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Themes of Sociology:

1. Cultural Diversity
2. Cultural Conformity and Adaptation
3. Social Structure
4. Adolescence
5. Adulthood
6. Racial and Ethnic Relations
7. Gender, Age, and Health
8. The Family
9. Education and Religion
10. Death and Dying

Objectives for this course that will be addressed by the 10 themes listed above:

1. Define Sociology.

2. Trace the historical development of sociology, including the work of the classical theorists.

3. Identify the main theoretical perspectives in sociology and apply those to the understanding of social situations.

4. Analyze society in terms of its five basic social institutions: family, economic system, education, political system, and religion.

5. Explain cultural (ideological) and structural (social organizational) influences on human belief and behavior.

6. Identify and use the scientific method of sociologists.

7. Relate sociology to the social and natural sciences.

8. Define culture and its elements: values, norms, beliefs, symbols, physical artifacts, sanctions, and institutions.

9. Compare and contrast cultures of the world.

10. Analyze subcultures within a society. For example gangs, gothics, skinheads, etc

11. Identify, describe, and analyze ethnocentrism.

12. Analyze the source of social order and the process of deviation from the norm.

13. Identify factors of the socialization process. For example-the family, the educational system, peers,etc

14. Explain systems of inequality and analyze how they have developed around social constructs such as gender, race, ethnicity, and age.

15. Examine the factors involved in population and population change: births, deaths, and migration.

16. Describe the impact of urbanization and industrialization on life changes and lifestyles.

17. Evaluate the impact of the media on public opinion.

18. Describe the processes of collective behavior, including rumors, fads, crazes, panics, and protest movements and their impact on society.

19. Distinguish the types of groups- Primary, secondary, tertiary- and explain their effect on behavior.

20. Describe the impact of the family on society and the impact of society and change on the family.

21. Identify and analyze current social problems from the viewpoints of the conflicting groups.

22. Analyze race and ethnic relations, civil rights, and protest movements.

23. Examine the aging of populations around the world and the effects of the rising median age (geriatrics).

24. Identify the causes and nature of criminal behavior.

25. Discuss the impact of poverty on society.

26. Discuss the nature and consequences of domestic violence.

27. Analyze health as a social institution in relationship to other major institutions of society.

28. Identify factors of the socilazation process. For example; the family, education system, peer groups, etc.

* All of the objectives listed come directly from the Richmond County Board of Education Social Studies Quality Core Curriculum guide.

Focus on the themes and they will take care of the objectives.

Grades Rotating

Here is a list of the movies that will be used during this class to help you understand the "Themes of Sociology". The movies are a compliment to the discussions that we will have about each objective in class.
As your teacher I know that if I can get a mental picture in your mind using the movies and attach it as an example to the objectives, you will remember it forever. This is called a pneumonic device.

Animal Farm - Objective Numbers = 4,5,8,9,10,11,12,14,17,19,22,26

The Wave - Objective Numbers = 4,5,8,9,10,11,12,14,17,19,22,26

The Sneetches - Objective Numbers = 4,5,8,9,10,11,12,14,17,19,22,26

The Zax - Objective Numbers = 4,5,8,9,10,11,12,14,17,19,22,26

Pay It Forward - Objective Numbers = 4,5,8,9,10,11,12,14,17,19,22,26

Awakenings - Objective Numbers = 4,5,8,9,10,11,12,14,17,19,22,26

Alive - Objective Numbers = 4,5,8,9,10,11,12,14,17,19,22,26

Schindler's List - Objective Numbers = 4,5,8,9,10,11,12,14,17,19,22,26

Dead Poet's Society - Objective Numbers = 14 & 21

Tarzan - Objective Numbers = 14 & 21

On Golden Pond - Objective Numbers = 14 & 21

Let That Be Your Last Battlefield - Objective Numebrs = 14 & 23

Green Eggs & Ham - Objective Numbers = 14 & 23

Finding Forrester - Objective Numbers = 14 & 23

Patch Adams - Objective Numebrs = 14,16,24,28

The Doctor - Objective Numebrs = 14,16,24,28

The Karen Carpenter Story - Objective Numbers = 13,21,27

Amistad - Objective Numbers = 13,21,27

Tuesday's with Maurie - Objective Numebrs = 16 & 24

Seperate But Equal - Objective Numbers = 13


Student Name: _______________________________

Period: _____________ Date:_______________________

1. Movie Title: ___________________________________

2. Describe the content of the film (what, when, where):

3. Identify 3 of the main characters in the film, characterize their attitudes, and explain why you evaluate them in that way.



4. Identify 3 of the main ideas and messages (sociological themes) in this film.



5. How could you apply the above listed messages to your everyday life. Give 3 specific examples.



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