In this lesson, students analyze a celebrity in order to understand how dominant American values are reflected in, and reinforced by, the mainstream media.
This classroom simulation uses rounds of flipping coins to explain how social structures can limit individual outcomes, yet produce unequal outcomes that students may attribute to individual effort.
Lesson plan to guide students through an archeological dig in order to understand the influence of culture on the form that social institutions take in different societies.
This activity identifies major technological changes and their influence on society and shows how everyday behavior is linked to macro-level social change.
The exercise uses relatively simple cultural elements, both material and non-material, toform two artificial cultures that both oppose and complement each other. In their earnest efforts to interact with the other "game" culture, students learn that cultural differences exist, that they must try to discern the cultural patterns of the other in order to achieve a successful interaction, and that negative reactions resulting from minor cultural infractions can exacerbate interaction difficulties in ways that are difficult to overcome.
This exercise involves accessing the latest U.S. Census data to learn more about an individual's home community. Learning Goals: To understand the data-based nature of sociological investigations; To become familiar with a major source of data about people in the United States; To learn one way of using the world wide web to access data.
This exercise asks students to locate abstracts to papers containing original research, using a database of scholarly abstracts. Students can either search on an assigned topic or on one of their own choosing. Since not all abstracts are to papers with original research, students need to learn how to distinguish such papers from ones without original research.