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Ch 4: Culture & Socialization in Sociology

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Watch these lessons and complete the quizzes to learn about the characteristics and elements of culture and the theories of socialization. Once you finish the chapter, you can take the cumulative exam to determine how well you grasp the material.

CLEP Social Studies and History: Culture and Socialization in Sociology -- Chapter Summary

Use these lessons to help you learn about culture and its ties to socialization. Lesson topics include ethnocentrism, cultural analysis and social roles. After finishing this chapter, you will study the following:

  • Subsets of culture
  • Differences between real and ideal culture
  • Ethnocentrism and cultural relativism
  • Three theoretical approaches to analyzing culture
  • Characteristics of isolation and socialization

Video Objective
Types, Elements & Subsets of Culture Study the different aspects of culture.
Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism, & Culture Relativism Analyze different ways culture can be perceived, including real culture, ethnocentrism, culture relativism, and ideal culture.
Cultural Analysis: Theoretical ApproachesLearn about structural-functional theory, sociobiology, and social conflict theory.
Overview & Agents of Socialization & IsolationDetermine different agents of socialization and isolation.
Social Interaction Theory, Social Roles & the Presentation of SelfIdentify the presentation of self, social roles, and social interaction theory.

5 Lessons in Chapter 4: Culture & Socialization in Sociology
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Types, Elements & Subsets of Culture

1. Types, Elements & Subsets of Culture

In this lesson, you will explore that important but complicated aspect of all our lives: culture. Discover how cultures are categorized and composed, and then test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism, & Culture Relativism

2. Perceptions of Culture: Ideal Culture and Real Culture, Ethnocentrism, & Culture Relativism

The way we perceive culture - both our own and that of others - is affected by many things. In this lesson, we define and discuss the difference between perceptions of ideal culture and real culture. We also examine ethnocentrism and compare it to the idea of culture relativism.

Cultural Analysis: Theoretical Approaches

3. Cultural Analysis: Theoretical Approaches

In this lesson, we cover three theoretical approaches used by sociologists to analyze culture: structural-functional theory, social-conflict theory, and sociobiology. We define and discuss each theory, along with examples.

Overview & Agents of Socialization & Isolation

4. Overview & Agents of Socialization & Isolation

In this lesson, you will explore how agents, including yourself, interact with social norms through the processes of socialization and isolation. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Social Interaction Theory, Social Roles & the Presentation of Self

5. Social Interaction Theory, Social Roles & the Presentation of Self

In this lesson, you will explore fundamental concepts of sociology and discover how strong our need for social groups really is. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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