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Semester 2 Unit 1 Text questions • Review Questions • 1. What are four functions that families provide individuals and society? • 2. What are two reasons that divorce may have increased in recent years? • 3. What are the three types of descent present in the world in terms aspects like inheritance? • 4. Describe two different family arrangements that are present in North America. • 5. What is kinship? How are kinship networks important for many minority individuals? • Critical Thinking Questions • 1. Describe your kinship group. What types of obligations do you think that your kinship group has for the members? • 2. Scholars have suggested that people tend to marry people like themselves. Do you think this is true? Do you think this trend is changing in modern society? Why or why not? • 3. Of the different functions that families provide, which do you think is the most important? Why? • 4. Why do you think divorces have increased in the last fifty years? What factors may have influenced this? Do you think people think about marriage and divorce differently today? • 5. Describe your family arrangement. What family variation do you think your family falls into? Why? Lab Questions • Pakistan: This is Your Wife <- your first lab link View the above video to help you answer the questions below. You may want to print out the questions and then pause the video when you locate an answer. • 1. Why has Tabriz agreed to an arranged marriage? • 2. How does Tabriz feel about the marriage and his new wife? • 3. Describe the wedding. • 4. How are the customs presented in the video different or similar to what occurs in your culture? • 5. Do you think you'd choose an arranged marriage if you were in Tabriz or Sumra's shoes? Why or why not? • http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/rough/2006/12/pakistan_this_i.html Quiz Discussion 1 Discussion 2 Unit 2 Text questions • Review Questions • 1. What are two different types of religious organizations? Define each and give an example. • 2. Discuss two functions that religion has in society. Why are these functions important? • 3. Describe the differences between the sacred and the profane. What is one example of each? • 4. What are two functions that education has in society? Why are these functions important? • 5. What is a hidden curriculum? Given an example of something that might be part of education’s hidden curriculum. • Critical Thinking Questions • 1. Do you think that religion (prayer, religious symbols, teaching creationism) should be allowed in public schools? Why or why not? • 2. What do you think is the most important function that religion provides for individuals or society? Why? • 3. Great Britain has proposed that schools teach not only academic subjects, but also core values like honesty and nonviolent behavior. Do you think that schools should teach values to students? Why or why not? • 4. Online education has many advantages and disadvantages. What do you think is one advantage and disadvantage of online education? What could be done to improve the disadvantage that you listed? • 5. Sociologists argue that the educational system can reinforce social inequality in society. Do you agree or disagree? Back up your answer with information from the lesson or your own experiences. Lab Questions • Jesus in China <- your first lab link • 1. Where did the Christian church worship? Why did they have to gather at this place? • 2. Why are some groups coming out into the open with their religion? What challenges are there in doing this? • 3. What actions has the government taken against house and underground churches? • 4. How do the official churches differ from the underground churches?. • 5. Why does the government try to control religion in China? • http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/china_705/ Quiz Discussion 1 Discussion 2 Unit 3 Text questions • Review Questions • 1. What are the three types of authority? Define each type of authority. • 2. What are two different types of governments that a society might have? Describe each type of government and discuss the differences between them. • 3. What is one trend that is happening in the economy? What effects does this trend have? • 4. What are the differences between capitalism and socialism? • 5. What are the differences between the pluralist model of power and the elite model of power? • Critical Thinking Questions • 1. Sociologists argue that government policies affect the everyday lives of individuals. What is a government policy or law that affects your everyday life? Describe how this policy affects your life. • 2. Choose one person who you think has authority. What type of authority do you think this person has? Why? • 3. Political socialization often takes place between parents and their children. Do you think that your parents have socialized you politically? Are your political views similar or different from your parents? • 4. Do you think that governments should be able to regulate things like how many children a couple has? Why or why not? Should governments be able to regulate the private lives of individuals? • 5. Do you think that e-commerce has changed how you buy and consume goods (as opposed to how individuals did this twenty or thirty years ago)? Why or why not? Do you think that businesses are more likely to use the internet to advertise and sell goods today than 10 or 15 years ago? Lab Questions • 1. What are the young people called in Egypt? Why? • 2. What