Sociology Exam Prep Outline of Course 11/28/2012 11:38:00 AM
You are responsible for:
Some of what is covered in lecture is NOT in the readings and vise versa
Sociological Imagination and Sociological Theories:
Chapter 1 NS; chapter 1,3,7 SIQ, 1 Becker
Concept of sociological imagination
C.Wright Mills (1959)
Individual experiences connected to a social context
Main Sociological Paradigms
1. Structural Functionalism
2. Conflict Theory
3. Symbolic Interactionalism
Micro level interactions
4. Feminist Theory
Gender based inequalities
Theories Know: How does each theory explain society? What are the criticisms of
each theory? Application to: Olympics, funerals, songs etc…
Research methods and ethics
Chapter 20 Ns; Ch 6 SIQ; Chapter 2 and Ch 3 Becker
Surveys (self administered questionnaires interviews)
Observatory Studies (Participant Observation, Ethnography)
Secondary Data Analysis (documentary analysis, historical sociology and use of
Research Methods: What are the strengths and limitations of each method?
Qualitative vs. Quantitative methods, Cross sectional and longitudinal
Ethics approval process
What ethical issues are raised by: Zimbardo, Milgram study, Laud Humphrey study
of tearoom trade(Lect), The Tuskegee Shyphisis(Lect)
- One of the key limitations of observation studies is Generalizability.
Chapter 2 NS; Chapter 10 SIQ Chapter 4 Becker
What is culture? What are cultural universals?
Ethnocentric vs. Cultural Relativism Contemporary culture defined by process of Globalization, Postmodernism and
Consumerism. Key features of each?
What is meant by the term the “commercialization of childhood”?
What was Pierre Bourdieu’s theory? (economic capital converted into social and
Why is social and cultural capital important?
What are the culture wars?
Q: The concept of “social capital emphasizes the link between networks and
connections and economic revenues.
Chapter 3 NS; ch 4 and 5 SIQ; Ch 5 Becker
What is the nature vs. nurture debate?
What is the relevance of research on feral children, neglected children and twin
studies for this debate?
Agents of socialization? Define? Types: Primary, Secondary, Gender, Resocialization
- Charles Cooley “looking glass self”
- George Herbery Mead: Taking the role of the other (1. Imitative stage 2. Play