SOC 101 week 3 Discussion 1


Week 3 – Discussion 1

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.


Social Class


For this   discussion, you must read Chapter 7 of the text, Sociology: Beyond Common Sense,   and watch the two videos, Social Class in America   1957 McGraw-Hill text-films (Links to an external site.) [Transcript                     ]   (an old video but great example) and How Class Works – Richard   Wolff Examines Class (Links to an external site.). Then, review the document, Knowledge of Hidden Rules of Social Class.    Read   through the descriptions of daily activities and commonplace knowledge for   lower, middle, and upper class people. Print it out and place an ‘X’ next to   the things you know how to do [you can also just note your ‘X’ marks], and   look to see how many ‘X’ marks you have in each category [If you don’t have   children, use yourself and your siblings as a reference group.]. This will   help you gain insight into the taken for granted or hidden knowledge you need   to survive in various social classes. After completing these tasks, consider   the following questions:

  • Social Class in the US
           How would you categorize the types of knowledge? How and where would        someone acquire and learn this knowledge? How do you gain access to the        people and places this can be learned? Is this access generally equal in        the US?
  • You as a Social Being
           On which questionnaires did you have the most and least marks? Were you        surprised by the outcome? Do you have equal access to the people and        places required to acquire knowledge you currently do not have?
  • Conclusions
           What conclusions can you make about the nature of the hidden knowledge        necessary to be successful in each social class?

Your   initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with   examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and   properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’   posts by Day 7.

Discussion   adapted from: Ashton, P. (2005) Discussion ideas on Social Class. Resources   for Teachers. Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association

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