SOC 102 Discussion Question 1 Topic 1
In Our social world: An introduction to sociology, look up the definition of Sociology. Write at least four keywords that correspond best to the definition of Sociology. Explain the goal of Sociology. Share with the class why you want to study Sociology?
SOC 102 Discussion Question 2 Topic 1: Define the concept of Sociological Imagination. Provide an example of how you would apply the Sociological Imagination to a current social issue within society such as racial conflict and law enforcement, or education funding. What is your perspective on the issue if you use the Sociological Imagination?
SOC 102 Discussion Question 1 Topic 2
Compare and contrast material and nonmaterial culture. Provide examples of both from your life.
SOC 102 Discussion Question 2 Topic 2: Are we prisoners of socialization – yes or no? If you answer yes, how do you explain the fact that we think of ourselves as having choices and free will? If you say no, how do you explain the fact that in almost every way, we conform to what society expects of us? (We wear clothes, we drive on the right-hand side of the road, we go to college, we don’t – usually – go around stealing things, killing people, or breaking most of the laws of society.) Discuss this question with a friend, then post your response as well as how your friend’s opinion was similar or different than your own.
SOC 102 Discussion Question 1 Topic 3
Using the three major sociological theories, explain each theoretical perspective on deviance. Then compare and contrast the role deviance plays in society according to the theories. Use Figure 5.1 in Our social world: An introduction to sociology as an aid to answer this DQ.
SOC 102 Discussion Question 2 Topic 3: Merton believed that deviance was the result of tension between the cultural goals or aspirations held out to the larger society. And the approved means of attaining those goals. Do you agree or disagree with this theoretical perspective? Providing examples to back up your statement.
SOC 102 Topic 4 Discussion Question 1
Provide two examples of statuses and roles you inhabit. Explain what statuses and roles produce for the social person, and thus, for you.
SOC 102 Topic 4 Discussion Question 2: Select three societal tasks from Chart 6-1 in Our Social World. An Introduction to Sociology – chapter 6, and explain how the related social institution performs the societal task. Can an argument be made as to the most important task? Share your thoughts with the class.
SOC 102 Topic 5 Discussion Question 1
Compare and contrast Davis and Moore’s functionalist perspective of social stratification with Mosca’s conflict perspective of social stratification. After your comparison, indicate which theory you agree with and why?
SOC 102 Topic 5 Discussion Question 2: Through research, find an example of issues related to two of the three organizing principles of stratification in the United States (class, race, and gender). How are individuals stratified based on each of the two principles you chose? Provide citations for the sources you use. An example of an issue related to gender is the pay gap between men and women.
SOC 102 Topic 6 Discussion Question 1
Name four social negatives and four social positives concerning gentrification. If you or someone you know have experienced gentrification, share their experience and what was the effect of gentrification.
SOC 102 Topic 6 Discussion Question 2: Explain the difference between Modernization Theory, Dependency Theory, and World Systems Theory. Then select the theory that best explains social change and why.
SOC 102 Topic 7 Discussion Question 1
How do structural-functionalist, feminists, and symbolic interactionists differ in their analysis of the family? Provide your conclusion as to the perspective that provides the fullest understanding of the family.
SOC 102 Topic 7 Discussion Question 2: Go to YouTube.com and find the video on the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth. What type of authority is demonstrated by the video? What type of authority does our President have? Which authority would you rather live under, traditional or rational-legal, and why?