Honors Sociology Scope and Sequence: National Standards: NSS-G.K-12.2 PLACES AND REGIONS As a result of their activities in grades K-12, all students should - Understand how culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions. NSS-G.K-12.5 ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY As a result of activities in grades K-12, all students should - Understand how human actions modify the physical environment. Understand how physical systems affect human systems. Understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources. NSS-WH.5-12.9 ERA 9: THE 20TH CENTURY SINCE 1945: PROMISES AND PARADOXES As a result of activities in grades 8-12, all students should be able to explain: - the search for community, stability, and peace in an interdependent world. - major global trends since World War II. State Standards: SS-HS-2.1.1 Students will explain how belief systems, knowledge, technology and behavior patterns define cultures and help to explain historical perspectives and events in the modern world (1500 A.D. to present) and United States (Reconstruction to present). SS-H-CS-S-5 Students will compare examples of cultural elements (e.g., beliefs, customs/traditions, languages, skills, literature, the arts) of diverse groups today to those of the past, using information from a variety of print and nonprint sources (e.g., autobiographies, biographies, documentaries, news media, artifacts). SS-HS-2.2.1 Students will explain how various human needs are met through interaction in and among social institutions (e.g., family, religion, education, government, economy) in the modern world (1500 A.D. to present) and the United States (Reconstruction to present). SS-HS-2.3.1 Students will explain the reasons why conflict and competition (e.g., violence, difference of opinion, stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, genocide) may develop as cultures emerge in the modern world (1500 A.D. to present) and the United States (Reconstruction to present). SS-HS-4.2.3 Students will explain how people can develop stereotypes about places and regions (e.g., all cities are dangerous and dirty; rural areas are poor). Sociology Scope and Sequence: (Depth of coverage will be determined by academic level.) Unit One – Sociological Research Methods and Theoretical Perspectives: - Founders of Sociology - The Science of Sociology - Field Research Activity/Project and Analysis - The Theoretical Perspectives o Symbolic Interactionism o Conflict Perspective o Functionalist Perspective o Post Modern Perspective (advanced only) Unit Two – Culture and Socialization: - What is culture? - The role of technology in culture - Students will use the theoretical perspectives to study culture. - The Five Elements of Culture o Material Culture and Non-material Culture o Cultural Universals o Symbols o Language o Values - The Agents of Socialization - Types of Socialization - Theories of Social Development (depth varies on level) - Culture Webquest (21st century skill) – Global Awareness Unit Three – Social Structure and Groups in Society: - Formal versus Informal Groups - Status - Roles and Role Conflict - Problems in Society o Case Study – the Cause of Poverty in Kentucky - Formal Institutions - Primary and Secondary Groups Unit Unit - Unit - Roles in Society Students will use the theoretical perspectives to analyze social structure and groups. Four – Crime and Deviance: Causes for crime and deviance o How do economic and social situations encourage crime (21st Century Skill)? Criminal Justice Systems o Does punishment deter crime? o Is the death penalty a deterrent for crime? Criminal and Punishment Students will use the theoretical perspectives to analyze crime and deviance. Students will study current event examples of deviance o Past examples have included: The Jena Six Case, Martha Stewart, celebrity behavior and local news. Five – The Family and Adolescence: Different Family Structures o Students will discuss how family structures vary around the world o How are family structures changing in the United States? Functions of the Family Marriage Causes for Family Dysfunction Students will use the theoretical perspectives to analyze family and adolescence. Six – Collective Action and Social Change: Students will study the dynamics of social change, especially collective action. Role of Technology in Social Change Theories of Social Movement Theories of Crowd Behavior Social Action Plan o Students are asked to use technology to help create social change amongst their peers. Outcomes By the completion of this course, students will be able to: - Be able to apply sociological skills and concepts to daily life. - Have the skills to explain how sociological research is completed. - Be able to describe how culture and its various aspects aid in socializing an individual. - Understand the role that social structure and groups play in society. - Know how sociological theories aid in our understanding of crime and deviance. - Be able to explain different family structures that exist within the United States. - Be able to explain and implement how social change takes place.