Intro to Sociology
Introduction to Sociology - Shannon 102 (f2f) - Fall 2018

Syllabus | Schedule | Online Media | Notes | Research | Grades

Week 11. Social Class and Inequality

Nov 12: Read Textbook, Sections 10.0, 10.1
Nov 14: Read Textbook, Section 10.2, 10.3
   Plickers Quiz on Wednesday
   Online Media #9 due Fri by 5pm


Sociology quote of the week:

"Every American deserves to live in freedom, to have his or her privacy respected and a chance to go as far as their ability and effort will take them - regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or economic circumstances."
-- Christopher Dodd, U.S. Senator


1) Read Online -

2) Download the PDF version (free)

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

Online Media 9:
Global Empathy


Watch this 2010 TEDx video of U. Penn sociologist Sam Richards discussing A Radical Experiment in Empathy (18 minutes)

1. According to Sam Richards, with what concept does one start to understand sociology?

2. Discuss the idea of "stepping into someone else's shoes."

3. To what war does Richards refer in crafting his analogy of China occupying the United States to secure its coal interests?

4. What resource does Richards focus upon in our global interests?

5. What percentage of the world's military spending does the United States spend?

6. How many civilian deaths have occurred in relation to the war?

7. How does religion figure in both personal views and in the international relations between societies?

8. What different perspectives can be taken regarding the photo of the woman holding the flag?

9. Copy and explain the Dostoevsky quote about "understanding."

your completed assignment to:, with the SUBJECT line to read: SOCI9

Due on or before Friday, 11/16 at 5pm


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, 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 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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OM9 Online Media 9: A Radical Experiment in Empathy (Sam Richards, TEDx, 2010)

Online Media 8: The Global Subordination of Women (Cynthia Fuchs-Epstein, American Sociological Review, 2007)


Online Media 7: Crash Course Sociology, Episode #20, Crime (11:36 YouTube, 2017)

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)

Online Media 3:
A Mini-Guide to Essential Questions
, pamphlet by Linda Elder and Richard Paul, 2009

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)


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

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Introduction to Sociology | Fall 2018 | Prof. Kurt Reymers