INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY:LN1 - ONLINE MEDIA QUESTIONS
Professor Reymers - Spring 2017

All assignments should be e-mailed to: reymers@morrisville.edu


Online Media SOCI6: Deviance and Social Class

OM6

Read Online Media 6 (The Saints and the Roughnecks) and answer the following questions:

1. Who were the Saints and who were the Roughnecks?

2. How did Chambliss characterize these two groups?

3. How does this article illustrate labeling theory?

4. How does this article illustrate conflict theory?

5. What eventually happened to the Saints and the Roughnecks?

6. Do you think that Chambliss is correct in his assessment that what matters is not the person being labeled, but the people doing the labeling when it comes to understanding delinquency?

E-mail your completed assignment to: reymers@morrisville.edu, with the SUBJECT line to read: SOCI6

Due on or before Friday, 3/17 at 5pm

 


Online Media SOCI5: Social Networks



Watch this video
(46 minutes) and answer the following questions:

1. What is the meaning of the term "six degrees of separation"?
2. Why were Cornell researchers Strogatz and Watts studying crickets?
3. What is the paradox of "small world problem" and how is it solved?
4. How was actor Kevin Bacon used to study the six degrees of separation?
5. What is a network hub?
6. What are some other examples of small world networks?
7. Who are society's "hubs"?
8. How can the reality of social networks lead to negative outcomes?
9. How can our undertstanding of networks help to ward off these problems?
10. How many of the forty packages made it back to Marc Vidal in Boston and how many connections did they take to get there?

E-mail your completed assignment to: reymers@morrisville.edu, with the SUBJECT line to read: SOCI5

Due on or before Friday, 3/2 at 5pm


Online Media SOCI4: Extreme Isolation

Davis

Answer the following questions about Kingsley Davis's article titled Extreme Isolation:

1. Compare and contrast the experiences of both Anna and Isabelle both during confinement and after confinement in terms of:
a. family situation
b. physical abilities and challenges
c. mental capabilities and challenges
d. social development

2. Why did Isabelle make more progress physically, mentally, and socially than Anna?

3. What conclusions can be drawn in terms of the importance of early socialization experiences? What do these experiences contribute to the 'nature-nurture' debate?

E-mail your completed assignment to: reymers@morrisville.edu, with the SUBJECT line to read: SOCI4

(Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link to email me; or if you do, be sure to remove the automatic subject line heading "SOCI#")

Due on or before Friday, Feb 24 at 5pm


Online Media SOCI3: The Culture of Fear

"Fear is the mind killer." - Frank Herbert, Dune

Read "The Culture of Fear" by Frank Furedi (Spiked, 2007) and Watch the Interview with the author of the book The Culture of Fear, Barry Glassner (YouTube, 9 min). Then send your answers by email to your professor (see below).

OM3a QUESTIONS on READING:

1. What is the authors argument about how sociologists have dealt with the cultural study of fear in the past and the present?

2. What does sociologist Ann Swidler mean by saying "in the very act of using culture, people ‘learn how to be, or become, particular kinds of persons’"?

3. What does the author mean by saying that "fear today has a free-floating and raw dynamic"?


OM3b QUESTIONS on VIDEO:

4. What are the social institutions and forces that promote a "culture of fear" in our society?

5. What are the problems related to promoting a culture of fear and mistrust in children?

6. Using the same logic as the video narrator (Barry Glassner), discuss the fear and risks regarding violent young males in our public schools and what that means for the millennial generation.


Due on or before Friday, 2/3 at 5pm. No late assignments will be accepted.

DO NOT send as an attachment. E-mail your completed answers to: reymers@morrisville.edu, with the SUBJECT line to read: SOCI3.

 


Online Media SOCI2: Science vs. Common Sense

OM2

Watch this video about "common sense" and why it is a problem for sociological thinking. Duncan Watts, TEDx Dec 1 2011 (YouTube 15 min). Then send your answers by email to your professor (see below).

1) What is "The Puzzle" that sociologist Duncan Watts is investigating in his presentation?

2) How does Watts define "common sense"?

3) What is the "The Problem" of common sense?

4) How is the "problem of obviousness" related to determinism?

5) What do we do with "stories"?

6) Mark Twain said: "History never repeats itself, but it often rhymes." How would you interpret this proverb and what part of Watts' presentation relates to it?

7) What's the solution to large-scale social problems?

8) What is the tool invented in the recent past that has helped sociology the most (the "telescope" of sociology)?

Due on or before Friday, 1/27 at 5pm. No late assignments will be accepted.

DO NOT send as an attachment. E-mail your completed answers to: reymers@morrisville.edu, with the SUBJECT line to read: SOCI2.

(Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link; if you do, be sure to remove the automatic subject line heading "SOCI#", as these emails get automatically filed in a folder other than my inbox).


Online Media SOCI1: The Sociological Imagination

Sociological Imagination

Watch this video about the "sociological imagination" and discuss the questions below in an email to your Professor. Recommended additional reading material: Mills' original article "The Promise of Sociology"

1. What is another personal trouble (other than obesity, as described in the video) that has social factors that contribute?

2. How do social structures contribute to social problems?

3. How does using the sociological imagination help us examine human behavior?

Due on or before Friday, 1/20 at 5pm. No late assignments will be accepted.

DO NOT send your answers as an attachment. E-mail your completed answers directly to: reymers@morrisville.edu, with the SUBJECT line to read: SOCI1.

(Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link; if you do, be sure to remove the automatic subject line heading "SOCI#", as these emails get automatically filed in a folder other than my inbox).

 

 

 


Administrative Note: I will give you 3 chances to get the subject heading correct in your online media emails to me. For example, when you sent the first online media assignment, you should have used a subject heading in the email of "SOCI1." If you wrote something else (like, for instance, "Online Media Questions 1" or "soci 1 hw" or "from Joe Student"), or if you have included your assignment as an attachment, you have not paid attention to the details of the assignment instructions (details which make it crucially easier for me to organize your responses and read what you have written). You can do this three times without penalty, but a fourth instance of not paying attention to the details will result in a 1-point reduction from your Online Media grade. For the vast majority who are doing it right, thank you for paying attention to the details! - Regards, Prof Reymers