Unit: The Sociological Perspective

Unit Title: The Sociological Perspective

Content Standard: NH Frameworks

Standard Number (and/or) Text:
2.0 Essential Skills for Social Studies

Enduring Understandings: Students will be able to understand that sociology studies human social behavior and that sociology is a relatively young science; and that sociology includes three major theoretical perspectives ( functionalism, conflict, and symbolic).

Essential Questions:
(Inquiry used to explore enduring understanding)

How does a sociologist think?
How do sociologists research a topic? To which procedures must they adhere?

Knowledge and Skills: (Competencies)
(Students will know and be able to)

1. The Sociological Perspective
    A. The Nature of Sociology
    B.  The importance of Patterns
    C.  Acquiring Sociological Imagination

2.   The Origins of Sociology
     A.  European Origins
     B.  Sociology in America

3.   Theoretical Perspectives
      A. The Role of Theoretical Perspectives
      B. Functionalism
      C. Conflict Perspective
      D. Symbolic Interactions

4.    Research Methods

      A. Doing Research in the Social Sciences
      B. Survey Research
      C. Secondary Analysis
      D. Field Research

 5.  Procedure and Ethics in Research


1.   Define Sociology
2.   Describe two uses of sociological perspectives
3.   Distinguish Sociology from other social sciences
4.   Outline contributions of the major pioneers of sociology
5.   Summarize the development of sociology in the U.S.
6.   Describe the basic quantitative qualities methods used by sociologists
7.   Explain the steps sociologists use to guide research.
8.   Discuss ethics in sociology

Performance Tasks/Other Evidence:

Summative assessment to include tests with multiple choice and essay components: quizzes, projects involving research, analysis of primary sources, and editorial commentary, and multi –media presentations

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