Many people tell us that they want to teach more about class but say that they're not sure how to approach the subject.  Class is a complex concept, involving economic and social structures, conflictual relationships, aspects of identity, and cultural patterns.   Different scholars use different definitions of class, and they use different kinds of resources and methods to study how class works.  A good starting place for both faculty and students are some accessible readings and an overview chart, both created for YSU's graduate course in Class and Culture.

Readings about Class

Class Theory Table


Class in the Classroom: Strategies and Resources  

The following ideas were developed by participants in the 2006 "Class in the Classroom" Summer Institute, sponsored by the Center for Working-Class Studies with support from the Ford Foundation. 

1)     Read and discuss "The Golf Links," poem by Sarah Cleghorne

2)     Discuss bell hooks's book, Where We Stand: Class Matters

3)     Analyze Visual and Oral Histories of Southerners

4)     Class Quiz

5)     Exploring how marketers view class in specific locations

6)     AFL-CIO Website

7)     Using newspaper articles and photographs to explore class and language

8)     Using poetry to initiate conversations about class

9)     Discuss class issues in the UN Declaration on Human Rights

10)  Analyzing class in specific situations using a social systems map

11)  Borrow lesson plans from the New York Times "Class Matters" site

12)  Films for classroom use

13)  Websites for and about teaching about class