Ch 11: Key Sociology Theorists: Intro to Sociology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Key Sociology Theorists chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach these theorists' ideas in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Key Sociology Theorists chapter into just over one school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Cooley and Spencer The interactionist perspective, primary groups and the looking glass self; social Darwinism and the structural-functionalist perspective
Tuesday Lenski Sociocultural evolution, the different types of societies and the role technology plays in their survival
Wednesday Marx Class consciousness, false consciousness and the role of religion in maintaining social inequality; the relationship between alienation and revolution; the differences between capitalism and socialism
Thursday Weber and Durkheim Characteristics of bureaucracy; functionalism, the division of labor, anomie and Durkheim's study of suicide
Friday Du Bois, Martineau and Mills Double consciousness; the effects of religious and political practices on society; sociological imagination, the power elite and the role of knowledge in social change
Monday Merton and Goffman Manifest functions, latent functions and dysfunctions; the symbolic interaction perspective, the dramaturgical approach and the presentation of self

17 Lessons in Chapter 11: Key Sociology Theorists: Intro to Sociology Lesson Plans
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C. Wright Mills: Sociological Imagination and the Power Elite

1. C. Wright Mills: Sociological Imagination and the Power Elite

This lesson discusses the sociologist C. Wright Mills and his view on the power elite and the sociological imagination. In this lesson, you will also discover what the term sociological imagination means and how it relates to social issues.

Charles Horton Cooley: Looking Glass Self and the Effect of Primary Groups

2. Charles Horton Cooley: Looking Glass Self and the Effect of Primary Groups

Charles Horton Cooley was a sociologist who wanted to better understand society and human behavior. He believed that the influence of groups within a society had a strong impact on human behavior. In this lesson, we will discuss primary groups, the theory of the looking-glass self and the concept that one's self and society are distinctly one unit, not two.

Emile Durkheim: Society, Integration Level & Suicide Study

3. Emile Durkheim: Society, Integration Level & Suicide Study

In this lesson, we will focus on the research conducted by Emile Durkheim regarding the rate of suicide and social factors that may contribute to suicide.

Emile Durkheim's Theories: Functionalism, Anomie and Division of Labor

4. Emile Durkheim's Theories: Functionalism, Anomie and Division of Labor

How does a society function? This lesson will help answer this question through an exploration of Emile Durkheim's theories of functionalism, anomie, and division of labor.

Erving Goffman's Theories: Impression Management, Dramaturgy & Symbolic Interaction

5. Erving Goffman's Theories: Impression Management, Dramaturgy & Symbolic Interaction

This lesson introduces the work of Erving Goffman, a sociologist who helped to explain society through the everyday interactions of people. You will learn what he meant by saying that people are all actors playing a part - and that our behavior is dictated by symbols and whether we are in public or private.

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

6. 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.

Harriet Martineau: Theories and Contributions to Sociology

7. Harriet Martineau: Theories and Contributions to Sociology

In this lesson, we will look at the contributions to sociology made by Harriet Martineau. She is considered the first woman sociologist and studied many social problems of her time.

Herbert Spencer: Theory & Social Darwinism

8. 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.

Karl Marx on Religion: How Religion Affects Social Inequality

9. Karl Marx on Religion: How Religion Affects Social Inequality

This lesson will discuss Karl Marx's view of how religion is an 'opiate for the people' and perpetuates social inequality. It will discuss how Karl Marx believed that religion was a way for the poor to accept their poverty and for the wealthy to control the poor.

Karl Marx: Theory of Class Consciousness and False Consciousness

10. Karl Marx: Theory of Class Consciousness and False Consciousness

In this lesson, you will learn what Karl Marx meant by a society having a class consciousness and a false consciousness. This lesson will also discuss how, according to Marx, these two elements can either help or hinder working-class members of a society.

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

11. 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.

Robert K. Merton: Theories and Functionalism

12. Robert K. Merton: Theories and Functionalism

This lesson will discuss Robert Merton's functionalist view of society. Merton distinguished between the types of functions within each social structure - manifest functions and latent functions. This lesson also discusses how not all functions serve a society positively.

W.E.B. Du Bois: Theories, Accomplishments & Double Consciousness

13. W.E.B. Du Bois: Theories, Accomplishments & Double Consciousness

W.E.B. Du Bois was an important figure in American civil rights history, and his idea of the double consciousness delved into what it felt like to live as a black person in a white people's world. Learn more about his life and works in this lesson.

Bureaucracy: Max Weber's Theory of Impersonal Management

14. Bureaucracy: Max Weber's Theory of Impersonal Management

At a time when organizations were run like families, Max Weber looked for ways to bring a more formalized structure to organizations. Weber created the idea of bureaucratic management where organizations are more authoritative, rigid and structured. This lesson will describe the development of bureaucracy and common characteristics of bureaucratic organizations.

Hofstede's Uncertainty Avoidance Index: Definition & Example Cultures

15. Hofstede's Uncertainty Avoidance Index: Definition & Example Cultures

Some people are more comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity than others, but did you know that it is a trait of societies, too? In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of uncertainty avoidance, how a number of countries rank on an uncertainty avoidance index, and how it can impact workplace culture.

Impression Management in Sociology: Theory, Definition & Examples

16. Impression Management in Sociology: Theory, Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will define the theory of impression management, examine the reasons people seek to influence others' perceptions and the ways they seek to accomplish it.

Sick Role Theory in Sociology: Definition & Overview

17. Sick Role Theory in Sociology: Definition & Overview

This lesson discusses sick role theory and explores the concepts associated with it. You will be able to imagine life with a particular disability and consider whether or not the concepts behind sick role theory are relevant today.

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