Tutorial 04

Estimated Reading Time 00:02:33

Tutorial by Josh Curtis

Starting points lecture 9 and 10
Readings in Sociology all: 1,2,3,5,6,14,15,16

3 or 4 different areas that we should focus on
Take a look at these then we shouldn’t have problems with the politics section

Past exam library:

Can’t take them out, but can look them over
Also repository at Robarts (?) or “wherever this room is”

“I found this today.” -Josh Curtis

Exam’s controlled
Only a certain number of exams in each room

33 Reading Sociology
New: section 14 (states and Gov): 4 new chapters
Old: 35 chapters (7 sections)

“Basically one question from every chapter.” – Josh Curtis

There’s 35 chapters, but 20 or so questions. What should be study for?
-Come up with one-paragraph summaries.
-It’s not possible to memorize every single point

35 Starting Ponts
New: Politics/Social Movements

82 Lectures
-Study the slides he hasn’t posted

“If you miss 5 classes, that could be 50% of the exam.” – Josh Curtis

“The easy part is the Starting Points part: every bolded term, memorize.” – Josh Curtis

Multiple choice questions will likely come from:
1)Main arguments of the papers (theoretical or empirical?)
2)The key sociological figures
etc etc repetitive

Chapter 57: Redistribution

Explore the relationship between social expenditures and public opinion
**Main conclusion**: people are affected by the political and economic conditions that they experience but **not by level of social spending per se**

The Debate/Puzzle
–Governments in power maximize chance of reelection by responding to public preferences
–people’s ____ to shape the economy itself

Public spending at its highest in 1990s. Is is what people wanted? (with some graphs to prove the point).

“Something like that, alright?” – Josh Curtis

1)What’s the strongest influence of public opinion?
2)When is public support for welfare spending highest?
3)What factors do not have a strong influence on public..

^ “All pass exam questions.” – Josh Curtis

Chapter 56
“Canada’s Rights Revolution”

Show historically social movements and how the way we research social movements has changed in Canada.

1)What are social movement organizations?
2)Discussion of human rights: a)significant advances, etc
3)What should be done in Canada?

Chapter 58
“Target/Universal Social Policy”
Which type of policy works best?

Target: money just for certain groups that the government say are marginalized.
Universal: free for all.
Canada’s in the middle
Scandinavia’s pretty universal

The paper’s pretty political and the author clearly favours one of these two.

All countries part of EU are part of a unified policy-making group.

Purpose: The problem of declining universalism and its effects on European countries.

Key ideas: EU social policy decisions represents …

States at the outset:
“Capitalists economies cannot function without adequate policy making.”

Neoliberalism: ideology based on the advocacy of economic liberalization and open markets, and deregulation. The government doesn’t have any responsibility. Commodification of labour.

Decommodification: …

Chapter 55: Counting, Caste, and Confusion
Describes who the census have changed in India to overcome the caste system.

Will post the slides on Friday.

Should be fine on this section.


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