Sociology Discussion


  • Read Chapter 1, Understanding Sociology, in your text (or if your textbook is delayed you may use the Chapter 1 Lecture notes and/or PPT slides from the Course Resources folder).  Your assignment must be informed by information from the chapter or class. No outside/web sources, please.
  • Attend the Week 1 Keiser Live! session or view the recording.
  • Review the Purdue OWL for instructions and examples of formatting in text citations and references.  In-text citations go in the paragraph and the reference list is located after the Word Count at the end of your paper. 

Think about the sociologists profiled in the chapter. 

  • Whose work seems most relevant to today’s social problems (e.g.: gender inequality, racial/ethnic inequality, homophobia, poverty, crime, health care, etc.)?
  • In what ways are his/her work still relevant?  How might her/his ideas inform current efforts to promote equality?

Here is an example of an initial post that would earn an “A” grade (it includes everything required from the instructions above):

Racism is still a social issue in the US, so I can see how W.E.B. Dubois’ work is still relevant. According to Schaefer (2019), DuBois focused his work on the experience of racial minorities so that sociological research could help contribute to overall racial equality. DuBois argued that research was needed on minorities so that their experiences could be included in social policy (Schaefer, 2019), and it is important to keep doing that now.  Continuing to include all people in research so we know what everyone experiences and how lives are similar and different is important if we want to work to reduce discrimination.  If it weren’t for DuBois research, we probably wouldn’t know about the double consciousness that he described as “the division of an individual’s identity into two or more social realities” (Schaefer, 2019, p. 12).  Here he is referring to the dual-lives that people of color live as a result of discrimination.  According to Schaefer (2015), DuBois “believed that knowledge was essential in combating prejudice and achieving tolerance and justice” (p. 11). This perspective applies still today since the more we know about other groups, the better off we can be as a society in terms of racism. When we understand that different races are not really all that different and how much we can benefit from diversity, we will be in a much better place as a society.
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Schaefer, R. T. (2019).  Sociology: A brief introduction (13th ed). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Now that you have instructions and an example, select a theorist who interests YOU and relate his/her ideas to current social problems (e.g., sexism, homophobia, racism, poverty, health care, crime) and complete the assignment.  

responses to two other student initial posts


Discussion Board Week One

“Chapter One Sociology Theories”

            In this week’s initial discussion board post, we will be discussing the topic of, “Chapter One Sociology Theories,” and which theory most relates to today’s social problems, such as: gender inequality, racial/ethnic inequality, homophobia, poverty, crime, health care, etc. To better understand the topic of this week’s discussion board, I believe it is important to first begin with the definition of sociology. 

According to our textbook, “Sociology is, simply, the scientific study of social behavior and human groups. It focuses on social relationships; how those relationships influence people’s behavior; and how societies, the sum total of those relationships, develop and change,” (Schaefer, 2019). Though there have been many theorists, that have created their own sociology theory, the theorist that I find to have the most relevance in one of today’s most dire social problem of racial inequality, would be W. E. B. DuBois. 

Unfortunately, in recent events over the last few years, it has been acknowledged by many that racism is a major social problem that is shaking our nation to the core. I believe that the work of W. E. B. DuBois could be used in the fight against racism. DuBois frequently challenged the status quo and questioned the established social order, in which, many of the peaceful protests are trying to do the same. However, one of the most interesting ideas that W. E. B. Dubois spoke of was double consciousness; Double consciousness refers to the division of an individual’s identity into two or more social realities (Schaefer, 2019). By creating the term double consciousness, he was better able to describe the experience of being Black in America, which I find to be a growing topic in today’s society.

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Schaefer, R. T. (2019). W. E. B. DuBois. Sociology: A Brief Introduction. (13e). 10. McGraw-Hill Education. 


One of the social problems that American society still faces is racial and ethnic inequality; thus, W. E. B. DuBois’s work continues to be a reference to combat this dilemma. DuBois proposed that to make an accurate study of society in the United States, the African Americans’ experiences and living conditions should be including (Schaefer, 2019). Corresponding to Schaefer (2019), DuBois considered that understanding the struggles suffered by minorities was crucial in reducing prejudice and accomplishing tolerance and justice. DuBois’s point of view of tolerance is significant because it advocates that it plays a substantial role in eradicating racial intolerance. DuBois’s main target was discrimination in education and employment. To eliminate it, he proposed that giving brimful political rights to African Americans was vital to their social and economic growth (Schaefer, 2019). DuBois’s work remains relevant today because the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), of which he was a founder, continues to fight for African Americans’ rights and justice (Schaefer, 2019). NAACP keeps battling for black communities because still exists inequality in opportunities, privileges, and police abuse. DuBois’s point of view of tolerance is significant because it advocates that it plays a substantial role in eradicating racial intolerance. The elimination of discrimination and prejudice of race and color is one of United States society’s primary challenges because some people still believe that they are a superior race. However, schools’ education and vigorous measures against people or organizations that promote racism can eradicate these thoughts.

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Schaefer, R. T. (2019).  Sociology: A brief introduction (13th ed). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

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