Question 1: Discuss the Davis-Moore thesis. Specifically, discuss why social stratification is a
universal concept that is found in every society in the world. Also discuss several criticisms of
the Davis-Moore thesis.
The Davis-Moore thesis states that t
Do you feel that the clips and/or documentaries you just watched are painting too bleak a
picture of the US public education system?
Yes, I do believe that the clips and/or documentaries I have watched have painted a
bleak picture of the United States pub
* Sociological Perspective: a form of critical thinking that challenges commonly held
assumptions and challenges the status quo. E.g., Why are things the way that they are? How
does the status quo perpetuate inequality in society?
1. Define culture and culture shock
2. Identify the major components of culture
3. Discuss the importance of culture in our everyday lives
4. Explain the roles of norms and values in culture
5. Explain the role of language in the transmission
Social Interaction In Everyday Life
- Micro sociologists examine the process by which people act and react in relation to others
are interested in the symbols, verbal and non-verbal communication, and norms and values
that people use in their e
Socialization PART 1
Socialization: the lifelong process through which humans learn the ways of society
-The ways of society refers to the existing norms, values, ideologies, and traditions in a
-Sociologists argue that socialization is basic to h
What do you think of the argument that race is a "social construction"? Do you believe
that "race" is a cultural or political concept, a biological concept, or perhaps both?
I think the argument of race being a social construction is quite interesting. It
Have a look at the 'Whopper Virgins' commercial/documentary. What does this commercial (disguised
as a documentary) say about culture, culture shock, norms and values, and ethnocentrism?
I believe that after watching 'Whopper Virgins' commercial/
Do you feel that the costs of the beauty myth for women are more severe or
different than those for men and why?
Yes, I still feel that the costs of the beauty myth for women are more severe or different than
those for men because women want to be seen by
Do you agree with Clarks view on teen sexuality in the media? How do mass media convey
ideas about male and female sexuality?
Yes, I do agree with Clarks view on teen sexuality in the media. Clark made some very
interesting points across in both videos se
Of the two approaches discussed (Epsteins nurture and Goldbergs nature argument), which do you
feel explains best why globally women are much more economically, culturally, and political
disadvantaged compared to men?
I feel that both Epsteins nurture and
Explain why social stratification is a creation of society and not just a reflection of individual
I believe that social stratification is a creation of society because everyone who takes
part in a job has a decision to which job they want to
Do you feel that concerns about the negative socializing influence of videogames, film, pop
music, television or the Internet are justified? Why or why not?
Im not quite sure what this question means by negative socializing, but I do believe that the
What does this clip say about nature, nurture and stereotypes? Does this clip support John
Dovidios argument? Why or why not?
I believe that this clip supports Dovidios argument because it shows that it is in our
human nature to judge or categorize people
What does the controversy regarding Caster Semenyas sex tell us about the importance of sex
and gender in society?
I believe that the controversy regarding Caster Semenyas sex tells us a lot about the
importance of sex and especially gender in society. Th
Why do you think it is that many drugs that once were legal have become illegal in the 20 th
I believe that the many drugs that once were legal have become illegal in the 20 th century
because the government wants people to face reality. If drugs
In Chapter 4, we talked about the 'presentation of self' and 'impression management' and how we
'perform' in our daily lives. For 4% extra credit, watch the documentary/film 'Catfish' (2010) and write a
half-a-page reflection on how this documentary/film