Introduction to Sociology - ONLINE CLASS - Fall 2018

Syllabus | Schedule | Media | Notes | new!Research | Grades

Week 4: The Construction of Society

  • Sept 17: Read Textbook, Sections 4.0, 4.1
    Sept 18: Read Textbook, Section 4.2
    Sept 19: Read Textbook, Section 4.3
  • Take Chapter 4 quiz (on Blackboard between Tues 9am and Thurs 9pm)
  • Post a discussion on the topic of the week (on your socially constructed reality experiment) in the Blackboard discusson board
  • Complete Online Media 4 (available below) and email your answers to me by Friday 5pm
  • Research Report 1 due by email Monday Sept 24, 5pm

Sociology quote of the week:

"Society is an insane asylum run by the inmates."
~ Erving Goffman


Blackboard Link


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TEXTBOOK FORMATS:

1) Read Online - http://cnx.org/content/col11407/latest/

2) Download the PDF version (free here)

3) or, purchase a print copy on Amazon.com ($20)


 

Online Media SOCI4:
Social Interaction and Performance

OM4

Watch this Crash Course in Sociology video on Social Interaction and Performance (YouTube, 2017, 11:38) and answer the following questions below.

1. How are social interaction and social structure defined?

2. What is social status? Include the difference between ascribed and achieved status. Give three examples from your life.

3. What is a social role and how does it differ from a status?

4. What is the "Thomas Theorem?"

5. What is "impression management" and what are "sign vehicles"?

6. What's the difference between "front stage" and "back stage" performances?

Due on or before Friday, Sept 21 at 5pm. Late online media assignments are not accepted.

DO NOT send as attachment. E-mail your completed answers to: reymers@morrisville.edu, with
SUBJECT LINE: SOCI4

(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).


Each week (see the course schedule) you will be reponsible for completing and submitting by email a weekly online activity. This may entail doing a reading or watching a video made available online, or performing some other kind of activity. Instructions will be posted weekly right here on the webpage by Monday and will be due (by email) on Friday at 5pm of each week. You should e-mail your completed assignment to reymers@morrisville.edu, with the subject heading of "SOCI#" (with "#" being the number of that week's online activity, as noted above).

 


Note: I will give you 3 chances without penalty to get the subject heading correct and to not include attachments 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 "SOCI#", where "#" means the number of the specific assignment of the week. If you wrote something else (like, for instance, "Online Media Questions 1" or "soc 4 hw"), 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 and further instances of not paying attention to the details will result in a 1-point reduction from your Online Media grade. For the vast majority of you who are doing it right, thank you for paying attention to the details!

- Regards, Prof Reymers


 

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ONLINE MEDIA
OM4 Online Media 4:
Crash Course in Sociology video on Social Interaction and Performance
(YouTube, 2017, 11:38)
OM3a OM3b Online Media 3: The Culture of Fear, Read Furedi, The Culture of Fear, and watch interview with Barry Glassner, author of the book "The Culture of Fear."
OM2 Online Media 2: Science vs. Common Sense, TedX Dec 1 2011, feat. Duncan Watts
OM1 Online Media 1: Crash Course in Sociology #1 "What is Sociology?" YouTube, 2017, 9:42)
 

 

Recommended Reading:
Careers in Sociology


COURSE THEMES:

FATE v. FREE WILL
Topic: Individual and Society

TRUTH v. FALSEHOOD 
Topic: Values and Culture

NATURE v. NURTURE  
Topic: Socialization

FAÇADE v. REALITY         
Topic: Social Construction

JUDGMENT v. COMPASSION          
Topic: Social Groups & Conformity

NORM v. ANOMIE          
Topic: Deviance & Crime/War

EQUALITY v. INEQUALITY    
Topic: U.S. Social Classes

MATH v. HUMANITY        
Topic: Human Population

MAN v. NATURE         
Topic: Environment and Society


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Introduction to Sociology | Fall 2018 | Prof. Kurt Reymers