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- Syllabus o Post 2 posts on the discussion board Can be a response Due before 9 am Monday and Wednesday Can have two posts on one post o Tests: Know articles main idea and evidence - Synthesis Paper o Good Paper Integrates ideas from readings/weeks Argumentation (it has a point) Organization Coherence (Everything in paper enhances the paper) Careful (Proof read) Completion (Answer all parts of the prompt) ______________________________________________________________________________ - Community o Of place Territory (boundaries) Social Institutions People who interact with one another around the basis of the social institutions o Of interest - Synthesis o Bringing things together; integrating (Combining to create something new) Synthesis Paper: Bringing different idea from readings to create an argument to defend - Questions that sociologists use (to start to complexify) o Why does it look like this? o Question reality o Ask why questions to everything (question everything) - Sociologists o They are social scientist, they need to be impartial and not to judge society. o Personal preference has to be put aside o Hypocrites (no one can be completely impartial) - Double coin thought o Making the familiar strange o Making the stranger familiar - Peter L. Berger o Main Themes Who sociologists are and what they do Looking behind the façade Not taking things for granted To make the familiar strange To complexify Question reality Culture Shock Sociologist can’t escape their laboratory (society) - C. Wright Mills
o Sociological Imagination What has happened in the past and how it shaped the future Individual lives are shaped by history, but history is shaped by individual lives Being confronted by the larger world Help us cope with the larger world (important to remember) Ability to connect historical circumstances with our every day lives o History Self and world o Biography Individual and society o Society shapes individuals and individuals shape society (important to remember) o Default mood is conservative Conservative – comfortable with the past. o Series of traps Discomfort We are afraid of our future - Key questions in Sociology related to community? o How is nature of community changing? o What are the power dynamics within community? o Why are some communities weak and others strong? o Changing nature of rural Does urban, rural and suburban even useful terms anymore) o Social management of natural resources - Community o A place where there are opportunities to live, work, consume (shop) and an economy - Society o Exercise of sovereignty over a territory - Culture o Shared norms, rituals, world views connected through social relations - Identity o The crystallization within an individual of the social and cultural relations in which he or she is involved and which he or she is led to reproduce or reject.

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