What was I thinking?

I am prepping for my second class and must conclude that I was completely insane to agree to teach a graduate seminar in Cultural Sociology.

How do you teach a seminar when you can only assign very limited reading (about 5 pages – 15 pages) per weekly 2.5 hour meeting, when the highly theoretical subject of the course is difficult even for native speakers, and when you are teaching the “fuzziest” branch of the discipline to sociology graduate students who are “coming up” in Chinese Sociology, a field that is characterized by highly quantitative, policy- and practice-oriented domestic research?

I am doing one more week in the classroom, and then I am probably going to move to a smaller room, maybe doing more of a salon-style format, and possibly moving discussion for epistemology to applied analysis of current events and the student’s research with their major professors.

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