4.1) What are some ways in which our American culture stratifies people? See how long of a list you can come up with. Why do societies stratify? What do you think are the functions of stratification?
4.2) How do we in the United States measure social mobility? How does social class and life chance play out in social mobility? Where do you see yourself 10 years from now regarding your place in society? Why?
5.1) Evaluate the positive and negative effects of Affirmative Action in the United States. Target current issues, trends, and demographics.
5.2) Discuss the concept of equality. Do you see equality happening in our society? Why or why not? Describe your personal observations of inequality.
6.1) What global forces are affecting the U.S. economy and politics? How do those global forces affect your own life? Discuss.
6.2) In the once popular television show, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, did this show depict a typical American family? Why or why not? What is going on with the American family today? What historical events have played a role in shaping American family life? What do you see for the future of the U.S. family? How do religion and education impact the future of the U.S. family?
7.1) How has technology affected your life? Be specific as to what changes, and in what ways.
7.2) Do you believe the long-term consequences of increased technological dependence are going to be good or bad? Explain. How do you see technology’s effect on society 20 years from now?