Archive for January, 2011


Posted: January 31, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
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Please come to 3 sociological conclusions from the existing Titanic source below:
First Class
Total: 141
Died: 4
Survived: 113
Percentage Survived: 97%
First Class
Total: 7
Died: 1
Survived: 6
Percentage Survived: 86%
First Class
Total: 171
Died: 104 (
Survived: 55
Percentage Survived: 34%
First Class
Total: 319
Died: 119
Survived: 200
Percentage Survived: 63%
Second Class
Total: 92
Died: 13
Survived: 78
Percentage Survived: 86%
Second Class
Total: 25
Died: 0
Survived: 25
Percentage Survived: 100%
Second Class
Total: 152
Died: 135
Survived: 13
Percentage Survived: 8%
Second Class
Total: 269
Died: 152
Survived: 117
Percentage Survived: 43%
Third Class (Steerage)
Total: 179
Died: 91
Survived: 88
Percentage Survived: 49%
Third Class (Steerage)
Total: 80
Died: 55
Survived: 25
Percentage Survived: 31%
Third Class (Steerage)
Total: 440
Died: 381
Survived: 59
Percentage Survived: 13%
Third Class (Steerage)
Total: 699
Died: 527
Survived: 172
Percentage Survived: 25%
Today we took some notes about social inequality  see a portion below, if you missed today please get full notes from Mr. McCullough or classmate-

Max Weber’s criteria for measuring social inequality:
Wealth – accumulated economic resources
Power – the ability to achieve one’s goals and objectives even against the will of others
Prestige– social esteem, respect or admiration
3 types of societies:

Egalitarian – no individual or group has appreciably more wealth, power, or prestige than any other.
Rank – unequal access to prestige or status but not unequal access to wealth or power.
Stratified societies – considerable inequality in all forms of social rewards (power,wealth, and prestige).


Posted: January 28, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized


Today we took a test over the basics from our first 1/2 of the trimester.  Make-ups must be scheduled through Mr. McCullough for early next week.


Posted: January 27, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Comment on this post with a 1 paragraph (minimum 4 compete sentences) by Monday, January 31st and you will receive 10 pts extra credit.  Your reaction must include a summary of the article and your opinion of the results.


Posted: January 27, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
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Define the term “group survival” using the Amish culture.
Today we looked at the Amish culture and Rumspringa in hopes of understanding unique social groups and how they survive and ensure cultural transmission.

CLICK HERE for a copy of the questions we looked at today.


Posted: January 26, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

•Think about your assignment from yesterday and answer the following questions:
1.  How does this mimic online friend sites like Facebook, Myspace etc?
2.  How similar were the people in your top 5?  Would you say your social groups vary?
3.  How did node connecting go?  Is our diversity a positive or a negative here at Loy Norrix when it comes to social groups?
Today we looked deeper at social networks and analyzed our social circle both personally and as a class.

•What does this activity tell us about our social groups?  Why are we similar or different to other ‘control’ groups?  Did your number surprise you?  Our class number?  Why? (2 pgs double spaced)


Posted: January 25, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Word of the Day:  Social Network
Definition – Social structure made of individuals or organizations that are connected through various familiarities ranging from casual acquaintance to close familial bonds.
How large is your social network?
Today we created a social network node for our “top 5” and then attempted to connect those to other nodes in class.  Many of you were surprised to see you social groups are tightly woven together.  Tomorrow we will visit our network and answer some questions about it.


Posted: January 24, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

What type of social groups do you consider yourself part of?  Name as many as you can (minimum of 5).
What makes up a social group?
Today handed in our homework from Friday (analysis of “correct” socialization of our class) and then studied what are social groups and differences between them.  Terms like  transitory, recurrent, informal, formal, primary and secondary were visited.  Please see Mr. McCullough or a classmate for notes.

Work in groups and develop a unique example of each of the following combinations:
•Recurrent, informal, secondary
•Recurrent, formal, secondary
•Recurrent, informal primary
•Recurrent, formal, primary
•Transitory, informal, secondary
Do not repeat the examples already given in class.

1-19-11 and 1-20-11

Posted: January 18, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Agents of socialization form us into what we are both in our eyes and others.  Your task today is broken into two parts both of which involved looking at how socialization has/can formed an individual.


1.  What has socialized you into the person you have become?

2.  Do others see you how you see yourself?

Agents of Socialization Categories:

  • Family
  • Mass media / News media
  • Peer Groups
  • School
  • Community and Culture
  • Religion
  • Education
  • Workplace
  • Economic systems
  • Political parties/government
  • Art
  • Language
  • Age
  • Parenthood
  • Gender

Your task:

1. Using a minimum of 10 of the above 15 agents of socialization create museum “exhibits” on yourself and how you have been socialized.  Be sure to create this using a program you can print your exhibits from.

Suggested exhibit builders:  PowerPoint, Microsoft Word,, or

Each “exhibit” must include the following:

  • Visual(s) which illustrates how each category has socialized you. (10pts)
  • Minimum of 4 W’s (Who, What, When, Where) in a paragraph explaining how this helped to shape you. (10pts)
  • A “trivia” section which lets museum viewers interact and guess some unknown facts about you which correspond to each item and how you have been socialized. (10pts)
  • A final section on how others perceive you.  Ask 3 friends or family members to give a short phrase explaining how each of the 10 sections you choose from above have been shaped you.  Compare to your answers to theirs in a chart analyzing if others view you through the same lens you do. (10pts)

*Extra credit will be given to students who utilize all 15 agents of socialization.

Some sites which may help you organize your thoughts

Agents of Socialization


What is the socialization process?

Introductory Sociology – Agents of Socialization


Posted: January 18, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized

Name 10 agents of socialization

Today we talked in depth about what some sociologists say is the most important socializing agent; families.  We defined what we thought a family is and then created a visual for them.  In addition there was homework to poll an adult on what they thought a family and family values were.  See Mr.  McCullough for a copy of the assignment.


Posted: January 17, 2011 by mcculloughmg in Uncategorized
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Today we took the Twenty Statement Test answering the questions “Who am I?”

We then used this as a jumping off point at our look at Socialization.  We took notes on topics such as Mead’s Stages of development, emotions, institutions and purposes of socialization

Social institutions play an important role because:

1.They shape values and beliefs
2.Maintain order
3.Help societies to function”