Ch 7: Social Groups & Organizations: Intro to Sociology Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Social Groups & Organizations chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach important aspects of group functioning 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 Groups & Organizations 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 Types of social groups and leadership styles Primary and secondary groups, reference groups, impersonal groups, close-knit groups;
Instrumental and expressive leadership; goal achievement, group cohesion, group consensus, decisions without group input
Tuesday Social conformity and groupthink Fitting in, desire to be liked, desire to be right, conformity vs. obedience, groupthink, Milgram and Asch, Challenger launch decision
Wednesday Group effects, dyads, triads and in-groups and out-groups Less effort, sucker effect, free-rider effect, group dynamics, influence of a third person, group identification
Thursday Formal organization structure Three types of organization structure;
Specific goal, division of labor, replacing members, force, bartering
Friday Max Weber and George Ritzer Verstehen, rationalization and bureaucracy; four types of rationality; understanding group interaction and purpose, reason, practical rationality, 'McDonalizing', fast food dominance, predictability, calculability, efficiency

10 Lessons in Chapter 7: Social Groups & Organizations: Intro to Sociology Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Formal Organization Structure: Utilitarian, Normative & Coercive

1. Formal Organization Structure: Utilitarian, Normative & Coercive

Our modern society is filled with groups of people that range from small families to giant corporations. In this lesson, we discuss the characteristics that must be present in order for a group to be considered a formal organization. We also discuss the differences between coercive, utilitarian, and normative organizations.

George Ritzer and the McDonaldization of Society: Definition and Principles

2. George Ritzer and the McDonaldization of Society: Definition and Principles

George Ritzer authored 'The McDonaldization of Society' in 1993, and it remains one of the bestselling sociology books of all time. In this lesson, we discuss his concept of McDonaldization and the four main characteristics of McDonaldization that he describes.

Leadership Styles and Types: Authoritarian, Laissez-Faire & Democratic

3. Leadership Styles and Types: Authoritarian, Laissez-Faire & Democratic

Most of us are members of many different social groups, and several of those groups have leaders. In this lesson, we define and discuss both instrumental and expressive leadership in groups. We also cover three leadership decision-making styles: authoritarian, democratic, and laissez-faire.

Max Weber: Verstehen and the Rationalization of Society

4. Max Weber: Verstehen and the Rationalization of Society

Max Weber's work has had a profound impact on sociology. In this lesson, we define and discuss his theory of rationalization and how it has changed social groups and society as a whole over time. We also discuss Weber's other related theories of Verstehen and the iron cage.

Social Conformity Definition: Normative vs. Informational

5. Social Conformity Definition: Normative vs. Informational

Social conformity and obedience are two very powerful phenomenons in human behavior and sociology. In this lesson, we discuss the two types of social conformity and differentiate between conformity and obedience. We also discuss two famous experiments by Solomon Asch and Stanley Milgram.

Social Groups: Dyad and Triad & In-Groups and Out-Groups

6. Social Groups: Dyad and Triad & In-Groups and Out-Groups

How big are your social groups? How do you decide who to include in those groups? In this lesson, we discuss how group size can affect group dynamics and relationships. We also discuss group membership and differentiate between in-groups and out-groups.

Social Loafing & Social Facilitation: Definition and Effects of Groups

7. Social Loafing & Social Facilitation: Definition and Effects of Groups

Do you prefer to work in a group or by yourself? Why? Working in a group certainly has a number of advantages and disadvantages. In this lesson, we discuss three phenomena that can occur as a result of working in groups: groupthink, social loafing, and social facilitation.

Types of Social Groups: Primary, Secondary and Reference Groups

8. Types of Social Groups: Primary, Secondary and Reference Groups

The study of social groups is a main focus of many sociologists. In this lesson, we define social groups and differentiate between several different types including primary, secondary, and reference groups.

Groupthink: Definition & Examples

9. Groupthink: Definition & Examples

Some groups are quick to make decisions to maintain cohesion, but this can be a critical mistake to make. This lesson explains the concept of groupthink using the Challenger explosion as an example.

Interactionism in Sociology: Definition & Examples

10. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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