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About Case Study Learning 101

The case study learning approach to teaching has been instrumental in fostering students abilities to complicate their own social locations and beliefs and to identify multiple perspectives on varied social issues.  Professor John Foran from the Sociology Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara has demonstrated through his efforts to build the “Santa Barbara School” of sociological case method writing and teaching, that using the case method creates an interactive classroom that requires students to build their own analyses, comprehend sociological complexities, and strategize around solutions to social problems.

On this website, you will find applied exercises promoting engaged and participatory learning among students in both lower and upper division courses. Case study exercises involve assigning specified roles for students to perform in factual scenarios based on timely debates or social issues.  These case studies can be used in a wide range of courses in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields including:  Sociology, Political Science, Women’s and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Latin American StudiesYou should feel free to modify these cases as appropriate for your needs as long as you properly cite the author and our project.


Case Study Learning 101 is the outcome of our project titled "Using the Case Method of Teaching to Promote Active Student Learning," which received funding from the American Sociological Association's Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Grant.  See attachment below to view case study poster displayed at the American Sociological Association's annual meeting in 2013.


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Sylvanna Falcon,
Apr 1, 2014, 8:17 PM