is INJAZ? • 3. What are some of the products or services that the groups are developing? • 4. What is the competition like? Which product did you like best? • 5. Do you think competitions like this are good for businesses and a country's economy? Why or why not? • http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/egypt804/video/video_in dex.html Quiz Discussion 1 Discussion 2 Unit 4 Text Questions • Review Questions • 1. Discuss two norms or values that sports help to teach children in society. How does sports help teach these aspects of culture? • 2. What are two functions of the mass media for society? Why do you think these functions are important? • 3. Why are many countries concerned about the growing globalization of the media? • 4. What is narcotizing dysfunction? Why is this dysfunction a concern? What is one example of a situation where this may have occurred? • 5. Discuss two ways that sports reinforce gender and racial inequality in society. • Critical Thinking Questions • 1. Do you think that Native American sports mascots are offensive? Why or why not? Should teams be forced to change their team name to something that is less controversial? • 2. Do you think that violence in the media is harmful to individuals and society? Why or why not? • 3. Describe the main characters of one television program that you watch. Do you think the characters reflect the composition of society in terms of class, race, and gender? Why or why not? • 4. Sociologists argue that sports often reflect gender, racial, and class inequality. Do you agree or disagree with this? Why? • 5. Do you think that gatekeeping is increasing or decreasing in society (in other words, are alternative messages more or less likely to be heard in today’s media)? Why or why not? Lab Questions • 1. What is the baseball field like that the national team uses? • 2. How did people in Ghana learn about baseball? • 3. What other sport is popular in Ghana? What challenges do baseball players face? • 4. Why do you think the men play baseball in Ghana? • 5. What benefits do you think sports in general offer to people? • http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/rough/2007/07/ghana_baseball. html# quiz Discussion 1 Discussion 2 Midterm Midterm Discussion Unit 5 Text Questions • Review Questions • 1. What are two different statistics that demographers use to study population? Define the statistics. • 2. What influences the overall growth pattern in a country? Describe how these aspects affect population. • 3. What was Malthus’s theory of population? What did he believe was going to happen? • 4. How does population growth affect environmental problems? • 5. What is environmental racism? What is one example of environmental racism? • Critical Thinking Questions • 1. Do you think that North American culture contributes to environmental issues? Why or why not? • 2. Malthus argued that the world was going to run out of food as the population continued to grow. Do you think this is still a concern today? Why or why not? • 3. The estimated population in 2050 is 8 billion people. What consequences do you think this higher population will have on the environment and society? Should people be concerned about the rate of growth? Why? • 4. Some countries like China have instituted population control measures. Do you think countries should try to limit their population growth? Why or why not? Are there consequences from limiting growth? • 5. What do you think you can do to help solve environmental issues? Discuss at least three things that you can do in your own life to limit your impact on the earth. Lab Questions • 1. What is life like in Guatemala? • 2. How many deportees were sent back to Guatemala from the United States in the last year? • 3. Why do some individuals go to the United States? • 4. How did the immigration raid affect Postville, Iowa? • 5. What is William's life like back in Guatemala • http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/rough/2009/07/guatemala_a_tal. html Quiz Discussion 1 Discussion 2 Unit 6 Text Questions • Review Questions • 1. What is the Davis-Moore thesis? • 2. List and define three different systems of stratification in society. • 3. What three dimensions does Weber argue should be considered when examining social stratification? • 4. What is social mobility? In which ways can a person move in the social stratification system of the United States and Canada? • 5. Compare and contrast the upper-uppers and the upper-lowers in the United States. • Critical Thinking Questions • 1. The Davis-Moore thesis argues that social inequality is beneficial to society. Do you agree or disagree with this thesis? Why or why not? • 2. Table 1 gives the prestige rankings for a number of different occupations. Do you think that the prestige rankings reflect the most important jobs in society? (Are the jobs with the highest prestige the most important to society?) Why or why not? • 3. Some experts argue in favor of class-based affirmative action. That is, giving people born to lower-class families an advantage in college admissions and company hiring. Do you think that society should do something like this? Why or why not? • 4. Think about your parents and grandparents. Do you think that social mobility has happened in your own family? What type(s) of social mobility have happened? Include in your discussion the events or reasons for your answers. • 5. Choose a popular television show and discuss which social class you believe the main character or family