Course Map for

Sociology I (1st semester)

Sociology II (2nd semester)

Leesa Lloyd

Updated May 2010




Learning Activities




The Foundations of Society




Students will study and analyze American Culture

Chpt. 3 Culture as well as others from the sociological perspective. 

Students will learn the symbols of culture, diversity, multiculturalism as well as Global Culture. 

Understanding the various theories of cultural analysis.

Chpt. 4 Society  Comparing the different societies through the centuries and decades.  Discussing society and conflict, Karl Marx.  Capitalism, class conflict, alienation and revolution

Each student brings a Culture Bag with 5 items which describes their personal culture.

Culture Poster Each student makes a poster showing American Culture and another Culture;

Class discussion.

Reading in small groups and relaying the information to the rest of the class.

Individual reading at home.

Researching other cultures to compare with our own.


Students break up into groups and each read about the different societies:

They create a poster indicating the characteristics of each society.  They then do a presentation to the class about their society.


The class will have a discussion about the differences and similarities of the different societies. Identify how technology has changed everyday life.

Students receive points for bringing bag and sharing with the class.

Students receive 50 points for the poster and 50 points for presenting to the class.

Quizzes on assigned reading  Tests on key concepts of the chapter.

Points will be given for writing assignments done in class.


A chapter test will be given on the society chapter.


The posters made for the society presentations will be graded and given up to 100 points.



Chpt. 5 Socialization

Learning the theories of:

Sigmund Freud

Jean Piaget

Lawrence Kohlberg

Erik Erikson

Compare the differences in the opinions of  these men about human development.


Chpt. 6 Social Interaction in Everyday Life



Presentation of Self

Social Guide to everyday living

Students will make a chart comparing the development of people through different ages of the socialization process.  They will use the theories of the leading psychologist who made the greatest contributions in understanding human personality and development.


Students will write down how they think they present themselves, and how others see them.

They will draw a picture with them in the middle and from that list every role they play: sister, peer, friend etc.

Students will be grades on chapter outlines, quizzes and tests on the Socialization chapter.


Points will be given for the written assignment on self, and the picture displaying all the roles they play in society.  They will analyze how and where they fit in society.


 Chpt. 8 Deviance

Social Control

What is deviance?

Biological Context

Personality Factors

Social Conflict

Social Diversity

Criminal Justice System


Chpt. 14 Race And Ethnicity



Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.


Chpt. 19 Religion

We learn about the different religions of the world and the place religion has held in different societies as well as the U.S.

Religion and Social Change

Types of Religious Organizations

Religion in History

Religion in the U.S.

World Religions

Religion in the 21st Century

Class Discussion about what we deem to be deviant behavior in our culture.  Why does a society need deviant behavior.  Students will also get into small groups to list the different behaviors.


Students will have the opportunity to share their opinions on the topic of execution compared to life imprisonment.

Death Penalty and Capitol Punishment

Serial Killers

Anti social personality disorder


In pairs students will read hand outs of the major religions of the world.  They will then present to the class for 5 minutes telling us the basic beliefs and practices of the religions. 

Religion Bingo  Students are asked questions if they know the answers they get to cover the space on their card.  This is an extra credit activity.


Students will select a culture and make a poster depicting what is unique to their culture.

Test on chapter material plus fill in the blank test on death penalty issues and selected serial killers personalities.


Extra credit report may be done on a topic related to the criminal justice system.

Extra credit test review.  For each correct answer the student gets and extra credit point.

Test on the chapter 8

Test on Chapter 14

Both tests are multiple choice and have 45 question which make the test worth 90 points.


Chpt. 13 Gender Stratification

Gender and Inequality

Male and Female Difference

Chpt. 20 Education

Schooling and Economic Development

Schooling in different countries around the world compared with the U.S.

Function of schooling

Social Integration

Social Placement

Schooling and social equality

Standardized Testing

School Tracking

Chpt. 18 Family

Basic Concepts


Function of the Family

Stages of Family Life

US Families

Transitions and Problems in Family Life

Through class discussion compare and contrast difference between masculine and feminine traits.

Make a list of what our society deems masculine behavior and feminine behavior.



Class discussion about our education system in the United States.  In small groups make lists of things that work well and things that need improvement in our own school. 

Learning Styles test given to each student to see their individual style.  Compare this with how most of their teachers have taught through their years of school.


In Pairs students create their own set of rules and graduation requirements that they feel would work better than our current system.



Family Chapter

Students will identify functions and traditions of their families. 

















Quizzes on designated pages.  Test review given to whole class together.


Multiple Choice test on the chapter as well as other notes given on other religions.






Tests on each chapter.


Chpt. 21 Health and Medicine

What is Health?

Health in the U.S.

The Medical Establishment

Theoretical Analysis of Health


Chpt. 7 Groups and Organization


Social Groups

Formal Groups

The Future of Organizations



Comprehensive Final 150 questions on all previous tests given at the end of the first semester.







Chpt. 10 Social Stratification

Caste and Class Systems

Functions of Social Stratification


Chpt. 12 Global Stratification

Wealth and Poverty

Theoretical Analysis

Poverty and Women

Poverty and Children





Social Class in U.S. Chpt. 11

Dimensions of Social inequality

Social Classes


Aging and the Elderly  Chpt. 15


The Graying of the US

Birth Rate/Life Expectancy

Growing Old

Transitions and Challenges of Aging




The Economy and Work Chpt. 16


Historical Overview

Work in postindustrial economy


Economy in the 21st century




Politics and Government Chpt. 17

Power and Authority

Politics in Global Perspective

Politics in the US

Analysis of Power in Society

War and Peace


Social Change Chpt. 24

What is it?

Causes of social Change




Comprehensive Final Exam on all tests given during the semester.  200 multiple choice questions.








Discuss current Utah Legislative Issues regarding Mandatory Arbitration and Parental Rights in regards to health care for their children.


Students must select a health care issue, do research and present to the class their information and opinion on the topic.

Compare our health system with Socialized medicine in other countries.


Each student will write down all the groups they belong to small and large.

In pairs they will research either a large or small group in the US and present to the class  their information.

Each student will draw a picture of themselves and from that write in all the different roles they play in society.


Compare class systems with other countries.

Each student will read about different theories and share with their group.



What is our current welfare system in our country and state.  What is working what is not.

Correlation of global poverty


Make a chart of the difference between the upper class, middle class and lower class in the US.

Social mobility

Social Stratification at Birth


Student will write a paper about the oldest person they know.  What their relationship to them is, what they admire in them.


Identify big corporation in our country.  What makes it a big corporation. 

How has technology changed the work force and our culture overall.



Discuss current political climate in Utah

Identify who is running for Governor.

What are the main Issues in Utah

Class discussion on why so much apathy exists with young people not wanting to be part of the political process.


Examine Demographic Trends

Examine various ideas



Students will identify changes in society that have occurred during their life time.






























Chapter 21 test.

Quiz on selected reading.



Test and quiz on chpt. 7












Students will memorize the key concepts of the chapter and be grades on them.

Quizzes and written test on the chapter.


Assignments must be turned in with vocabulary words and key concepts from each chapter.


Written tests are all multiple choice.


Exam on the chapter.

Hand in vocabulary words and key concept definitions for credit

Quiz on 5 of the pages of the chapter.


Key Concepts



Written Test