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Lecture 1: The Sociological Imagination
Assignment 1: Autobiography. Write an autobiography using the Sociological Imagination. You should focus on those factors that are of interest to sociology. Namely, analyze how external social forces like culture, institutions, economics, religion, etc, shaped who you are. Look at how larger historical forces such as technological advances and political movements changed opportunities for you. Has geography, nation, state, community, influenced you? What are some factors in your personal life that can be generalized to the larger population?
Lecture 2: The Functionalist Perspective
Lecture 3: Socialization and Human Nature
Lecture 4: The Conflict Perspective
Assignment 2: Find a contemporary news article. Summarize the article. Then analyze the article from a Functionalist Perspective. Analyze the article from a Conflict Perspective. Finally compare and contrast the approaches of the Functionalist and Conflict Perspectives as they relate to your article. You can complete this assignment using the linked form. Click Here.
Lecture 5: Social Stratification
Lecture 6: Inequality
Lecture 7: The Interactionist Perspective
Lecture 8: Culture
Lecture 9: Deviance
Lecture 10: Social Construction of Reality
Lecture 11: Intimacy, Sexuality and Marriage
Lecture 12: Power and Government
Lecture 13: Meeting Social Needs
Lecture 14: Modernims and Postmodernism
Lecture 15: Social Movements and Social Change
For Principles of Sociology: You can find the notes for Do You have an Essential Nature? and Socialization on the class page. Remember, Principels 107 is divided into two classes, so the one lecture covers both classes.