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August 8, 2019

Response to RM SOSP 9.3

Respond positively, specifically and substantially with a minimum of 200 words. No paraphrasing. Something that I see first hand as being a problem for families in my community is not being able to afford food and or school lunches. Outside the home there are ways to help feed a family, WIC, food stamps, etc. It is crazy to me that if a family cannot afford to put money into their child’s lunch account that they go negative in the hole. The child then receives a peanut butter and jelly sandwich everyday for lunch until it is paid. I think this […]
August 8, 2019

Cultural Norms Experiment

Select ONE and post your response below. Remember to post at least two comments on other posts. Your comments should be about 4 lines in length each. If you are shooting for an A in this course, then do more than the minimum of two. Your main post should be at least 3 paragraphs in length, 250 words. 1. STAR WARS SUBCULTURE: Watch this 10 minute video clip on Star Wars Fans (Star Wars Fans – Violating Cultural Norms (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.). Use the CC, if needed. Answer the following questions: What specific American […]
August 8, 2019

Class discussion need finished in 4 hours 2 paragraphs

This and last week’s material reviewed major theoretical orientations that we will refer to often throughout the semester. I’ve previously suggested downloading and printing the theoretical orientation handout (provided in Week 1 and 2 handouts) because it is a useful tool that you can use to note not only theoretical assumptions but stages of human development. We will also come across other theories that can be placed into each of the major orientations presented this week as they are smaller theories deriving from these broader theories. For each stage of development, you can enter key-words, phrases, and names of smaller […]
August 8, 2019

4 newspaper articles on different sustainability

Directions: For each of the four assignments, you will find one newspaper article on a topic related to sustainability. It could be environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, social sustainability, or any other topic related to sustainability that interests you. The article can come from any newspaper in the U.S. or around the world. For example, you could do this by typing the word “Sustainability and Environment” into the Google search engine or another search engine. For each assignment, you will address the two questions below in bold type in a total of 6-8 sentences (3 to 4 sentences per question = […]
August 8, 2019

The Discovery of Hyperkinesis

read “The Discovery of Hyperkinesis”) 1. According to Peter Conrad, the author of the reading on Hyperkinesis, who were the social observers who had a stake in making “hyperkinesis” a medical condition, 2. how did they go about “creating” that medical label? Also Watch this video http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/parents/ After viewing the film, answer the following: 1. What disease was portrayed in the PBS video? 2. How are the different diseases portrayed in both the video and reader similar in terms of how the condition was diagnosed and treated? (TIP: compare the role(s) of the medical community and other “ social observers” […]
August 8, 2019

THE MARSHMALLOW TEST

Ever wonder why people can’t resist a temptation? Whether the temptation is buying something new than we can’t afford or ditching class to sleep in, these deviant behaviors are linked to one’s ability to delay gratification. This fascinating article and video highlight research on delayed gratification and deviant behaviors. Read the article on the Stanford Marshmallow Study. Then, watch the clip below. Marshmallow Study Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amsqeYOk–w Respond to the a few of the following questions to start an interesting discussion on this topic. What does this study reveal about deviant behavior? What does the statement “eat the marshmallow” mean in […]
August 8, 2019

Sociology homework

This homework assignment contains 3 questions based on Chapter 7 in the Reader. You **must** first read the chapter in order to complete the assignment. Write all your answers in a Word document and submit it to me using Blackboard. 1.Find and quote a statement or 2 in the reading that clearly illustrates Durkheim’s view that deviance or crime is “functional” or necessary for society (HINT: What words or synonyms does he use for “function”). Briefly explain your reasoning. 2.Find a statement, or more, that clearly illustrate how Durkheim believes that society itself creates or changes social norms that in […]
August 8, 2019

How does social structure influence the choices and experiences of aging individuals

A sociological perspective on aging highlights the role that social structure plays in shaping the choices and experiences of aging individuals. That is, sociologists recognize that while we are acting, feeling, reasoning beings that attach meaning to our behaviour, there are also important structural forces that influence our choices and experiences. For example, an individual’s choice to dye their greying hair may be influenced by the powerful forces of the media and cultural expectations of aging. Similarly, an older person’s choice to participate in community events may depend on their access to economic resources and transportation. Taking a sociological perspective, […]
August 8, 2019

Race and Ethnicity

With nearly seven billion people on the planet, the world offers a fascinating array of human characteristics. Race refers to the inherited physical characteristics that distinguish one group from another. These distinguishing characteristics include a variety of complexions, colors, and shapes. Although there have been significant strides in the understanding of race and racial equality, two myths of race are still common. One is the perception that some races are superior to others; the other is that “pure” races exist. The idea of race remains a very real and powerful force throughout the world, shaping basic relationships between people in […]
August 8, 2019

Deviance & Conformity

Our first Module was governed by the Structural-functional view which ultimately looks at what keeps society together (solidarity) and what are shared values, norms, beliefs and practices (Culture). While most people go successfully through the process of socialization (society’s way of making us all fit into our cultures), society fails with its socialization process with some people, who will deviate from its norms. Perhaps the most interesting theory related to Deviance, Conformity and Social Control comes from the great sociologist Emile Durkheim (again functionalism!). He argues that, like everything else, even Deviance has a function in society! He also argues […]
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