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Ch 1: Social Change Over Time: Intro to Sociology Lesson Plans

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The Social Change Over Time: Intro to Sociology chapter of this Introductory Sociology Syllabus Resource and Lesson Plans course is designed to help you plan and teach important social influences and movements in the US and Europe 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 Social Change Over Time: Intro to Sociology chapter into a 5-day 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 Rural to urban migration; growth of cities History of the rural to urban movement across the U.S. and Europe; growth of cities, gentrification, the concentric zone model, Ferdinand Tonnies and Ernest W. Burgess
Tuesday Population growth; demographic changes; population change Malthusian theory vs. demographic transition theory; fertility, infant mortality rate, demography and crude birthrate; discussion of terms, such as migration, mortality, death rate, life expectancy and age-sex pyramid
Wednesday The environment; dilemmas of mass society Global warming, environmental deficit, clean water, land shortages and declining rain forest; moral panic, mass behavior and mass hysteria
Thursday Collective behavior; crowd behavior; mass behavior Mobs, riots and four types of crowds, such as acting, casual, expressive and conventional; three crowd theories: emergent norm theory, contagion theory and convergence theory; fads, rumors, gossip, fashion and propaganda
Friday Social movement theories, stages and definitions Theories including culture, mass-society, resource-mobilization and deprivation; social movement stages such as decline, emergence, bureaucratization and coalescence; four types of social movement definitions: redemptive, revolutionary, alternative and reformative
15 Lessons in Chapter 1: Social Change Over Time: Intro to Sociology Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Collective Behavior: Crowd Types, Mobs & Riots

1. Collective Behavior: Crowd Types, Mobs & Riots

Collective behavior refers to events that suddenly emerge. These events do not conform to rules or laws but instead are shaped based on the issue at hand. This lesson discusses the forms of collective behavior: crowds, mobs and riots.

Crowd Behavior: Contagion, Convergence & Emergent Norm Theory

2. Crowd Behavior: Contagion, Convergence & Emergent Norm Theory

Why do people act differently in crowds than they do individually? In this lesson, we will discuss three different theories to explain crowd behavior: contagion theory, convergence theory, and emergent norm theory.

Demographic Changes from Fertility and Birthrates

3. Demographic Changes from Fertility and Birthrates

Demographers focus on specific indicators of change in human populations. Two of the most important indicators are birth and death rates, or fertility and mortality. In this lesson, we will discuss the definitions of demography, fertility and mortality and their impact on a population.

Environmental Impact: Society's Relationship and Issues

4. Environmental Impact: Society's Relationship and Issues

In this lesson, we will discuss global warming, pollution and loss of habitat. Learn how the burning of fossil fuels and the clearing of forests lead to global warming by increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere.

Historical Growth of Cities: Gemeinschaft, Gesellschaft, Gentrification & the Concentric Zone Model

5. Historical Growth of Cities: Gemeinschaft, Gesellschaft, Gentrification & the Concentric Zone Model

In this lesson, we will discuss the contributions to classifying social change of two social scientists: Ferdinand Tonnies and Ernest W. Burgess. We will study concepts that include gemeinschaft, gesellschaft and gentrification.

Mass Hysteria & Moral Panic: Definitions, Causes & Examples

6. Mass Hysteria & Moral Panic: Definitions, Causes & Examples

What do the fabled chicken little and the band KISS have in common? In this lesson we will discuss mass hysteria and moral panic by using specific examples of each and comparing the causes of these phenomena.

Migration from Rural to Urban Settings in Europe and the U.S.: History and Effects

7. Migration from Rural to Urban Settings in Europe and the U.S.: History and Effects

In this lesson, we will discuss some of the causes for people to migrate from a rural setting to an urban setting in Europe and in America. We will also learn the difference between immigration and emigration.

Population Change from Aging, Death, and Migration

8. Population Change from Aging, Death, and Migration

Fertility, mortality and migration are principal determinants of how a population can change, and they are at the very core of demographic studies. In this lesson, we will discuss how a population can change from fertility (birth), mortality (death), and migration.

Population Growth: Demographic Transition and Malthusian Theories

9. Population Growth: Demographic Transition and Malthusian Theories

Population growth is not as simple as watching the total number of humans rise each year. This lesson explores how the experts actually calculate population growth rates, and how different theories explain why various regions of the world experience population growth changes in such different ways.

Social Movement Definitions: Alternative, Redemptive, Reformative & Revolutionary

10. Social Movement Definitions: Alternative, Redemptive, Reformative & Revolutionary

Social movements can occur at the individual level or the societal level and can advocate for either minor or radical changes. This lesson will cover four kinds of social movements: alternative, redemptive, reformative, and revolutionary.

Social Movement Stages: Emergence, Coalescence, Bureaucratization & Decline

11. Social Movement Stages: Emergence, Coalescence, Bureaucratization & Decline

Although social movements around the world differ from each other in many ways, they all generally go through a life cycle marked by the progressive stages of emergence, coalescence, bureaucratization, and decline. In this lesson we will discuss the four stages of social movements.

Social Movement: Theories and Motives

12. Social Movement: Theories and Motives

In this lesson, we will define what social movements are and discuss why they develop. We'll cover the deprivation theory, the mass-society theory and the structure strain theory, which are three theories that sociologists use to explain social movements.

Types of Mass Behavior: Definitions & Examples

13. Types of Mass Behavior: Definitions & Examples

Mass behavior is a type of social behavior. There are many different types of mass behavior. In this lesson, we will define and describe mass hysteria, rumors, gossip, fads, and fashions as examples of mass behavior.

What is Social Change? - Forms & Definition

14. 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.

Master Status in Sociology: Definition & Examples

15. Master Status in Sociology: Definition & Examples

This lesson provides examples of master status, and describes the importance it plays in our lives and the lives of everyone around us. You'll consider what your own master status is, and take a quiz to check your understanding of the concept.

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