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Social Studies, Grade 9 - 12, Sociology, 2004

1.) Describe the development of sociology as a social science field of study.

•  Identifying important figures in the field of sociology
Examples: Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, George Herbert Mead, W. E. B. Du Bois

•  Identifying characteristics of sociology
Examples: functional integration, power, social action, social structure, culture

2.) Identify methods and tools of research used by sociologists.

Examples: surveys, polls, statistics, demographic information, case studies, participant observation, program evaluation

3.) Describe how values and norms influence individual behavior.

•  Comparing ways in which cultures differ, change, and resist change
•  Comparing the use of various symbols within and across societies
Examples: objects, gestures, sounds, images

4.) Identify antisocial behaviors.

Examples: social deviance, addiction, terrorism, recidivism

•  Contrasting violent crime, property crime, and victimless crime with white-collar crime
•  Comparing methods for dealing with antisocial behavior
Examples: imprisonment, restitution, community service, rehabilitation, education, therapy

5.) Describe how environment and genetics affect personality.

Examples: self-concept, nature versus nurture, temperament

6.) Identify stages of development across the life cycle.

Examples: birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, parenthood, middle age, late adulthood

•  Describing the value of birth cohorts as a research device
7.) Describe types and characteristics of groups.

Examples: social stratification, gender roles

•  Explaining the significance of a social class
Examples: status ascription versus achievement, intergenerational social mobility, structural occupational change

•  Identifying the importance of group dynamics
Examples: size, leadership, decision making

•  Identifying differences between the terms race and ethnicity
8.) Describe the structure and function of the family unit.

Examples: structure—two parents, single parent; function—role of parent, role of child, role of spouses

•  Comparing traditional, extended, nuclear, single-parent, and blended families
•  Identifying problems facing families
Examples: abuse, teen pregnancy, poverty, addiction, blended families, care of elderly family members

9.) Identify the need for and purpose of social systems and institutions.

Examples: schools, churches, voluntary associations, governments

•  Describing origins and beliefs of various religions
10.) Describe social movement and social change.

•  Comparing various forms of collective behavior
Examples: mobs, riots, fads, crowds

•  Identifying major social issues facing modern society
Examples: ethics of technology, ethics of government

•  Contrasting the impact of the modern Civil Rights Movement, the Women's Movement, the Gun Rights Movement, and the Environmental Movement in the United States
11.) Contrast population patterns using the birth rate, death rate, migration rate, and dependency rate.

•  Identifying the impact of urbanization
•  Describing the depletion of natural resources
•  Projecting future population patterns
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