Introducing Sociology:DB

The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.

At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Wednesday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Wednesday of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often, as that is the primary way the university tracks class attendance and participation.

The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit.

A. Questions for weekly discussions and conversations (not part of the required Discussion Board assignment)

These questions can serve as the starting point for your discussions during the week. They are “thought starters,” so that you can explore some ideas associated with the discussion board and unit topics. Answers are not required, and should not be submitted with your required assignment. Answers are not graded.

What is the definition of Socialization and why is an understanding of socialization important in the examination of how social groups interact?
What role or function do the social groups, that an individual belongs to, play in terms of the development of the individual’s sense of self and identity?
What is the basis or foundation for social stratification or social class in the US? How is the process of social stratification different in the US compared to other cultures?
B. Required Discussion Board assignment.

Textbook assignment: “Stanford County Prison,” a famous experiment conducted by Dr. Philip Zimbadro in 1971

Using the e-Book, read the account of the “Stanford County Prison” experiment. . Take particular note of the outcome of the experiment And what conclusions might be drawn. Discuss with your classmates how Dr. Zimbardo’s findings might apply to a current , real-life event. Try to relate a parallel current event other than the Abu Ghraib incident already mentioned in the textbook. Use the Internet and/or print periodicals to support your findings. Be sure to share some of the concepts outlined in Dr. Zimbardo’s experiment.

In your own words, please post a response to the Discussion Board and comment on other postings. You will be graded on the quality of your postings.

The following rubric will be used for grading:
Grading Rubric
Initial response to the DB question

Evidenced additional research supporting the student’s response to the DB question

Comments on other students’ postings that serve to further the discussion, apply real-world examples, or lend to enhancing the clarity of the concepts

Adherence to assignment deadlines, length requirement, correct spelling/proper grammar, and properly formatted per APA style

Text Book:
Introduction to Sociology
Author:Editorial Board
Publisher:Words of Wisdom, LLC
Course: SSCI210

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