Introduction to Sociology - ONLINE - Spring 2019

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

Week 16. Course Concluded

Final grades can be reviewed on the grades page using your password. If you do not know your password, you can email me.

Have a great summer!

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Online Media have concluded


Note: I gave 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 writte n).

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

More info on the online media assignments:

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).

The Discussion Board

You should be actively posting weekly to the Discussion Board so as to add to your participation score for the course. Here is how to add a discussion postThe "Discussions" can be found with the links on the left side of the Blackboard page; click that link and then click on the title of the Discussion to which you want to add a comment or reply. You'll see a page of threads with the other student's names; to add to it, click "Create Thread".

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OM10 Online Media B2:
Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (Pts 1 & 2), feat. Matt Damon and Lester Brown, 2011
OMB1 Online Media B1:
The Overpopulation Myth (2014, YouTube, ~50min), featuring Hans Rosling

Online Media 10:
G. William Domhoff, Who Rules America?, (2014)

OM9 Online Media 9:
The Rich, the Poor, and the Trash (DW Documentary, 2018)

Online Media 8:
Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank
(Robert Fuller, 2004)

OM6 Online Media 7:
Read The Saints and the Roughnecks(Chambliss, 1973, Society, 9 pages)

Online Media 6:
Watch this video on the Six Degrees of Separation (BBC, Top Documentary Films, 46 minutes)


Online Media 5:

Read Kingsley Davis's 1947 article titled Extreme Isolation


Online Media 4:
Read Introduction to Sociological Theory, by George Ritzer
Three Sociological Perspectives, by Paul Colomy

(watch at least 1'08" to 1'12")
andread We Talk About Culture

Online Media 3:
Read/Watch SOCI reading/video #3, Mitch Albom's We Talk About Culture and watch movie (at least 1'08" to 1'12")

OM2 Online Media 2:
Watch this video
about "common sense" Duncan Watts, TEDx Dec 1 2011 (YouTube 15 min).
due Feb 1
Sociological Imagination

Online Media 1:
Watch this video about the "sociological imagination" and read these excerpts from C. Wright Mills' and discuss your answers to the questions (left) in an email to the Professor (follow instructions CAREFULLY).
due Jan 25



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 ONLINE | Spring 2019 | Prof. Kurt Reymers