Sociology (Social Issues)
2. Describe how homophobia reinforces gender socialization, and what the negative consequences of it are
3. How does human capital theory, the dual labor market, gender segregation, and overt discrimination each explain the unequal gap in women's wages and treatment in the workforce?
4. What is feminism and feminist theory? Also, describe how each of the four frameworks of feminist theory explain gender inequality
2. Visit the toy section of a store or view toy commercials on tv and make specific observations about how toys for boys and girls differ, as well as how they are marketed differently. What are the gender norms that are being presented in children's toys?
3. Analyze some form of mass media (television show, movie, advertisements, video game, etc) and make specific observations about how gender roles and norms are portrayed differently for men and women. Then, identify how these portrayals relate to the reinforcement of patriarchy or gender inequality
1. Their dress and physical appearance
2. Their verbal communication (content and delivery)
3. Their nonverbal communication (tactile, proxemic, other body language)
After your observations, answer the following questions:
4. In what ways did the individuals you observed deviate from the standard gender roles and expectations?
5. What other factors may have influenced their gender identities, including race, class, age, or other factors, and how?
6. What does your observation tell you about the views that the dominant society has regarding gender roles and expectations?
2. Describe each of the causes of world poverty
3. What are the consequences of globalization?
4. What are the consequences of deindustrialization and technological change to the workplace?
also Observing Economic Restructuring Activity (DUE Thurs. 4/19- 6 points possible):
-Observe the work environment at a job you currently hold, held, or a place of business that you visit. Based on your observations, describe the ways that this work environment reflects and is affected by the following dimensions of economic restructuring:
1. Demographic changes (including deindustrialization and immigration)
2. Globalization of the economy
3. Technological change
Why recognizing Jesus was not white matters
Sympathy about Austin bomber stirs debate on race
Here's how much you have to earn to be considered upper class
Austin bomber: 'challenged young man' or 'terrorist'?
Police shoot and kill an unarmed black man in his backyard holding his cellphone
1. What the social issues surrounding the garment industry in your country are
2. What the company that made your garment says about its labor policies or what the policies with the countries of origin that produce its goods are (check out the company's 'social responsibility', 'policy', or 'about' pages)
3. What does your research tell you about the relationship of core, semi peripheral, and peripheral countries, as well as the international division of labor, based on world systems theory?
4. What isn't revealed in your research about the commodity chain or other issues of global stratification? Why do your think?
Hub for Women's Day coverage and links to gender inequality
People who make $400,000/yr. in Silicon Valley still 'middle class'
Number of US hate groups jumps 20% since 2014
US no longer calls itself 'nation of immigrants'
Betsy DuVos re-shaping Puerto Rico's education system
'Stop blaming white people sign' prompts investigation
Striking maps reveal wealth gaps in America
Busting the myths about welfare
McDonald's Women's Day tribute branded "McFeminism"
2. Describe how Karl Marx, Max Weber, and Functionalist theory explain the presence of class inequality in society
3. Summarize the arguments that attribute individual behaviors to the condition of poverty, and explain why these arguments are largely myths
Why 'Black Panther' means so much to so many
High school science project invokes racist 'Bell Curve'
1. How did each store differ in its appearance, both internal and external?
2. How did both the customers and the employees differ in each store?
3. How did the interactions between customers and employees differ in each store?
4. What indicators did you observe from the experience at each store that led you to identify the relative class level of each, and why?
5. What do your observations reveal about the class structure of the United States?
2. How does prejudice, discrimination, and racism differ?
3. Describe the criticisms of the Assimilation Perspective
Keystone XL Pipeline slideshow
FEMA to end food and water aid to Puerto Rico
Thousands of people in Puerto Rico were supposed to have electricity restored Saturday. They didn't
San Francisco joins cities in changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day
This map shows the US is 11 distinct 'nations' with separate cultures
2. Once you've made your list, write down whether these observations led you to stereotype these people. Why or why not?
3. On what are your stereotypes based?
The history of removing Latino immigrants from the country, and its negative effects
2. Why was tracking developed, and what have the consequences been?
3. Describe how the Teacher Expectancy Effect relates to the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Over 100 days later, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are in the longest blackout ever
1. Verbal communication
2. Nonverbal communication
3. Tactile communication
4. Proxemic communication
5. Describe what other social factors may have shaped the interaction between the individuals you observed, and why
...Also Social Interaction and Social Structure questions (DUE Mon. 12/4- 14 points possible):
1. Describe each of the functions of social institutions
2. What's the difference between a gemeinschaft and a gesselschaft? What are the characteristics of each?
3. What is a group, sociologically speaking? How are groups different than social categories?
4. What role does status play within groups? Also, describe the different types of status
5. Describe the differences between status and roles
6. What causes role conflict and role strain?
7. List and describe the four types of communication
8. Describe the factors that influence interpersonal attraction
9. Describe each of the four theories of social interaction, and explain how they influence social interaction
10. How is impression management similar to game theory?
11. Research and summarize an article describing how technology has affected social interaction, either positively or negatively. Cite your source
Article explaining the President's comments and social context during his meeting with Navajo Codetalkers
Discrimination against Hmong shoppers on Black Friday
2. How did the US government legally, politically, and socially reinforce colonialism over the course of Puerto Rico's history? (2 PTS.)
