in the class as a whole. It's important to note that these assessments are tailored to each student's unique needs, abilities, challenges, and issues. Just as instruction is personalized, assessments are also individualized and crucial for the progress of each student. Let's collaborate to foster a positive and enriching learning experience for your teen. If you have any concerns or suggestions, feel free to share them with me via a private message through your Outschool Parent Account at any time throughout the course! Together, we can ensure a supportive and conducive environment for your teen's education.
Grades Offered
We don't necessarily need to view high school in terms of a full year, long semesters, or any specific timeframe. This rigid approach often results in a lot of time being wasted. Instead, let's consider it in terms of grade levels and credits. Keep in mind that high school credit is earned based on the amount of work and knowledge gained, not on weeks, or months. By adopting this perspective, we can help our teenage learners progress more efficiently. It's essential to remember that while you have the freedom and flexibility to structure your homeschooling, you still need to adhere to your state's home education laws. Legally, parents are recognized as teachers by the Department of Education. However, within these guidelines, you have room for customization. I can issue a certificate of completion for this class along with a letter grade and one credit. You can easily copy, paste, and print the weekly schedule from the Class Description or Learning Outcomes sections to showcase your teenager's progress. As the class nears its end, simply send me a private message through your Outschool Parent Account to request the certificate of completion by the third day after our final meeting if you wish to have one. I refrain from providing grades during the class, but I encourage you to reach out privately for updates on your teen's progress as frequently as you'd like. I value and welcome ongoing parent engagement throughout the entire course. The cumulative grade at the conclusion of the class is determined by considering the following factors: 1. Amount of participation and thoroughness of shsring their notes in our live video meetings, held once a week. 2. Active engagement with the weekly assignments, along with their responsiveness to my feedback on their answers. 3. Thoroughness and dedication demonstrated in their work and research in the weekly chapter introduction videos and responses to their classmates plus their final project in the final week. 4. Overall engagement in the class as a whole. Feel free to connect with me at any time if you have questions or if you would like an update on your teen's academic journey. I believe that open communication is key to fostering a supportive and collaborative learning environment. The certificate of completion will include the student's first name, "Outschool," the course name, the course's end date, my full name and title as the Outschool teacher, one credit (per certificate), and a final letter grade ranging from A to D-. It's worth noting that I don't fail any students, as I believe that everyone, regardless of their level of involvement, gains valuable knowledge from the class. It's important to note that these assessments are tailored to each student's unique needs, abilities, challenges, and issues. Just as instruction is personalized, assessments are also individualized and crucial for the progress of each student. A = Excellent B = Great C = Satisfactory D = Needs Improvement Let's work together to create a positive and enriching learning experience for your teen.
I support unique learning needs by incorporating various teaching methods, offer flexible assignments, flexible due dates, additional resources, & fostering an inclusive environment. I also communicate regularly with students & parents.
This class requires very good time management skills and self-motivation to complete most of the coursework independently. While students work flexibly on their assignments, I'm always available through private messages.
Students should prepare the following items before the start of class:

1. Textbook: A free PDF of the textbook will be available to all students in the Outschool classroom. It will be posted, along with important announcements and further information, one day before the first live meeting. If you prefer a hard copy of the textbook, you can order "Sociology and You" by Jon Shepard ISBN: 978-0-07-663193-3 by McGraw-Hill. 

2. Canva Accounts: Teens are required to create free Canva accounts to design virtual posters (.jpg) and online slideshows (.mp4), download them to their computers, and then upload them to the classroom as attachments. Parents may need to help their students in setting up Canva accounts and guide them on different ways to create slideshows, presentations, and photo collages. Creating a Canva account is easy using this link: Parents may also need to assist their learners in creating their Canvas Classroom account.

3. Kahoot Game: In almost every live meeting, we play a Kahoot game for a fun review. Students should open a separate web browser on their laptop, iPad, or mobile phone, navigate to "," and participate in the quiz together during the live meeting. An account is not needed for Kahoot.

4. Canvas Account: Parents may need to help their teens create a free Canvas account. Information and access codes for my Canvas classroom, where all assignments and work are managed, will be posted in the Outschool classroom the day before the first live meeting. Please refer to the "Parental Guidance" section of this class listing for more details about Canvas.

It is crucial that students familiarize themselves with these materials before the class begins.

**Note**: A very important announcement, including information that your teen will need, will be posted the day before our first live meeting in our Outschool classroom. Your teen must read this and complete the items listed in the post to prepare for the first live meeting. This includes downloading the PDF of the textbook, creating their Canvas account, understanding the class rules, and getting information about Adobe Express, Adobe Creative Cloud, Canva, and more. Parents will also receive a letter from me on the same day via private message.
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Regarding Tuition:

I understand that the tuition structure can sometimes be a bit confusing. Your tuition covers not only the weekly live video meetings but also includes the weekly assignments, projects, and quizzes conducted in our virtual classroom by your student. Additionally, it covers my weekly lesson planning, homework grading, research, active participation in assignments, projects, and quizzes, along with providing valuable feedback, additional content, guidance, and thought-provoking questions for your student's submitted work. I'm also committed to responding to both student and parent private messages within 36 hours, offering private guidance and assistance to students, and facilitating private, one-on-one live video meetings if requested by either students or parents. Rest assured that I'm personally engaged in the classroom, working tirelessly to support your child's educational journey seven days a week throughout the entire course. In essence, the weekly "$18 per Class" displayed next to the total tuition on the class listing truly translates to "$18 per Week" in my class. It's important to note that Outschool retains 30% of the total tuition to cover their operational costs. I'm sorry, but I do not permit requests for a transfer to another date and time for this class. The only circumstance under which I could consider an exception would be if there were a tragic event affecting your learner or your family and not after the first week.

A Special Note about Outschool and Canvas Classrooms:

The live video meetings and private messaging, both between your student and me and between you and me, are all conducted on the Outschool platform. I also use the Outschool platform to post weekly announcements. However, when it comes to assignments, projects, and reviews, we utilize my Canvas Classroom platform. This platform is designed to be more user-friendly and less confusing than the Outschool classroom for my particular courses. In the Canvas Classroom, students have the flexibility to create their own discussion threads, avoiding the lengthy threads typically found in the Outschool classroom. Moreover, the Canvas Classroom offers a range of features and options that Outschool does not currently provide. I've taken special care to secure the Canvas Classroom for your child's privacy, trust, and safety, protecting against any unwanted online interactions.

Your student will be required to create a simple and secure Canvas Classroom account, using a secret passcode that will be provided two days before the first live meeting in the Outschool classroom. They'll then establish a straightforward Canvas Classroom student account and send a request to join this specific class using the passcode and their exact name as listed on their Outschool account. I personally verify that their request to join the Canvas Classroom matches their Outschool information and manually approve their request.

Once your student is enrolled in the Canvas Classroom, you have the option to request the parent access code for Canvas, if you wish. Simply go into your student's Canvas account to create a simple parent account and list yourself as an "observer". Please be aware that Outschool Support and Outschool's Trust & Safety departments have full access to my entire Canvas Classroom platform in "teacher mode." This ensures they can monitor and address any issues, concerns, or problems that may arise, providing an additional layer of security and oversight.

If you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of our learning environment, please don't hesitate to reach out. Your child's education and safety are of the utmost importance to me.


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for 13 classes
1x per week, 13 weeks
45 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(16)
Completed by 39 learners
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Ages 14-18
2-8 learners per class

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