Introduction to Sociology - ONLINE - Spring 2018

Syllabus | Schedule | Media | Notes | Research | Grades

Week 13: Human Population

  • Apr 16: Read Textbook, Section 20.0
  • Apr 17: Read Textbook, Section 20.1
  • Apr 18: Read Textbook, Section 20.2
    • Quiz due by Thursday 9pm
    • Optional BONUS Online Media B1 Fri 5pm
    • Research Report 3 now due LATE by Monday Apr 23 5pm


      Final Exam will be available Monday,
      April 30, 9am and must be completed by Tuesday, May 1, 9pm.

Blackboard Link


Sociology quote of the week:

A finite world can support only a finite population; therefore, population growth must eventually equal zero. -- Garrett Hardin

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TEXTBOOK FORMATS:

1) Read Online - http://cnx.org/content/col11407/latest/
2) Download the PDF version (free)
3) or, purchase a print copy on Amazon.com ($20)


 

BONUS Online Media B1: Overpopulation

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Optional: not a required assignment

VIDEO: Watch The Overpopulation Myth (YouTube, ~50min long), featuring Hans Rosling and answer the following questions:

1. When did human population reach 1 billion people? What is it now? (~3 min)

2. What is happening in Bangladesh with respect to the family institution? (~4 min)

3. What has happened with respect to average number of babies in the world in the past 50 years? (~9 min)

4. What has happened in terms of infant mortality (death of children) over the past 200 years? (~19 min)

5. What will the predicted world population be in 2100? (~21 min)

6. How have hospitals in Mozambique changed in the last 30 years? (~30 min)

7. What is the difference in income from the poorest to richest among the world population? (~36 min)

8. What percent of adults in the world today are literate? (~43 min)

9. In terms of the proportion of the world in extreme poverty, how has world income distribution changed in the last 50 years? (~ 46 min)

10. What is the energy-related problem with ending the world's extreme poverty? (~52 min)

E-mail your completed assignment to: reymers@morrisville.edu, with the SUBJECT line to read: SOCIB1

Due on or before Friday, 4/20 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 reymers@morrisville.edu, with the subject heading of "SOCI#" (with "#" being the number of that week's online activity, as noted above).

Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link to my email (or remove the automatic subject line heading) as answers with this subject line are automatically filtered into my email activities folder (and thus I will not see an email having to do with something else until the following week or later).


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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ONLINE MEDIA
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Online Media B1:
The Overpopulation Myth (YouTube, ~50min long), featuring Hans Rosling

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Online Media 10:
Domhoff, Who Rules America? (2017, UC Santa Cruz)

SOCI9 Online Media 9: The Global Subordination of Women, by Cynthia Fuchs Epstein (2006 Presidential Address to the American Sociological Association)
om7 Online Media 8:
Read
Somebodies and Nobodies by Robert Fuller
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Online Media 7:
A) WATCH: TEDx Mid-Atlantic: Monique Sternin (Viet Nam)

B) WATCH: Positive Deviance (Myanmar)

Online Media 6:
Watch this video from Top Documentary Films (46 minutes)

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Online Media 5:
Kingsley Davis's article titled Extreme Isolation
, description of child neglect in 1947 leading to socialization deficits

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Online Media 4:
Learning the Student Role: Kindergarten as Academic Boot Camp, a reading by Harry L. Gracey


Recommended video accompaniment

Online Media 3:
Mitch Albom's We Talk About Culture (click this link for the reading assignment)

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Online Media 2:
Watch this video about "common sense" and why it is a problem for sociological thinking.

Recommended:
Here's a video about FATE and FREE WILL that helps to explain the paradox that lies between individual and society.
Sociological Imagination

Online Media 1:
Watch this video about the "sociological imagination" or how biography and history intersect

 

 

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 | Spring 2018 | Prof. Kurt Reymers