SOC 102 Principles Of Sociology

SOC 102 Principles Of Sociology


SOC 102 Topic 1 Discussion 1

In Our social world: An introduction to sociology, look up the definition of Sociology. Write at least four keywords that correspond best to the definition of Sociology. Explain the goal of Sociology. Share with the class why you want to study Sociology?

SOC 102 Topic 1 Discussion 2

Define the term “sociological imagination” in your own words. Give an example of how you’d use the Sociological Imagination to address a current societal issue, such as racial conflict and law enforcement, or school finance. If you employ Sociological Imagination, what is your perspective on the issue?


SOC 102 Topic 2 Discussion 1

Compare and contrast material and nonmaterial culture. Provide examples of both from your life.

SOC 102 Topic 2 Discussion 2

Are we socialized prisoners – yes or no? If you say yes, how do you account for the fact that we believe we have options and free will? If you reply no, how do you explain the reality that we adhere to society’s expectations in practically every way? (We dress up, drive on the correct side of the road, go to college, and don’t go around stealing things, killing people, or breaching the majority of society’s laws.) Discuss this question with a friend, then write your response along with how your buddy’s viewpoint differed from yours.


SOC 102 Topic 3 Discussion 1

Using the three major sociological theories, explain each theoretical perspective on deviance. Then compare and contrast the role deviance plays in society according to the theories. Use Figure 5.1 in Our social world: An introduction to sociology as an aid to answer this DQ.

SOC 102 Topic 3 Discussion 2

Merton believed that deviance was the result of tension between the cultural goals or aspirations held out to the larger society, and the approved means of attaining those goals. Do you agree or disagree with this theoretical perspective?  Provide examples to back up your statement.


SOC 102 Topic 4 Discussion 1

Provide two examples of statuses and roles you inhabit. Explain what statuses and roles produce for the social person, and thus, for you.

SOC 102 Topic 4 Discussion 2

Select three societal tasks from Chart 6-1 in Our Social World: An Introduction to Sociology – Chapter 6, and explain how the related social institution performs the societal task. Can an argument be made as to the most important task? Share your thoughts with the class.


SOC 102 Topic 5 Discussion 1

Compare and contrast Davis and Moore’s functionalist perspective of social stratification with Mosca’s conflict perspective of social stratification. After your comparison, indicate which theory you agree with and why?

SOC 102 Topic 5 Discussion 2

Find an example of issues relating to two of the three organizational principles of stratification in the United States by conducting research (class, race, and gender). How are people classified according to the two principles you chose? Give credit to the sources you used. The income disparity between men and women is an example of a gender-related issue.


SOC 102 Topic 6 Discussion 1

Name four social negatives and four social positives concerning gentrification. If you or someone you know have experienced gentrification, share their experience and what was the effect of gentrification.

SOC 102 Topic 6 Discussion 2

Explain the difference between Modernization Theory, Dependency Theory, and World Systems Theory. Then select the theory that best explains social change and why.

SOC 102 Principles Of Sociology 

SOC 102 Topic 7 Discussion 1

In their analyses of the family, how do structural-functionalists, feminists, and symbolic interactionists differ? Give your opinion on which point of view provides the most comprehensive understanding of the family.

SOC 102 Topic 7 Discussion 2:

Go to and find the video on the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth. What type of authority is demonstrated by the video? What type of authority does our President have? Which authority would you rather live under, traditional or rational-legal, and why?


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