Intro to Sociology
Introduction to Sociology - ONLINE CLASS - Fall 2018

Syllabus | Schedule | Media | Notes | Research | Grades

Week 8. Social Groups and Organization
Oct 15: Read Textbook, Section  6.1
Oct 16: Read Textbook, Section 6.2     
Oct 17: Read Textbook, Section 6.3
   Take Chapter Quiz: Tues 9am-Thurs 9pm
   Online Media #6 due Fri by 5pm


Sociology quote of the week:

"Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth." - President John F. Kennedy

Blackboard Link


1) Read Online -

2) Download the PDF version (free here)

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


Online Media 6:
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:, with the SUBJECT line to read: SOCI6

Due on or before Friday, 10/19 at 5pm


(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 (except exam weeks, 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, 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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OM6 Online Media 6: Documentary on Six Degrees of Separation, (Top Documentary Films, 2009)

Online Media 5:
George Mead's "I & Me" sense of self (Sharon Link, 2009)

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


Topic: Individual and Society

Topic: Values and Culture

Topic: Socialization

FAÇADE v. REALITY         
Topic: Social Construction

Topic: Social Groups & Conformity

NORM v. ANOMIE          
Topic: Deviance & Crime/War

Topic: U.S. Social Classes

MATH v. HUMANITY        
Topic: Human Population

MAN v. NATURE         
Topic: Environment and Society

Know Yourself - and find
your passion! like this guy:

Dub FX - "Made"

Introduction to Sociology | Fall 2018 | Prof. Kurt Reymers