Before I sneak off to SHOT Show next week, I will be starting the spring semester at Wake Forest University. As I have for the past four academic years, I will be teaching my Sociology of Guns seminar. A copy of this year’s syllabus is available HERE.
One modification I made in Version 5.0 was to add more guest speakers. The line-up this year includes John Johnston of Citizens Defense Research and Ballistic Radio on gun training, Craig Douglas of Shivworks on self-defense, Rob Pincus of Second Amendment Organization on suicide, Randy Miyan of Liberal Gun Owners on gun politics, and a representative to be named later from one of North Carolina’s gun control organizations.
Although I always modify the syllabus to some extent (more sometimes, less others), one constant has been the class field trip to the range. The trip has two components: a safety and information talk by someone from the range, and giving the students the opportunity (but not requiring them) to shoot.
When possible, I do this on the first day of class to create a foundation of knowledge, experience, and camaraderie that carries through the class.
When I teach this course in the spring, we visit our local indoor range, Proshots Range, which is a great, Gun Culture 2.0 and new shooter friendly place. I am looking forward to having manager Richard Talbert and his staff host us there again this year.