Introduction to Sociology - Crawford 116 - Spring 2019

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

Week 9. Social Stratification

Mar 25:
Read Textbook, Sections 9.0, 9.1, 9.2
Mar 27:
Read Textbook, Sections 9.3, 9.4Plickers Quiz on Wednesday
Online Media #8 due Fri by 5pm

Research Report 2 has been assigned. It is due April 1st @ 2pm (no joke).

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

The Plickers Quiz

Textbook Formats:
1) Read Online -
2) Download the PDF version (free)
3) or, purchase a print copy on (~$20)

Online Media 8
Rankism and Social Class


Read Online Media 8, an excerpt from the book Somebodies and Nobodies: Overcoming the Abuse of Rank, by Robert Fuller, then answer the following questions:

1. What is “rankism”? What sociological theories relevantly explain rankism?

2. Is it power differences only that are the cause of rankism? Why or why not?

3. Give several specific examples of rankism, from your own life, if possible.

4. Talk about two potential consequences of rankism.

E-mail your completed assignment to:, with the SUBJECT line to read: SOCI8

Due on or before Friday, March 29 at 5pm


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

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).

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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)

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 (American Sociological Review 1952)


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 - Crawford 116 | Spring 2019 | Prof. Kurt Reymers