Ch 67: Concepts in Sociology

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This chapter is filled with fun lessons you can study at your convenience to gain a quality understanding of sociology concepts. Multiple-choice quizzes can quickly test your comprehension and ensure you're ready and able to excel on an upcoming test.

Concepts in Sociology - Chapter Summary

Understanding various concepts in sociology is simple with help from this self-paced chapter. Explore bite-sized lessons developed by top instructors to gain greater insight into Karl Marx's theories on socialism and capitalism, the Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems, Herbert Spencer's theory and more. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Outline Gerhard Lenski's theories of sociocultural evolution, social stratification and technology
  • Define and share examples of interactionism in sociology
  • Discuss theories of deviance in sociology
  • Explain the significance of demography
  • Differentiate between open and closed stratification systems
  • List forms of social change

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9 Lessons in Chapter 67: Concepts in Sociology
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Herbert Spencer: Theory & Social Darwinism

1. Herbert Spencer: Theory & Social Darwinism

Herbert Spencer was one of the leading sociologists of his time and was an influencer of the structural-functionalist perspective. Learn more about the man who coined the phrase 'survival of the fittest' and understand the positive and negative aspects of social Darwinism.

Gerhard Lenski's Theories of Sociocultural Evolution, Social Stratification & Technology

2. Gerhard Lenski's Theories of Sociocultural Evolution, Social Stratification & Technology

In this lesson, you will learn how Gerhard Lenski studied the amount of technology a society had and how such technology could allow a society to evolve and change. This lesson will also describe the various types of societies and their level of technology.

Karl Marx's Theories: Class Differentiation and Revolution, Socialism & Capitalism

3. Karl Marx's Theories: Class Differentiation and Revolution, Socialism & Capitalism

In this lesson, we will discuss the difference between socialism and capitalism, how Karl Marx believed that social class dictated one's social life and who were the bourgeoisie and proletariat.

Interactionism in Sociology: Definition & Examples

4. Interactionism in Sociology: Definition & Examples

Interactionism is one of the four common theoretical perspectives of sociology. Learn more about interactionism from examples and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Deviance in Sociology: Definition, Theories & Examples

5. Deviance in Sociology: Definition, Theories & Examples

Deviance is defined as the recognized violation of cultural norms. Learn more about the definition and some of the major theories attached to deviance and test your knowledge with a quiz.

What Is Demography? - Definition & Significance

6. What Is Demography? - Definition & Significance

In this lesson, we'll talk about demography and demographics and how they are used by various organizations. We'll also consider the advantages and disadvantages of using them. Then you can test yourself with a short quiz.

Open vs. Closed Stratification Systems

7. Open vs. Closed Stratification Systems

In an open stratification system, your choices help determine your social status. In a closed stratification system, your social status is defined at birth. In this lesson, we will compare open and closed stratification systems.

What is Social Change? - Forms & Definition

8. What is Social Change? - Forms & Definition

Social change is the transformation of culture and social institutions over time. Learn more about the definition and history of social change and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems

9. Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems

When a family therapist sits with a family, he or she can take one assessment tool-- the Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems-- and decide how well connected, flexible and communicative family members are with each other. Learn about the facets of this model in this lesson!

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