Starting to Teach the Sociology of Guns This Semester

For the past year, in conjunction with my research on gun culture, I have been developing a seminar on “The Sociology of Guns.” The syllabus for the course can be found here: SOC384 Sociology of Guns Syllabus Fa 15 Final.

Guns Syllabus

When I first began studying and blogging about guns in 2012, I wrote: “Jumping into the gun culture as a complete novice is like jumping into the deep end of the pool without knowing how to swim.”

Putting this syllabus together made me realize that I am still wading around in the shallow end of the pool. There is far more that could be covered, from far more angles, than can be covered in 150 minutes a week for 15 weeks. So, some hard choices had to be made.

As this is a course I am hoping to teach regularly in the future, I welcome feedback and suggestions. I will also be posting regular updates from the class.



  1. Enjoyed reading these! Most of these students seem to have their heads on straight, probably due in large part to your course.

    Keep up the good work!


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