Review Notes Sociology 101 Morrisville State College Final Exam

Major Concepts to Review for Final Exam:

Monday, May 1st, 1:20pm, Charlton 106
Please bring a pencil!

Introduction - Chapter 1

- How are society, science, and self defined?
- What is the basic unit of analysis in sociology?
- What is a social institution?
- Who invented the term sociology?
... When?
... Where?
... Why?
- What were the social conditions that were changing in Europe in the 1800s to prompt these sociologists to write about their societies?
- What is Structural-Functional Theory?
What is Social Conflict Theory?
- What is Symbolic-Interaction Theory?

Doing Social Science - Chapter 2

- How is the scientific method defined?
What is a hypothesis? What is a theory?
What are the four "ways of knowing" (and establishing our beliefs)
- What are the typical methods of sociological research?
What is the difference between a research method's reliability and its validity?

- Chapter 3

- What is the definition of culture?
- On the four components of culture:
... What are Symbols?
... What is Language?
... What are Values, Beliefs, and Norms?
... What are Artifacts?
- What is meant by the term "the globalization of culture"?

Types of Societies and Social Construction - Chapter 4

- What types of societies have developed (relate to types of food production)?
- What is Social Status?
(What are: status set, ascribed status, achieved status?)
- What is a Social Role?
(What are: role set, role conflict, role strain, role exit?)

- What does the "Social Construction of Reality" mean?
- What is the Thomas Theorem?

Socialization - Chapter 5

- What is the definition of socialization?
- What is the definition of personality?
- What is the nature vs. nurture debate?
- What effect does social isolation have on people? Give an example.
- Who/What are our agents of socialization?
- What were Sigmund Freud's ideas about the how the human mind is structured?
- What were George Mead's ideas about the connection between self and socialization?

Social Groups and Conformity - Chapter 6

- What is a Social Group (vs. category or crowd)?
- What are Primary vs. Secondary Groups?
- What does the phrase "six degrees of separation" mean?
- What is the idea of "groupthink" and why is it a problem?
- What is the Asch line experiment and what are the two types of conformity he discovered?
- What is the Milgram shock experiment and what does it show?

Deviance -
Chapter 7

- How is deviance defined (violation of norms - expected behavior; neither good nor bad; demand sanctions)
- What are the social functions of deviance according to Durkheim?
- What does it mean to say that deviance is defined by power (Marx; rule-makers vs. rule-breakers)?
What is 'Labeling Theory'? (Lemert, Chambliss; primary vs. secondary deviance; stigma)
- What are the four parts of the criminal justice system?
What different types of sanctions exist in the criminal justice system?
- Why is the U.S. the nation with the highest incarceration rate in the world?

Social Stratification: Class in American Society - Chapter 9

- Define stratification.
- How are social stratification categories socially constructed?
- What are the measures of stratification? (the 3 P's)

- What is the difference between Caste, Estate, and Class stratification?
- What are the relative class rankings in the U.S. (lower, middle, upper, etc.)?

Global Inequality
- Chapter 10

- What are the numbers and characteristics of High, Middle, Low Income countries?
- What is the distribution of income, globally?
- What is the state of global poverty?
- What Creates/Solves Global Inequalities?

- Modernization Theory: upgrading poor nations with technology (green revolution and technology transfer, for example)
- Dependency Theory: historical relations show exploitation of poor by rich (neocolonialism and the military-industrial complex, for example)

Political Sociology - Chapter 17

- What are the relationships between politics and authority?
- What different types of political rule exist?
- What is the difference betwen pluralism and a power elite?
- What evidence exists to suggest that pluralist, democratic politics no longer describes American government?
- How does political change happen?

Human Population and Urbanization - Chapter 20

- What is the world population today and how has it changed over time?
- What is the J-curve?
- What are Fertility and Mortality?
- What is the population growth formula?
- What is the Demographic Transition? What do the stages on the graph represent?
- What is cultural lag?
- What are the effects of high fertility and decreasing mortality in developing countries?

- What is a megacity?
- What is the history of megacity growth, and where are they growing?
- What are the urban social issues arising from population growth?

Environmental Sociology
- Chapter 20

- What are the logic and limits of growth?
- What are the chief toxic wastes entering our environment from industrial/agricultural uses?

- What are the causes and consequences of climate change?
- What other environmental problems exist due to human industrialization and urbanization?
- How can these environmental problems be addressed so they have a limited effect on future generations?