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 Video Chat:  Most of you have grown up with computers, iPhones, and the Internet.  As an instrument of social change, what cyber-devices have changed your life?  In what ways?  Do you think cyber technology improves your life?  

 . Video Chat Posts.  There are many opportunities to respond to questions posed for the Video Chat assignments. Prompts can be found in the Weekly Modules.  Each post is worth up to 10 points.  Posts should be written at a college level of sophistication with correct grammar and spelling.  I am looking for responses that are analytical and include sociological terminology. No opinions, please.  Use of references is expected. 



In your lifetime, what social changes have most affected you?  Discuss the personal and social effects of this social phenomenon.  

For example:  I would have to say the Women's Movement in the 1960s have had the greatest impact on my life.  The focus on women's equality fundamentally changed the way I think about the possibilities and opportunities I have.  I grew up thinking that girls found a husband and had kids.  Girls could be teachers, but they should be wives and mothers first.  During the Women's Movement I was exposed to new ideas about women's roles in society.  I chose to pursue a college education and a career.  Advocates such as Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem influenced my politics.  I became involved in women's support groups.  I worked on political campaigns that furthered the cause of gender equality.  Now I teach classes that encourage men and women to recognize the importance of gender equality in the workplace, in politics, and in the family.  Without the Women's Movement I would not be a feminist sociologist.  Chances are I would cleaning my house or doing laundry. 


6.  Discussion Question Criteria and Grading Info. Write in complete sentences (unless otherwise instructed) using proper English.  You can earn higher scores by utilizing sociological terminology whenever appropriate.  Use references and cite them properly.  Discussion Board Assignments that lack references will receive a zero score.  Without references to support your statements you are giving me your opinion.  When posting on a discussion board cite a legitimate academic source or use the text book as a reference source.  Give the page number in the body of your response.  Other legitimate reference sources include scholarly journals, books, and news articles.  Cite them by author, title, and publisher.  Legitimate websites should be identified with the web address, author's name, and date of publication.  Do not use sources that are opinions, editorials, or other pop culture publications.  Do not cite student papers.  Student papers are plentiful on the Internet.  I urge you to stay away from them.

  Some clarification on Discussion Boards -->

A.  Discussion Questions are designed to give you an opportunity to demonstrate your critical thinking and analytical skills.  There is no one correct response to any of these questions.  But, there are many incorrect responses.  I am NOTlooking for your opinion.  Make your case, or argument, or whatever the DQ calls for, in a logical and scholarly way.  Develop critical analysis rather than descriptions.  I want you to support your statements with text book references and outside sources when applicable.


Assess this class.  Tell me what worked and what didn't.  Make suggestions for improvement. 

Tell me 2 important things you learned this semester.  Why are they important?

You input is greatly appreciated!


Open Discussion Board points are earned when you post something relevant on the site.  This site is designed so that students may discuss things that are in the news and/or may not be covered in depth in the chapters, or that are interesting and topical.   Here are some ideas:

  • You may have read an article on a website that relates to the class in some way.  Post the website and give a summary of the article.  Tell us why it is relevant.
  • Contribute to a post that is already there.  Add significant additional information or a rebuttal, supported by reference material.
  • If you see a news report on TV, YouTube, or other media, site it and discuss it.

While you have a lot of freedom on the Open Discussion Board, you still must support your statements with academic sources.

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