A Drinking Game for Sociology T.A.’s

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Disclaimer: Don’t get us wrong, we love our undergraduates! We all started out as undergraduates trying to wrap our brains around the sociological imagination, from graduate teaching assistants to the most successful faculty. We’ve all been there. But sometimes as teaching assistants, the luxurious stipends and undergraduates’ esteem are not quite enough to get us through the week. Here is a liquid coping mechanism when we’re grading test or paper number 21 out of 100.

Sociology TA Drinking Game

  1. One sip for each time a student confuses “sex” and “gender.”
  2. One shot for each time a student starts a paper with some variant of, “Since the dawn of time.”
  3. Two sips for each time a student presents a personal experience as argument against some social phenomenon.
  4.  Shotgun a beer for assuming biological determinism.
  5.  One sip for each time a student quotes the assignment description.
  6.  Two sips for each implication that sociology is not a real discipline.
  7.  One shot when a student inadvertently says something racist/sexist when writing a paper on racism/sexism.
  8.  One sip for each time a single sentence spans a whole paragraph.
  9.  Two sips for a sentence teeming with privilege in a paper on stratification. Double the sips if teeming with White Male Privilege.
  10. Kill your drink for instances of conflating correlation with causation.
  11. Find your fellow TA and do a keg stand whenever a paper descends into total bullshit.


Comments 16


March 25, 2015

This is awesome!

Anonymous Reader

March 25, 2015

This is embarrassing and I am sad to see it posted in association with a journal that prides itself in making sociological ideas accessible to a larger audience (especially undergraduates). If I were an undergraduate student reading this, I would find it alienating at best.


March 25, 2015

apostrophe "s" ???


March 26, 2015

Ok. I love our undergraduates too, but in all honesty I would have been drunk and passed out on tequila before I could finish grading. Lose lose situation even in my recent advanced writing ta-ship

anonymous reader

March 26, 2015

Its a joke... Undergrads who DON'T do these things would know who they are, and likely laugh at this, relating it to the students in their class who "just don't get it" anyway. I don't think any undergrad who would actually be interested enough in sociology to seek out websites relating to the topic would be offended. I remember as an undergrad acknowledging some veryyy problematic peers. This would have made me laugh pretty hard as an undergrad as well.

Philip Cohen

March 26, 2015

The apostrophe is necessary because "t.a." is a term with multiple internal periods. We checked the Chicago Manual of Style! (Thanks.)


March 27, 2015

Undergrad here. I find this hilarious. Not only is this funny, but it can serve as a what not to do guide for those who just don't seem to get it.


April 27, 2015

As one of my TAs put it, we should add "two shots of tequila every time 'MarX Weber' is mentioned in a paper."


May 6, 2015

I can understand the comment about this being embarrasing. As an undergrad who sought out a website on the subject as mentioned in another comment, I find it hilarious. I am lucky enough to say that it doesn't make me immediately think of any of my classroom peers, but I can think of a number of people who would make these errors, if they bothered to take a sociology class. Back to the embarrasment comment, as I have realized recently there is a definite danger in taking ourselves to seriously, society is organic (as I laugh out loud at how obserdly obvious that statement is) and humor is neccesary to make sense of it sometimes...IMHO. Good work.

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