3. What caused the first Puerto Rican diaspora? How were Puerto Rican migrants to the mainland US treated?
4. Identify and describe two specific examples each of how the concepts of manifest destiny and the white man's burden have influenced US policy and treatment of Puerto Rico (2 PTS.)
5. What are the similarities between the slow response to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Maria, and why?
6. Research the history of the US Virgin Islands and identify how it is similar to Puerto Rico. Also, describe how the response to the island after Hurricane Maria is similar to that of Puerto Rico, and explain why. Cite your sources.
7. Identify and describe two major patterns that are consistent throughout the text, and link them to to the 'bigger picture' of colonialism or neocolonialism, racism, or globalization(2 PTS.)
Article on the mass exodus of people from Puerto Rico- its causes and effects
Puerto Rico's long road to recovery
More on the Puerto Rican diaspora following the hurricane
Frustration mounts as US troops now leave Puerto Rico
Poll shows that majority of whites feel they're being 'discriminated against'-here's your chance to test your skills on poll results
2. List and describe each step in the research process
3. What are concepts, and why are they hard to study? How can they be measured, and how can sociologists be sure their measurements are valid?
4. How can you find out if research results reported in the media are accurate?
5. Describe two ways to accurately draw conclusions about a population when only studying a portion of it
6. Describe each of the ways in which statistical information can be misinterpreted (willfully or accidentally)
7. Describe each of the tools of sociological research, and identify the advantages and disadvantages of each
8. What is debriefing? When is it used?
Another example of racist cartoon propaganda- Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips
Compared to this article...
3. Racial/ethnic minorities
4. Any other groups that are featured (such as age, class, sexual orientation, or region)
-Then, describe what your observations of this object of pop culture tell you about the cultural ideals of the dominant culture
Also Culture questions pt. II (DUE Mon. 10/2- 9 points possible):
1. Describe the differences between a subculture and a counterculture
2. What is cultural relativism, and how is it different from ethnocentrism?
3. How does the dominant culture relate to cultural hegemony?
4. Describe how the media influences culture
5. Describe how the following sociological theories interpret culture: functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interaction, and new cultural studies/ postmodernism
6. Describe the ways in which culture can change, and give an example of each
Interesting article about the psychological effects of gender roles forced on kids
2. How does a society as diverse as the US still share a common culture?
3. In what ways is culture learned, and how?
4. What are symbols, and what role do they play in shaping culture?
5. Define the Sapir-Worf hypothesis, and state why most scholars think it's only partially correct
6. Describe how language can be used to reinforce power or social inequality
7. What are norms? What is the difference between implicit and explicit norms?
8. What's the difference between folkways, mores, and taboos? How are they enforced?
9. What are beliefs, and how do they hold a culture together?
10. What are values, and how do they relate to peoples' behavior in a society?
Interesting article about the shifting definition of 'white' has shaped US immigration policy
2. How did they try to normalize the situation and impose social sanctions?
3. Explain whether this norm was implicit or explicit, and why
Once you have obtained full consent, write down the person's answers to the following questions:
1. Their age, gender, racial/ethnic background, and political affiliation they most strongly identify with
2. What do they think has changed since 9/11? Why do they think so?
3. How significant do they think 9/11 is in the history of the US? Why?
4. What do they think is important for younger people to know about 9/11? Why?
This article about the recent DACA decision provides an excellent example of debunking
1. A summary of the main points or issues in the article
2. An analysis of the role that race, class, and gender plays in influencing the main points or issues (2 PTS.)
3. An analysis of the article using the sociological imagination- what social patterns and forces are at work 'behind the scenes'? (2 PTS.)
Interesting article about a black man posing as a white supremacist online- rich in sociological analysis
Another one about how the 'high and tight' hairstyle has become a symbol of the white nationalist movement
2. Describe the differences between troubles and issues, and give examples of each
3. Define 'debunking', and give an example
4. How does diversity shape the social context of people in societies like the US? Why is understanding diversity important to sociology?
5. What changes occurred in western europe in the 18th and 19th centuries? How did they change society and influence the development of sociology?
6. Briefly summarize the major contributions and theories of Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, and Max Weber
7. How was early sociological study different in the US compared to europe? How did the work of Jane Addams, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, and W.E.B. DuBois symbolize this difference?
8. Describe each of the three major theoretical frameworks of sociology. What are the criticisms of each of these theories? (2 PTS.)
9. How has feminist theory and postmodernism changed sociological analysis?
Article from BBC on the recent events in Charlottesville