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b.

C. Wright Mills outlined the idea of the Power Elite. Explain Mills idea and discuss who comprises this group. Do you agree with Mills, that this group exists? Give three concrete examples to support your opinion.

c.

Explain health problems (chapter 10 in the text) through the three sociological approaches (structural functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism). Which approach do you agree with most? Apply this approach to a current health care issue.

d.

Describe the three types of authority (Traditional, Charismatic, Rational-Legal) as outlined in chapter 13 of the text. Provide examples of leaders who fit each description (do not use the same examples as provided in the text) and explain why they fit the description.

e.

Globalization is described in chapter 2 of the text. What are the cultural, economic, and political impacts of globalization? Provide real life examples of each (do not use the same examples as provided in the text). Which impact do you think is the most significant, why?

f.

Design a mock research project about any topic that interests you. Outline the research process that would be involved if you were really conducting this research. Explain the importance of each step in the research process. (More details on this option on the course website) This option must be discussed with the instructor by May 5th

g.

Design your own research question on a topic that interests you. Your questions should include discussion of the 3 major sociological theories, analysis of the theories, and connection to the modern world. This option must be discussed with the instructor by May 9th

Methods of addressing the topic include (choose one):

5-7 page essay (individual)

5-7 minute video project (individual or group, up to 4 students)

12 slide minimum PowerPoint Presentation (individual or group up to 4 students)

Other options can be discussed with the instructor by May 5th

Be sure to use the detailed Scoring Rubrics for each of these options that will be available on the course website

Grading

2 Papers- 15 points each (see course website for details on how papers will be graded)

Class Participation- 15 points (This includes attendance as well as thoughtful discussion. If you attend all classes and regularly participate you earn 15/15 points. Attending all classes but not participating at all earns 0/15 points)

3 quizzes-15 points each (Study guides for each quiz will be posted on the class website prior to the quiz)

Assignments-30 points total

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A #1-Syllabus and Website Quiz plus Website form. 4 points

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A #2-Photo and info card. 4 points.

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A #3-Cultural artifact. 4 points.

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A #4-Stereotype. 4 points.

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A #5-Media image 6 points.

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A #6-Article reflection Religion 8 points

Final-20 points

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