Sociology 1020 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Laura Hamilton, Georg Simmel, Canadian Identity

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Exam prep sheet Notes EXAM DATE & TIME: TUES.OCT.25,2016 @ 4:30-6:30 PM
C. Wright Mills
Reading: “The Promise,” from The Sociological Imagination FOUND
Concept: The sociological imagination allows us to be aware of the idea of a social structure
and to use of wisely is to be able to trace links between a vast amount of surroundings. People
who possess a sociological imagination are able to understand historical events in terms of their
Main points: a man doesn't value his social standpoint unless he is able to observe the
standpoint of everyone else in society. This coincides with the sociological imagination because
this said imagination enables one to understand history and biography and join them together
as one to understand the events around the world, including ones own.
Criticisms: This could both be a good way to learn about your circumstance but also a bad one
because a man who needs to see another persons value to value his own is one that does not
understand the history of the world and is otherwise left feeling trapped in his own problems.
Peter Berger
Reading: “Invitation to Sociology” FOUND
main points:
Fiona Ng
Reading: “Tinder Has an In-House Sociologist, and Her Job Is to Figure Out What You Want,”
Los Angeles Magazine
Concepts: Online dating became popular and less frowned upon because as people started to
move around for school and jobs, finding “your person” became a harder ordeal, due to your
loss of connections that came with having friends and family around, which were the main
sources of help for finding “the one”.
Main Points: Working at Tinder, Carbino studies what people really want, which according to the
article, are long-term relationships. Carbon also talks about finding the perfect match and trying
to stray away from being just like casual hookup apps. (Grindr, the gay hookup app)
Criticisms: The central challenge that Tinder still faces would be learning how to lock in a better
match for yourself while using the app. this is very difficult and although online dating apps
overcome the socioeconomic gap between hiring a match maker, a match maker is still 10 times
as effectively and certainly more personalized to what you're looking for in every aspect.
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Yoni Appelbaum
Reading: Why america’s business majors are in desperate need of a liberal-arts education (The
Concept: Two types of thinking have shown to be valuable in the work, both, technical and
cortical thinking. Business majors now need a liberal-arts education for this exact reason since
their workplace environment is ever-changing.
Main Points: Business majors are in desperate need of a liberal-arts education because it allows
them to be able to thoroughly analyze the business decisions they're making by using their
critical thinking and advanced writing skills acquired by having a liberal-arts education. By
combining these two types of educations, the graduate not only improves their economic
success but also strengthens their ability to contributing to a broader society that they would
otherwise not pay much attention to because of the lack of critical thinking skills that would
otherwise not be there, since it is replaced by “Technical/straightforward” way of thinking.
Criticisms: Business majors seem to be graduating with technical and “practical” skills needed
for the workplace they will be in but lack a good writing and critical thinking-skills that will allow
them to adapt smoothly to the forever changing workplace they are about to be surrounded
around. Employers wanna see that these people are able to thoroughly understand the cases
they are being presented (the cultural and historical content behind it).
Carl Straumshein
Reading: Leave it in the bag
Concept: Allowing devices in the classroom hurts academic performance because they mostly
serve as distractions to the student using it and also the student around that individual. A
specific study targeted high grade point average students who are most susceptible to being
distracted by these devices.
Main Points: There has been many studies that show the exact same results that this study
found about students suffering from device-induced distractions in there class room. This study
also showed that the students that took notes by pen and paper scored 25% higher that the
students that used tablets and computers.
Criticisms: The school where this study was conducted differed from many other schools how
have more in common with “regular” colleges. West Point has a different range of students that
are enrolled in the college (students wishing to be Military officers, has gender gap, and tends to
enrol fewer students with minority backgrounds).
Shannon Reed
Reading: The 7 things new college students don't know that drive professors crazy (Washington
Concept: This entire article explores the misconceptions that students enter university with
about the whole work side of it, including views on their professors. A statement summarizing
this article is “you’re not in charge”.
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Main Points: This article explores the idea that in college, you are not uncharge of anything and
that college is totally different playing field in terms of how you conduct yourself. In college, you
are on your own and there are some things that students still assume that certain things that
happened in high school can still be translated to university, which is very, very wrong. Some
things include that fact that in the classroom the way you conduct yourself affects your mark,
failure to follow the rules on how to write something with a guideline in mind can result in a very
poor mark and whether the instructions were implicit or explicit, the professor doesn't care
because it was your job to make sure you understand the instructions given.
Criticisms: This entire article consists of criticisms directed towards students and the false ideas
they have about university. Some being, never complain how busy you are to a professor, make
an extra effort to getting to know your professors, and know that you're not in charge in the
Hunter Rawlings
Reading: College is not a commodity. Stop treating it like one. (Washington Post)
Concept: the media most often portrays college as a commodity. It is treated as a product that
you can purchase and simply walk out with.
Main points: Many students, parents, and families look at college in terms of money and this is
not an incorrect way but misleading way to look at it. Parents and students look at it as a way to
compare other forms of education such as only having a high school degree. this does not help
the student because it leads them to believe that money should be the only motivator when in
fact, they should be focusing solely on the level of education they are receiving with their degree
so that they put all their effort into getting a good grade and being exceptional in comparison to
the other people who will graduate with the same thing. College is a place where potential value
is uncovered in classrooms by students who but their all into their studies and push themselves
to break past any limits that present themselves.
Criticisms: The idea that college is a commodity is very, very false. This leads students in
believing that they don't need to put any effort into their college education, which ultimately
leads to a poor one. Just because you pay for the college doesn't mean that the education will
be handed to you. Without the work needed to do well, the degree will mean nothing if you
comes out of college int average marks.
Roberta Spalter-Roth and Nicole Van Vooren Dan Gardner
Reading: What are they doing with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology? (Data brief on current
Concept: Having a sociology degree doesn't only mean that you will get stuck doing solely
social work. It can open many doors to various opportunities sprouted from the future of many
dimensions of careers.
Main Points: This article targets 5 individuals what they got out of their sociology degrees. It
shows that having a sociology can lead to having a diverse set of opportunities for careers. This
article also shows that careers most often are ever-changing and have various strands to it
therefore cause you to move into different positions very often, even if you have a preconceived
idea of what job you would like to have in the future.(especially after graduating college)
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