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Unit 1 Discussion and Assessment Unit 1 Discussion
  1. Explain how each of the three major theoretical paradigms discussed in this section (structural functionalism, symbolic interactionism, and conflict theory) might be used in looking at the issue of inequality and share some examples.
  2. Using the sociological imagination, how might one ...
Unit 2 Discussion and Assessment Unit 2 Discussion
  1. What is the difference between culture and society? Please provide some examples.
  2. Discuss the roles nature and nurture play in the formation of the individual.
  3. Discuss how each of the following influence the socialization process in children: family, peers, and media.
  4. Define ...
Unit 3 Discussion and Assessment Unit 3 Discussion
  1. Apply functionalist, conflict theory, and interactionist perspectives to social stratification. How are they different? Which one do YOU think is most beneficial when studying social stratification? Why?
  2. Explain the differences between stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. ...
Unit 4 Discussion and Assessment Unit 4 Discussion
  1. Describe the differences between single parents, cohabitation, same-sex couples, and unmarried individuals. Who are some famous (or infamous) people that can be used as examples for each of these categories?
  2. What are some conclusions one can draw from the fact that there is a growing ...
Unit 5 Discussion and Assessment Unit 5 Discussion

After reviewing the unit materials and completing the assessments, post and respond to the following topics on the course discussion board. Feel free to start your own related posts and respond to other students' posts as well.

  1. Compare and contrast the cultural meaning of illness, the ...