CheckPoint: Social Change and Modernization
? Resource: Ch. 16 in the text
? Due Date: Day 4 [post to the Individual forum]
? Compose a 200- to 300-word response to the following:
o Define social change. What are the key features of social change? Give four
examples of social movements, current or past, and describe the key features of
o Define modernization. What are the key features of modernization? Give four
examples of modernization and describe the key features in each example.
3. Assignment: Future of Modernization Paper
? Resource: Ch. 16 in Society: The Basics; and the Online Library
? Due Date: Day 7 [post to the Individual forum]
? Write a 1,050- to 1,750-word paper addressing the following questions:
o How does modernization manifest itself in U.S. society? Use one of the modern
theorists introduced in Ch. 16 as a basis for your response.
o Is modernization likely to continue in the U.S.? Explain your answer.
o Is modernization a world-wide trend?
o What are the consequences of modernization?
o Which theorist best reflects your perceptions of modernization?
? Research the Online Library for information to support your answers. Try search terms
such as "modernization trends" or "consequences of modernization."
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? Format the paper according to APA style. Cite 3 to 5 sources; at least two should come
from the Online Library. You can also refer to the Recommended Web Sites list in the
Electronic Resources section at the beginning of this syllabus for additional sources.
Note: Sources other than those from the Online Library or the Recommended Web Sites
list need to be approved by the instructor. Submit the paper as an attachment.
I understand how this assignment could easily frustrate you. It seems complicated and demanding you to exhibit a certain understanding of social change as a social mechanism and phenomenon and how it relates to modernization. I will ...