The Week 1 WSMP meets the following course objectives:
- Apply a sociological perspective to the social world
- Analyze contemporary social issues using the sociological imagination and use sociological theories and concepts to analyze everyday life.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify, locate, and retrieve information related to the topics in the course.
- Develop written communication skills and critical thinking skills.
- Apply American Psychological Association formatting and citation style when completing course assignments.
Weekly Supplemental Material Post
1) Find and post 1 piece of supplemental material (i.e. website, article, book, video, etc – NOT wikipedia) relevant to this week’s readings (see below for more detail).
2) Post a substantive discussion question and comment to at least ONE other student’s supplemental material post, in this thread (by clicking reply)
Supplemental Material post must include:
1) a link or attachment for the supplemental material,
2) an APA formatted citation for the source of the material,
3) a brief description of the material, and
4) a discussion about why it is relevant to the week’s assigned reading – include at least 1 sociological concept (this should include identifying, defining (using the text) and then applying the sociological concept)
Initial discussion postings should be a minimum of 150 words. Each student must also respond to a minimum of 1 fellow students’ postings; each response must be at least 100 words in length.
Responses to the forums should draw on key concepts you have learned during the week’s reading, and to a lesser extent – your personal experience and opinions. I also highly encourage you to incorporate relevant supplemental material (i.e. an article, website, youtube video, etc.) NOTE: Anytime you use someone else’s ideas (i.e. a definition from the text or paraphrasing), you MUST use APA style citations.
this weeks meterial
Chapter 2 of your reading this week focuses on culture – what it is; cultural diversity and relativism; the tensions between social analysis and social reform; and the various theoretical perspectives in sociology: symbolic interactionsim, functional analysis, and conflict theory. This section also explains the differences between the different levels of social analysis – micro and macro.