Week Topic: Thinking like a Sociologist, Examining Our Social World & Culture
In order to complete this week, do the following:
- Post an introduction of yourself in the Eagle Gate Cafe.
- Review the course syllabus.
- Read the week’s objectives.
- Read the week’s lecture.
- Complete the reading assignment.
- Post first discussion post in each discussion board by Wednesday 11:59 p.m.
- Post at least two more times in each discussion board by Sunday 11:59 p.m.
- Complete the lecture response by Wednesday 11:59 p.m.
- Complete the week's quiz.
If you have questions about what you should do post them to the “Questions to the Instructor” discussion thread or email the instructor directly.
Course Learning Objectives:
After completing this module you should be able to:
Think like a sociologist and develop a sociological imagination.
Key Concepts: Distinguish between microsociology and macrosociology
Relate to the origins of sociological theory
Differentiate between functionalism and conflict theory
Describe symbolic interactionism and its use of process
Understand the significance of sociological research in our everyday lives.
Key Concepts: Describe the scientific method and how it is used
Differentiate between the qualitative and quantitative approaches
Describe some major data collection methods
Relate ethical and political dilemmas to sociological research
Understand how culture characterizes a particular group or society.
Key Concepts: Distinguish between material and nonmaterial culture
Determine the building blocks of culture
Differentiate between cultural similarities and variations
Distinguish between cultural persistence and cultural dynamics