SOCS 185 Final Exam 1 – Question and Answers

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SOCS 185 Final Exam – Question and Answers

  1. (TCO 8) Why is the term called the crude birth rate?
  2. (TCO 8) The basic idea behind demographic transition theory is
  3. (TCO 3) The concept of modernity refers to changes in social patterns brought on by which of the following?
  4. (TCO 3) What must be limited according to Limits of Growth critics?
  5. (TCO 8) The environmental racism thesis falls within which theoretical approach?
  6. (TCO 3) David Riesman believes that pre-industrial societies promote _____, while modern societies promote _____.
  7. (TCO 3) Which term is used to refer to the ways in which a social movement utilizes such resources as money, political influence, access to the media, and personnel?
  8. (TCO 8) Which sociologist pointed out that material culture changes faster than nonmaterial culture?
  9. (TCO 3) David Riesman described other-directed social character as which of the following?
  10. (TCO 8) Scholars who take a postmodernist approach claim that
  11. (TCOs 1, 2, 3, and 4) Explain the steps in the process of carrying out sociological investigation. What specific questions must be answered as a researcher moves through their investigation?
  12. (TCOs 3 and 8) You have been asked by a committee of student success coaches to investigate why the rate at which freshman students post to their course threaded discussions is lower than the rate for other groups of students. Explain how the symbolic-interactionist perspective would analyze and explain the low posting rate. (In other words, consider the contributing factors that the symbolic-interactionist perspective would focus on in trying to explain the reasons for the low rate of students posting to their threads.) Then discuss a solution that an interactionist might use to encourage freshman students to post.
  13. (TCOs 6 and 7) Contrast mass-society theory with class-society theory and give a criticism of each.
  14. (TCOs 3, 4, and 6) List and describe the stages that societies go through in Lenski’s sociocultural evolution.
  15. (TCOs 5, 6, and 8) Identify and briefly explain the four principles that underlie social stratification. 

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