Kendall Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials Enhanced

Assignment 1 Instructions:

Students are required to read the textbook Chapters 1-3. Students are required to use Microsoft Word and save the completed assignment as Word document with a filename that includes the assignment title, your first initial and last name.  

How to earn full points?

This is the writing assignment with essay questions and is worth a total of 15 points. Students are required to provide substantive responses to each essay question. By substantive responses, it means:

  1. Cover all key elements of each essay question
  2. Give enough information about the topic
  3. apply the chapter concepts and theories to real-life situations
  4. Seek out additional resources to gain a better insight of the topic
  5. Bring in examples and experiences to illustrate the point
  6. Cite references if necessary
  7. Acceptable length: write a minimum of 150 words per essay question

Formatting Requirements
Use one-inch margins

Use 1 12-point Times New Roman font

Use double-line spacing in the document

Cite all sources in APA (American Psychological Association)

How to get and submit Assignment 1?

  1. Click on Module 1 Assignment tab under Assessment and Assignment
  2. Click Download Assignment questions link on top and save it on your computer
  3. Write your responses under each question
  4. Save the completed assignment as Microsoft Word document. If instructor cannot open the document, you might receive a zero (0) on the assignment. 
  5. Click on the Submit Assignment 
    Click on Text Entry to copy and paste the completed assignment to box 
    Click on the Submit button


Late work policy
See Syllabus or calendar for due dates. Late assignments receive a 10% deduction if assignments are not posted by 11:59 pm EST on the day they are due  

 Chapter 1 (The Sociological Perspective and Research Process) Questions

1.   Explain Social imagination and use an example to illustrate the term.

2.   Among three sociological theories, which two theories primarily use a macro-sociological framework to view and understand society? Please explain Structural functionalist theory and Conflict theory

3.   Describe basic steps of social research and four reasons to conduct social science research.

4.   Identify hypothesis and variable. Please formulate a hypothesis and distinguish between independent variable and dependent variable. 

Chapter 2 (Culture) Questions

5.  Give 3 examples of material culture and nonmaterial culture.  Distinguish between ideal value or culture and real value or culture.

6.   Define high culture and popular culture and give 3 examples to illustrate both of them. 

7.   Describe ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, and multiculturalism. Use conflict theory to explain culture. 

Chapter 3 (Socialization) Questions

8. Identify primary socialization and secondary socialization.  How does the Functionalist theory view socialization?

9. Explain George Herbert Mead’s two components of the self.  Discuss the differences between the “I” of and the “me” of the self. Please provide an example to illustrate it.

10. Describe Charles Cooley’s Looking-Glass Self and use an example to illustrate it.