Articulate core American values and offer evidence of how beliefs in cultural values are supported or obstructed by social institutions. Discuss key disagreements about American values.
Students’ comments in class discussions, film journals, and responses to exams will demonstrate knowledge of American values such as freedom, prosperity, economic efficiency, fairness and democracy.
Illustrate how human activity produces social rules, which are enforced, often inconsistently, and linked to power. Explain that the central task of sociology is to grasp how rules generate their effects and how rule contradictions can result in change.
Student’s comments in class discussions, film journals, and responses on exams will describe the construction and enforcement of social rules, as well as provide evidence of their inconsistencies and contradictions.
Analyze the social problems that arise in the disjuncture between America’s values and actual social conditions, and evaluate alternative responses to those problems.
Student’s comments in class discussions, film journals, and responses on exams will analyze American social problems as the disjuncture between expressed values and existing social rules. They will evaluate alternative responses to social problems.