1. How does functionalism explain our obsession with professional and collegiate athletics, celebrity magazines and other forms of
entertainment? What are some of the “rituals” of solidarity and social cohesion? Post one item of relevant supplemental material to
illustrate this approach.
2. What are some of the stereotypical popular culture representations of men and women/ sexuality? What are some of the ways in which
stereotyping gender (whether men or women) is harmful? Post one item of relevant supplemental material.
The Week 2 Forum meets the following course objectives:
· Describe examples of the different types of norms operative in popular culture, and how these are related to the process of
· Identify the research methods used to create knowledge about popular culture.
· Apply key cultural theories and analytical dimensions for examining popular culture.
· Explain how various elements of popular culture inform or reflect our attitudes, behavior, and society and why the popular
culture becomes popular.
· Illustrate diversity in popular culture and concepts of multiculturalism, ethnocentrism, and cultural relativism with reference
to key stratifying factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, region and sexuality.
· Describe the cultural and social significance of popular culture in shaping the larger contemporary American society.
NOTE: The general instructions below are posted under each Forum for your reference. There is a lot to read the first time but they
never change, except Week 1 posts all being due on Sunday (no earlier initial post deadline that week). After reading them thoroughly
before beginning your first discussion board assignment it doesn’t hurt to revisit them periodically to make sure you are on target and
avoiding point loss. Most points are lost due to not following all the instructions. They are detailed in each forum weekly for ease of
reference without having to click in and out of the discussion forum area.
Forum General Instructions
Sociology lives when we engage it – we read about it, we discuss it, we debate it, we frame our research questions with it, we put it
to the test of empiricism, and every once in a while we build it ourselves. Therefore, the success of this course depends on all of us
thoroughly engaging it. One of the most important parts of the course will be the discussions and debates we participate in, in our
Forum. These discussions need to be informed by thorough reading of the assigned texts.
Each week, learners will post one initial post per week. This post must demonstrate comprehension of the course materials, the ability
to apply that knowledge in the real world, active presence. Learners will engage with the instructor and peers through rich responses
to their posts. To motivate engaged discussion, posts are expected to be on time with regular interaction throughout the week. All
posts should demonstrate college level writing skills. To promote vibrant discussion as we would in a face to face classroom, formatted
citations and references are not required. Quotes should not be used at all, or used sparingly. If you quote a source quotation marks
should be used and an APA formatted citation and reference provided.
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