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College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
The Sociological Imagination Since first becoming interested in sociology as a field of study, I have been drawn to the work of C. Wright Mills and the “sociological imagination." Here, I have four essays dedicated to the sociological imagination and a critical examination of the field of sociology.

1. The Sociological Imagination

The first is the application of the sociological imagination to contemporary issues, specifically the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The relevance of the sociological imagination to racial inequality and violence continues given the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, among others.

2. Types of Sociology

The second essay is a critical discussion of the different types of sociology. We may assume that sociology is a unified discipline, but the origins of much of sociology in political economy and historical analysis have been eclipsed by more psychological approaches and organizational analysis. C. Wright Mills criticism of the field of sociology highlights the different types of sociology and their varying adherence to the sociological imagination.

3. Sociological Imagination and Graduate School

The third essay I wrote as the acknowledgement section of my dissertation. The last few years of graduate school were rather contentious because I was an officer of our graduate employee union. In addition to difficult negotiations, the Graduate School changed the rules regarding the timeline to completion of the degree. A friend of mine was terminated from graduate school as a result, and I unsuccessfully fought to get her reinstated. Between the negotiations and the challenge of the changing rules, I was exhausted. The acknowledgements section reflected the struggle to finish under the new deadlines imposed by the graduate school, as well as my disillusionment with academia in general.

4. Critical Sociology and Course Evaluations

The fourth essay is an article that discusses the role of “critical sociology” in the classroom. The article examines the difference between critical sociology and critical thinking. It also discusses the effects of adopting a critical sociological approach on course evaluations.