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Sociology 2e Course Outline
What questions does sociological research answer?
- How is the scientific method used in sociological research?
- What are the four major types of sociological research methods?
- Why do ethical standards exist?
How is the relationship between culture and sociology defined?
- What is culture?
- How do values and beliefs differ from norms?
- Why are pop culture and different subcultures significant to cultural change?
- What are the major theoretical approaches to cultural interpretation?
How does social interaction influence our everyday lives?
- What are the differences between preindustrial, industrial, and postindustrial societies?
- How do different types of theoretical perspectives view society?
- Why is reality built on social constructions?
Why is socialization important?
- What are the differences between psychological and sociological theories of self-development?
- Why does socialization matter?
- What are the different agents of socialization?
- When and how does socialization and resocialization occur?
What roles do groups and organization play in society?
- What is the purpose of primary and secondary sociological groups?
- How is conformity impacted by groups?
- Why are formal organizations so influential in societies?
How are deviance, crime handled with social controls?
- What is the nature of deviant behavior?
- How do different theoretical perspectives view deviance?
- How are types of crime differentiated?
What impact does media and technology have on society?
- What does the evolution of technology look like?
- How have the roles of different media changed over time?
- How do media and technology impact society on a global level?
- How are media and technology analyzed through various sociological perspectives?
How is the United States Impacted by social stratification?
- What is social stratification?
- How are different social classes defined and identified in the U.S.?
- How does global stratification identify inequalities?
- How are different theoretical perspectives applied to social stratification?
Why does global inequality exist?
- How do global classification systems develop?
- What is the difference between relative, absolute, and subjective poverty?
- How do modernization and dependency theorists view global stratification?
How doe race and ethnicity affect society?
- What is the difference between race and ethnicity?
- How do stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination affect people?
- What are the major sociological perspectives on race and ethnicity?
- Why are intergroup relationships important?
- How are the experiences of various ethnic groups in the U.S. differ?
What are the differences between gender, sex, and sexuality?
- How are sex and gender differentiated?
- What is the influence of socialization on gender roles?
- Do people view sex and sexuality differently?
What impact do the aging and elderly have on society?
- Who are the elderly?
- What does the process of aging look like?
- What challenges face the elderly?
- How is aging viewed through different sociological theoretical perspectives?
In what ways are marriage and family defined?
- How has society’s views on marriage and family changed overtime?
- What are the different types of family?
- Do the challenges faced within families affect individuals on a large social level?
Why do sociologists study religion?
- What is the sociological approach to religion?
- How are the major world religions different?
- How is religion used as an agent of social change in the U.S.?
What is the value of education?
- How is education administered around the world?
- What are the theoretical perspectives on education?
- Why have there been so many issues in education throughout time?
How do governments and politics shape society?
- How are the concepts of power and authority different?
- What are the differences between common forms of government?
- Why are voters so important to the political system in the United States?
- How do different theoretical perspectives view government and power?
What roles do work and the economy play in society?
- What are the different types of major economic systems?
- How does globalization affect economies around the world?
- Why has an increase of women and immigrants workers changed the modern U.S. workforce?
How is health addressed on a societal level?
- How is health viewed as a social construction?
- What does healthcare look like around the world?
- How is health viewed and addressed in the United States?
- What are the differences between U.S. healthcare and healthcare in other countries?
- What are the theoretical perspectives on health and medicine?
How can an increasing global population balance environmental concerns?
- What elements determine the demographic makeup of a population?
- How has urbanization affected populations worldwide?
- Why does society impact the environment?
What factors typically inspire social movements and social change?
- What are different forms of collective behavior?
- How do social movements create change?
- Why is social change important to successful societies?
Introduction to Sociology 2e adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical, one-semester introductory sociology course. It offers comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories. The textbook presents section reviews with rich questions, discussions that help students apply their knowledge, and features that draw learners into the discipline in meaningful ways. The second edition has been updated significantly to reflect the latest research and current, relevant examples.ts.
About the authors:
Nathan Keirns, Zane State College
Eric Strayer, Hartnell College
Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Georgia Perimeter College
Gail Scaramuzzo, Lackawanna College
Tommy Sadler, Union University
Sally Vyain, Ivy Tech Community College
Jeff Bry, Minnesota State Community and Technical College at Moorhead
Faye Jones, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College