Ch 79: NMTA Social Science: Roles & Functions of Social Institutions

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The Roles & Functions of Social Institutions chapter gives you several lessons that you can make use of to refresh your memory prior to taking the NMTA Social Science exam. There are also self-assessment quizzes that you may complete.

NMTA Social Science: Roles & Functions of Social Institutions - Chapter Summary

This chapter lets you reexamine your scope of knowledge on major social institutions alongside monotheistic and nontheistic religions to ensure you're set for any associated questions on the NMTA Social Science exam. This chapter's lessons further make sure you're ready for test items about any of the following topics:

  • Family, economic, governmental and educational institutions
  • Cultural differences in schooling theory
  • Key concepts pertaining to religion
  • Religious views of atheism, agnosticism and theism
  • Liberation theology and Protestantism
  • Religiosity, secularization and civil religion
  • Patrilocality, matrilocality and neolocality

Use the videos and the text lessons to reinforce what you already know on the major topics as you're getting ready for the exam. The videos are a fun review resource as well as a user-friendly one by being equipped with video tags.

Objectives of the NMTA Social Science: Roles & Functions of Social Institutions Chapter

The score you receive on the NMTA Social Science exam is reflective of whether your content knowledge meets the teacher licensure standards in New Mexico. This exam's third content domain has a part on understanding human systems that includes the social institutions material in this chapter. Use the multiple-choice practice questions in this chapter as a guide to how some of your exam items could appear on test day.

9 Lessons in Chapter 79: NMTA Social Science: Roles & Functions of Social Institutions
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Social Institutions: Definition & Examples

1. Social Institutions: Definition & Examples

Explore the inner workings of how societies establish subsystems that facilitate their survival. Learn about how each of these institutions contributes to the overall functioning of a society.

Family and Kinship: Patrilocality, Matrilocality & Neolocality

2. Family and Kinship: Patrilocality, Matrilocality & Neolocality

The family, as a social institution, is an extremely important subject of study for sociologists. In this lesson, we define family and kinship, and we discuss three different patterns of residency and systems of family lineage.

Religious Views: Atheism, Agnosticism & Theism

3. Religious Views: Atheism, Agnosticism & Theism

Sociology of religion is a large branch of sociology. The different views on deities are studied as part of this topic. In this lesson, we compare and contrast the views of theism, atheism, and agnosticism.

Religion: Key Concepts and Definitions

4. Religion: Key Concepts and Definitions

Sociologists strive to study every aspect of religion in an objective way. In this lesson, we define religion and identify key concepts that are found in religion. We also discuss the difference between churches, sects, and cults.

Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & Christianity

5. Monotheism: Islam, Judaism & Christianity

In this lesson, we define monotheism and identify three significant monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We also discuss the ideology of each of these three religions.

Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

6. Nontheism: Hinduism, Buddhism & Confucianism

Not all religions focus on the belief (or disbelief) in a particular deity. In this lesson, we define nontheism and discuss the ideologies of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

Religion and Social Change in Protestantism and Liberation Theology

7. Religion and Social Change in Protestantism and Liberation Theology

Religion can, at times, be a powerful agent for social change. In this lesson, we discuss two examples of the dichotomy between religion and the secular world, including Max Weber's book, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, as well as the concept of liberation theology.

Religiosity, Secularization & Civil Religion: Applications on Individuals & Cultures

8. Religiosity, Secularization & Civil Religion: Applications on Individuals & Cultures

In this lesson, we define religiosity, secularization, and civil religion. We'll also discuss these concepts both on an individual and cultural scale.

Schooling: Cultural Differences in Schooling Theory

9. Schooling: Cultural Differences in Schooling Theory

The value of education and access to it is different across cultures. In this lesson, we discuss some of the differences in schooling between lower-income and higher-income nations. We also discuss the education system and cultural values of several countries.

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