Introduction to Sociology - ONLINE - Spring 2019

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

Week 13. Human Population
Apr 22:
Read Textbook, Section 20.0
Apr 23: Read Textbook, Section 20.1
Apr 24: Read Textbook, Section 20.2
  
Take Chapter Quiz by Thurs 9pm
   Contribute to Discussion Board
Optional: extra credit online media B1

 

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)


Blackboard Link

Online Media B1:
Overpopulation

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VIDEO: Watch The Overpopulation Myth (2014, 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)

Due on or before Friday, April 26 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: SOCIB1

 

 

 

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 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 reymers@morrisville.edu, 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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ONLINE MEDIA
OMB1 Online Media B1:
The Overpopulation Myth (2014, YouTube, ~50min), featuring Hans Rosling
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Online Media 10:
G. William Domhoff, Who Rules America?, (2014)

OM9 Online Media 9:
The Rich, the Poor, and the Trash (DW Documentary, 2018)
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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)
OM6

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

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Online Media 5:

Read Kingsley Davis's 1947 article titled Extreme Isolation

OM4

Online Media 4:
Read Introduction to Sociological Theory, by George Ritzer
and
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


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 ONLINE | Spring 2019 | Prof. Kurt Reymers