represents. What factors (occupation, wealth, power, prestige, education, etc.) lead you to believe that they belong in this social class? Lab Questions • 1. What are some of the effects of being poor for kids? Describe what life is like for the kids shown in the video. Write at least two paragraphs describing the effects on children and teens. • 2. What are the effects of poverty on parents and the families? Describe some of these effects on parents. Write at least two paragraphs. • 3. What are some of the strategies that the families use to deal with the effects of poverty? • 4. Is poverty a problem in the United States? Why or why not? • 5. How would you solve the problem of child poverty? • http://www.pbs.org/video/2306814133/ Discussion 1 Discussion 2 Unit 7 Text Questions • Review Questions • 1. List and define three different types of collective behaviors. • 2. What are two different theories of collective behavior? Explain each of the two theories. • 3. List and define two different types of social movements. Give an example of each type. • 4. Describe the stages or lifecycle of a social movement. • 5. What is resource mobilization theory? How do social movements develop according to this theory? • Critical Thinking Questions • 1. If you could do research on any one type of collective behavior, which type would it be? Define the type of collective behavior that you choose and discuss why you think you’d like to study this type? What would you hope to learn? • 2. Contagion theory argues that crowds have a hypnotic effect on individuals, causing them to act in ways that they ordinarily would not. Do you agree or disagree with this theory? Why or why not? Do you think that one of the other theories presented better describes collective behavior? • 3. Describe one instance of collective behavior that you were a part of. Which type of collective behavior do you think the situation fits best? Where did the situation happen? What was the outcome of the situation? • 4. Social movements occur around many different issues in society. If you could start or join a movement, which issue in society would you choose? Why? What would you hope to accomplish? • 5. Choose one past or present example of a social movement in society. What type of social movement do you think that this example illustrates? Who is the social movement trying to change? How much change are they trying to get in society? Lab Questions • The Antidote to Apathy <- your first lab link • 1. Meslin argues that most people do care and want to become involved. Do you agree or disagree with him? • 2. Describe at least three obstacles that people may face in getting involved. • 3. Describe at least two changes that you would make to encourage people to be more involved in their communities and nation. • 4. Are you involved in your community? Why or why not? What would encourage you to be more involved? • http://www.ted.com/talks/dave_meslin_the_antidote_to_apathy • The New Power of Collaboration <- your second lab link • 1. Why is communication important to collective behavior? • 2. How is the internet affecting collective behavior? • 3.How do sites like Wikipedia and Thinkcycle illustrate the cooperation possible on the internet? • 4. Think about a problem that you see in the world. How could cooperation and collaboration help solve this issue? • http://www.ted.com/talks/howard_rheingold_on_collaboration Quiz Discussion 1 Discussion 2 Unit 8 Text Questions • Review Questions • 1. What causes social change? Identify and discuss at least three causes in your answer. • 2. What is the equilibrium model of social change? • 3. Discuss three characteristics of modern society. How was pre-industrial society different from modern society on each characteristic? • 4. Discuss three characteristics of postmodern society? How does postmodern society differ in these characteristics than pre-industrial or modern societies? • 5. What is social change? Discuss at one theory that attempts to explain social change. • Critical Thinking Questions • 1. Marx argues that social change is necessary to eliminate inequality and injustices. Do you agree or disagree? Why? • 2. What is a current piece of social change that you think people in society are resistant to? Why do you think this resistance is happening? Do you think the social change will continue in this area? • 3. What do you think is the most important change that modernization brought? What do you think is the biggest problem since modernization? • 4. Scholars say that one aspect of postmodernism is that people don’t believe that science has all of the answers anymore. Do you think that people are more critical of science now than in the past? Why or why not? • 5. One characteristic of postmodernism is a sense of uncertainty about the future. What do you think people are uncertain about in today’s society when they look toward the future? Discuss at least two aspects. Lab Questions • 1. What is microlending? • 2. What are the advantages of microlending? • 3. How are microlending agencies combining loans with other social improvements for individuals? • 4. Go to www.kiva.org - Click on the "Lend" tab and summarize three entrepreneurs who are looking for a loan. Each summary should be in your own words. • https://www.kiva.org/ • 5. Describe how microlending agencies causes social change around the world. What are your thoughts about these agencies? • http://www.pbs.org/video/2365164307/ Quiz Discussion 1 Discussion 2

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