1-Explain what sociologists mean by the social construction of reality. How has the social construction of reality affected you? How does social interaction shape who we are and how we see ourselves?
2-Class, how do you think that social media has influenced our interaction with others? How has it affected our relationships? Do you think that Twitter and Facebook are more supportive of primary group relationships or of secondary group relationships? Overall do we have less tight bonds with others in a society do you think because of social media or more and why?
3-Class, why have some questioned the true efficiency of bureaucracies? In what ways do they create red tape and make things more difficult to actually achieve? What are their benefits? How are rules in these formal organizations different from rules and norms that might govern your interactions with your group of friends?
4-What are some of the various groups discussed in our readings for this week? What groups have you been a part of? What is a bureaucracy and why do they often get labeled as inefficient?
5-Why do we define some acts as deviant? What makes an act deviant? Who determines whether an act is deviant? How do conflict and functional theories explain how an act becomes defined as deviance?
6-Class, one fun way to learn about social norms, deviance, and social control is to break a minor social norm. Try, for example, singing while you are out at a store. How do others look at you? What kind of reaction to they have? While your deviance is not against the law, are others trying to reinforce that you are not following commonly held social norms?
7- What are some of the various groups discussed in our readings for this week? What groups have you been a part of? What is a bureaucracy and why do they often get labeled as inefficient?