Tutorial 04

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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.

Tutorial 03

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I burned my right hand on a soldering iron today. D’:
So uh, today is not my best note-taking day.
These are about as much as I can get down typing with my left hand.

Tutorial 03

Josh Kurtis

1) explain test structure
2) discuss 3 chapters

4 chapters in SP + 4 chapters in RS

20 from RS
20 from lectures
60 from SP

Final only has 35 reading soc questions (?)

2.identify main argument
3.important names

College drinking

dilemma: people who get into college are healthier later on in life
but why do college students damage themselves by drinking, then?

all behaviour need to be compared to others
do you think that same age, non-college people drink as much?
do you think you drink more than other people

2. Do you think there’s something at UofT that makes it different in terms of drinking culture?
3. Do you think that campus culture promotes drinking?

Due to work schedule
“I drank everyday after work when I was working in the summer as an undergrad.” -Josh Curtis

UofT has no “central” feel.
When you are with like-minded others, you’ll be influenced more easily.

The idea that student’s drinking behaviour is affected by the drinking norms of their campus is a principle of:

Disconnect: higher education leads to healthier lives in general but college students drink.


Arranged Marriage

One of the arguments:
divorce rate of arranged marriage: 50% (15%)?
divorce rate in Canada: 40%


Which hypothesis predicts the collapse of arranged marriage system in India?
modernization theory.

Critique: Only interviewed 15 affluent men/women from one region in India.

Duality of Diversity
Immigration: “generational effects”
Second generation immigrants.

Tutorial 02

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Tutorial 02

Josh Curtis

Exam breakdown:
15 Reading Sociology (14 chapters)
19 Lectures (4 lectures)
66 Starting Points (4 chapters)

Be strategic and helpful about each chapter in RS.

Think strategically

Questions from Starting Points:
-Identify theories?
-Keywords that are bolded in the text (definitions)?
1.Bolded terms
2a.Important Sociological Figures
“According to C. Wright Mills, the sociological imagination is _______.”
2b.Major theoretical applications
“Functionalist theory would interpret population growth as _____.”
3.Empirical findings, historical events, etc (admittedly the hardest)
“Two revolutions that particularly influenced the rise of sociology were the ____ and the ____.”

For a 90:
Guarantee: at least 15 – 20 questions on differences!

Questions from Reading Sociology:
These are case studies. Testing your ability to “navigate through the fluff.”

Studying for the test:
1.The purpose/debate of the article
(If well written, at beginning)
2.Main findings
(Introduced, then repeated at the end)
3.The implications this finding has
(At the end)

1.What is the purpose?
2.Identify main argument
3.Identify all key terms and key figures. How do they relate? (Don’t really worry about this part.)

“I’ve spent no more than one minute reading each chapter in RS.”
-Josh Curtis

Chapter 5.

The tone immediately is set in the paper. It sets the stage. Have half a page/one page summary notes about what it’s about and why it’s important.

Main point:
-Division between English and French Canada
-Trends in development of sociology in these two factions

Chapter 7

“A lot of sociology nowadays has turned into the more ‘common-sense, cultural’ stuff, and you need to ask yourselves: ‘what is sociological about these articles’?” -Josh Curtis

What are people turning to ‘self-help’ advice for?
-accessibility, low cost, etc.

Why has this happened?
key social structures when people once easily obtained information have changed. Norms and values might be less rigid.

The puzzle?
All in the first paragraph.

Chapter 6

Identify the purpose and evidence

What’s he arguing?
The link between social construction of masculinity and the consumption of porn.
Relationship between masculinity, technology, and pornography.
Critique of Robert Jensen.

“At this time, porn lost its politically subversive qualities and became merely a means of displaying women’s bodies for the purpose of men’s sexual arousal.” (POTENTIALLY IMPORTANT)

KK bye.