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Mahomet-Seymour Schools

Curriculum

Social Studies - Sociology

 

Introduction to Sociology

 

The learner will be able to understand and define sociology as a social science.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the uses and purposes of the study of Sociology.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the use and application of the scientific method in social science generally and sociology in particular.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze and recount the historical context of the development of the discipline of sociology.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the perspectives of sociology and the macro and micro levels of focus.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to distinguish between the different methods of sociological research.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the basic principles of statistical analysis utilized in sociological research.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to select a research topic and perform the steps of designing a research instrument, gathering and interpreting data, and organizing a written project summary as well as making an oral presentation summarizing the project.

 

  

 

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Culture, Society, and Social Structure

 

The learner will be able to explain the sociological meaning of the concept of culture.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to be aware of the evolution of culture to its present form.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the functionalist, conflict, and ecological approach to analyzing culture.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to distinguish between cultures, subcultures, and countercultures.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the components of culture.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the core values of American cultures presented in the work of several major sociologists.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss role strain, role conflict, and their sources.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to analyze social groupings in terms of their degree of structure, intimacy, and their origins in social inequality and human diversity.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss different types of societies that have existed throughout history in respect to their modes of subsistence and their communal or associational qualities.

 

  

 

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Social Interaction

 

The learner will be able to explain what is meant by social interaction.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to list the characteristics of symbolic interactionism and note the contributions of the important theorists of this perspective.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to distinguish between symbolic interactionism, dramaturgy, and ethno methodology and be able to explain some of the characteristics of each.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand nonverbal communication and its various components.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify other forms of social interaction that are of interest to sociologists: exchange, cooperation, conflict, competition, and coercion.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand the characteristics of social networks.

 

  

 

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Socialization

 

The learner will be able to explain the importance of biological and cultural factors in the socialization process.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to be aware of the research analyzing the biological and emotional needs of the human infant.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain and distinguish between the various theories of personality development that have been created by Goleman, Cooley, Mead, Freud, Erickson, and Piaget.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to distinguish between the various approaches to child-raising used by American parents.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the major elements of socialization.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the socialization process after childhood, including adolescence, adulthood, middle age, and old age through death.

 

  

 

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Family

 

The learner will be able to articulate the various functions performed by the family for both individuals and society.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the conflict and feminist perspectives on the family and indicate how they differ from the functionalist view.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to define what a family is and explore the various kinship concepts that are used by sociologists and anthropologists who are concerned with family structure.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the American system of mate selection and the role of romantic love in our society.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the variations of marital forms in the United States and around the world, and explain some of the factors explaining the divorce trend in this country.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain the changes which have taken place in the American family system as a result of divorces, remarriages, the extended life span and recognize the significant effects that the entry of women into the workforce has had on both the family and society.

 

  

 

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