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Debating Nature vs. Nuture

Nature vs. Nurture has been an ongoing debate in the social sciences. - Describe what is meant by "Blank Slate." - How is culture imprinted upon children? - Within this line of thought, how is gender learned? - Which perspective (functionalist, conflict, or interaction) can be used to explain socialization?

Latin American communities and the United States

Symbolic Interaction helps us grasp how people create and interpret the experiences of their social lives. This applies to racial and ethnic groups also in that they are not simply passive in their interactions with other groups in a society, but are rather creatively responsive to their circumstances. With this in mind discusse

Relationship Development

1) Think about the progression of relationships in your life. How is your communication different when you first meet a stranger, when you get to know the person and find something in common, and when you get to be good friends? 2) Does it change significantly if you establish an intimate relationship with that person? 3

Stereotypes or Person Prototypes

Describe in detail each prototype, including appearance and personality characteristics. 1). Describe in detail High School Students who are (Nerds/Smart students) their appearance and personality characteristics. 2). Describe in detail High School Students who are (Popular /Cool Kids) their appearance and personality charac

Presentation of Self

In your solution, please discuss the following: Define and discuss the concept of 'presentation of self'. Describe how it applies and is related to the social group that the individual tends to associate with. Additionally, discuss the impact that group influence has on presentation of self. Use examples to illustrate you

Socialization: communication and classification

Aristotle's Classification Scheme 1). A speaker such as Barack Obama, what is it about this speaker that makes his communication memorable? 2). Using Aristotle's classification scheme, decide whether you believe this speaker's power to persuade comes from ethos, pathos, logos, or from a combination of these methods. 3). Ex

The Amish Culture

Can you please help me get an understanding of the Amish culture? Identify the key characteristics of the Amish culture and why the Amish are called a "peculiar" people.

The three major theoretical perspectives in sociology

1). Briefly, compare the differences (in your own words if you like) among the three major theoretical perspectives in sociology (structural-functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism). 2). Give three examples, each of a social work issue from the three theoretical perspectives, used in sociology. Structur

Cultural Point of View

Select a multinational corporation or international nonprofit agency that has encoutered trying to expand globally but was not successful do to cultural differences between workers and customers in other countries. Find ways to avoid these issues. Generate and evaluate reasons why people may not appreciate the cultural point of

Socialization and the Life Course: Poverty

Connecting Sociological Theory and Social Issues Choose a topic or issue of sociological significance. Explain how each of the three major sociological theories--the functionalist, conflict, and interactionist perspectives--would approach or evaluate your topic.

Fast Food and American Society

George Ritzer has written extensively on the McDonaldization of society. According to Schaefer, this concept refers to the "enormous influence of a well-known fast-food organization on modern-day culture and social life." Among some of the characteristics of fast food restaurants are a highly specialized division of labor, a hie

Sociological Imagination and Social Phenomena

Schaefer defines the sociological imagination as "an awareness of the relationship between an individual in the wider society, both today and in the past". Let's begin our discussion this week by considering a particular scenario. You are walking down a street in your city or town and observe that more than half the people you s

What is the social construction of reality?

When sociologists speak about the "social construction of reality," what do they mean? And why is it an important concept to take into account when attempting to understand and explain human social behavior? Specifically, explain and discuss W.I. Thomas' statement: if men define a situation as real, it is real in its conseque

Social Stratification: Greater Social Structure of the Community

STEP one Describe the importance of your organization to the community in which it resides; that is, identify ways the organization is important to its community (e.g. major employer, adds to tax base, produces goods important to community, etc.) Does the organization contribute to the community in any other way that might be

Gender Socialization

Based on your understanding of the theory and research on gender socialization, what suggestions would you offer to parents and teachers who want to socialize children into more androgynous and flexible gender roles? Demonstrate how your suggestions counter the negative gendered impact of agents of socialization.

Albert Bandura

Albert Bandura's Social-cognitive learning theory is seen as an aplication and refinement of the classical learning theory that dominated psychology. Bandura drew attention to oberservation learning (vicarious learning). Can you help me describe how "vicarious learning" occurs? Also,, help me understand what are some of th

Overview of the concept of ethnocentrism

Select a movie or TV show that effectively communicates the cultural, values and norms of a society that is different from your own culture. Ideally, this movie or TV show would be a foreign film with subtitles. The movie or TV show you select should provide you with a glimpse of what life is like in another culture. The process

Communication - group dynamics

What are potential points of conflict within each stage of the group process? What methods of conflict resolution work best at the various stages?

Multicultural society

This solution articulates the advantages of a multicultural society and labor force. Use the following questions to guide your writing: How has U.S. society used each group's culture to construct the group identity? How has each group been stereotyped? How accurate are these stereotypes? How does the social concept of race

education as a social institution

Education is a major social institution and agent of socialization. Using the sociological concepts theories presented in this weekâ??s reading, analyze the hypothesis that education performs important functions for the stability of society. What functions does education serve? Which function is most important, and why?

Communication: group dynamics

When making complex decisions, such as how to design a new advertising campaign, what are some of the steps of the decision-making process? Which steps should involve group input? Which decisions are best made by individuals?

Leadership in Group Dynamics

In a group environment, do you feel that the best leaders are designated at the beginning of a task, or should leadership emerge during the tasks completion? Explain the positives and negatives of each approach.

Effective Group Communication

What effective group communication? Can it occur in both competitive and cooperative groups? Explain and defend your answer.

Group Dynamic Discussion

What kinds of behaviors increase trust in interpersonal relationships? What kinds of behaviors decrease trust? Use examples to illustrate your response.