SOC 100 Week 1 DQ 1

SOC 100 Week 1 DQ 1

SOC 100 Week 1 DQ 1

Schaefer (2011) defines a post-modern society as “a technologically sophisticated society that is preoccupied with consumer goods and media images” (p. 126). In your opinion, is the United States a post-modern society? Why or why not? Are you preoccupied with consumer goods and media images? Why or why not?


Resource: NBC videos link, located on the student website

Watch the following videos:


·         Three Cups of Tea

·         Northern Exposure

·         Religion Unplugged

·         School Girl Attacks

·         The Joy of Garbage

·         Young Evangelicals


Discuss the videos as a team.

Select one video clip to analyze as a team.

Evaluate your selected video from the sociological perspective assigned to your Learning Team.


·   Team A: Functionalist perspective

·   Conflict perspective

·   Feminist perspective


Write a 500- to 750-word essay explaining the content of the video based on your assigned sociological theoretical approach.


·         Prepare a brief introduction that identifies the video and clarifies the applied theoretical perspective.

·         Describe specific components of the perspective used in the evaluation.

·         Explain specific examples from the video from the viewpoint of the designated theoretical approach.


Format your essay consistent with APA guidelines.

Complete the following, individually:

·         Enter at least one online social networking website of your choice.

·         Explore and participate in the site.


Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word analysis paper, as a team, and address the following components:


·         Identify the accessed online social network sites.

·         Describe the sites’ purposes, content, and participant populations.

·         Describe each individual’s experience in the chosen site.

·         Address the following questions:


o    What is the cultural significance of online social networks?

o    What is the social effect of online social networks?

o    What potential effect do online social networking sites have on face-to-face interaction?

o    What cultural values are reinforced or challenged by online social networking sites?

o    What are possible future online social networking trends?


Provide a conclusion that includes the following:


·         An assessment of the current, primary traditional agent of socialization in our society

·         A prediction on whether or not social networking sites will become the primary 21st century agent of socialization in our society