Violence, War, and Terrorism
In the previous unit we explored the importance of culture. For the student of sociology, the next
question becomes, how do we acquire culture? How is culture passed from one generation to
the next? The answer is socialization
Refers to prejudice and discrimination
against people based on their age.
No distinctions are made between the
wife's and husband's families. Daughters
and sons are treated equally in terms of
is attraction to par
Chapter 1: Thinking about Social Problems
Social problem: a social condition a segment of society believes is harmful to our quality of life &
needs a remedy. Vary between cultures and time.
Structure of a society: institutions (family, education, religio
Chapter 5: Family Problems
Family: a kinship system of all relatives living together or recognized as a social unit
Same sex relationships: debate; access to healthcare/property. 2001, Netherlands, legal
marriage (& first openly gay president). Followed b
Introduction- Sociology of Social Problems
Every day we are exposed to news stories that both shock and fascinate us. For example, the
recent terrorist attacks on the United States have left many Americans with probing questions.
Why is our society the ta
Problems of People, the environment, and Location
Human society has evolved and changed over time. As societies have become more populated
and urbanized, the way that people interact with one another has also changed. For the student
Health Care Issues
Whether they realize it or not, college students are experts on the institution of education. Most
students have spent twelve years in public schools before their arrival on a college campus.
They are aware of the successes and failures
It seems like in human society that issues of gender and sexuality dominate the headlines. This
unit will expose the student to the concepts of gender and sexual orientation. The unit will
explore the components and dimensions of human s
A few years ago the movie Titanic, fascinated movie goers. But the sinking of the Titanic has
fascinated social scientists for a long time. Research has shown that 60% of first class
passengers were saved, 40% of second class passengers, and only
Global issues: industrial societies educate all. Illiteracy: women, 30%; men, 17%. American
value: piece of paper.
Theory Applied: Functionalism: instruction is formal transference of knowledge. Socialization of
culture: language, norms, values,