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Ch 37: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Social Institutions

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Take advantage of our video lessons and quizzes to help you review information about social systems and theories. A portion of the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Middle Grades Social Studies exam is devoted to these topics.

OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Social Institutions - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter provide you with the opportunity to access quick overviews of the types and functions of social institutions and systems that will help you prepare for the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies exam. Explanations of these concepts are supported by definitions and detailed examples. A complete review of this material should result in the following:

  • Defining and providing examples of social institutions
  • Relating the theories of sociologist Robert K. Merton
  • Explaining the different types of family systems
  • Exploring the types of approaches to economic systems
  • Understanding the societal functions of schools
  • Identifying types of political systems
  • Realizing the role of religion in society
  • Listing types of social constraints
  • Naming the steps involved in the social change process
  • Describing the five types of social interaction
  • Detailing various aspects and the importance of sociology

Use the lessons to not only review but possibly learn new facts about the types and roles of social systems. The self-assessment quizzes accompanying each lessons are great tools to measure what you have gone over by answering the same type of multiple-choice questions you might find on the actual OAE Middle Grades Social Studies exam.

11 Lessons in Chapter 37: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Social Institutions
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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.

Robert K. Merton: Theories and Functionalism

2. 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.

Family Systems: Definition and Types

3. Family Systems: Definition and Types

Families come in all shapes and sizes. In this lesson, we'll examine what makes a family, as well as some common types of families, including nuclear, matrifocal, extended, and blended families.

Economic Systems: Formal & Substantive Approaches

4. Economic Systems: Formal & Substantive Approaches

Today's lesson on the substantive versus formal approaches to economics is rather simple to grasp despite the way these names may sound. Learn about these terms and their origin and see some tangible examples of each.

Functions of School: Socialization, Cultural Innovation, Integration & Latent Functions

5. Functions of School: Socialization, Cultural Innovation, Integration & Latent Functions

Schools serve a number of functions in our society beyond just transmitting academic knowledge and skills. In this lesson, we differentiate between manifest and latent functions of schools and discuss examples of each.

Political System: Types & Definition

6. Political System: Types & Definition

How many different ways can human societies organize their governments? In this lesson, we'll examine some common political systems used throughout history and see how they compare.

What Is Religion? - Definition & Role in Society

7. What Is Religion? - Definition & Role in Society

This lesson will focus on the traits of religion. Using the works of Tillich and Noss, it will highlight religion's belief in the supernatural, its inclusion of a moral code, and its use of prescribed ritual acts.

Types of Social Control: Customs, Laws & War

8. Types of Social Control: Customs, Laws & War

This lesson will seek to explain the different social controls or constraints that exist in societies around the globe. In doing so, it will highlight the concepts of customs, laws, and war.

What is Social Change? - Forms & Definition

9. 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.

Social Interactions: Definition & Types

10. Social Interactions: Definition & Types

Social interactions are the processes by which we act and react to those around us. Let's examine the different types of social interactions and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Why Is Sociology Important? - Applications in Public Policy, Social Change & Personal Growth

11. Why Is Sociology Important? - Applications in Public Policy, Social Change & Personal Growth

How can theoretical and abstract ideas from sociology be used in the 'real world?' This lesson covers three applications of sociology. First, we'll discuss public policy, such as welfare. Second, we'll cover social change, including change in the economy, cities, and politics. Finally, sociology is applied to personal growth, including motivation and citizenship.

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