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Course, English department, fall semester, 3 credits

¹ Item Question
1. Define the term of sociological imagination
2. Revise the types of suicide, explain the most important factor for it according to Durkheim
3. Consider functionalist perspective of society
4. Reflect the main ideas of Auguste Comte about the development of society
5. Review conflict theory perspective of society
6. Reflect main ideas of symbolic interactionist view of the society
7. Analyze the importance of a research question in a research process
8. Highlight main points of Charles Horton Cooley’s “Looking-glass self” concept
9. Define and provide example of George Herbert Mead’s “Significant others” and “Generalized others” concepts.
10. Name main agents of socialization process and analyze their influence.
11. Talking about social interaction, how do you think human behavior is not random, patterned and for the most part predictable. Support your opinion
12. Reflect the differences and give examples for ascribed, achieved and master statuses
13. Underline the main difference between social group and social aggregate and define the most important factor forming social groups
14. Provide definitions and examples of each of the following types of religion - Supernaturalism, animism, theism.
15. Compare and contrast primary socialization, secondary socialization, and resocialization.
16. Highlight points that draws attention of social-conflict approach
17. Give definition and underline differences of intergenerational social mobility and intragenerational social mobility
18. Provide strong arguments explaining why family is so important to the socialization process
19. The problems of childhood and adolescence have changed over the past half-century. State new problems that have emerged and explain how these impact the lives of children and adolescents.
20. Name external and internal mechanisms of social control. Give an example of positive rewards and negative punishment
21. Highlight the main interests of Goffman’s dramaturgical approach
22. Describe and analyze the difference between sociology and journalism
23. Underline main points of biological theories of deviant behavior (Lombroso, Sheldon, Hooten)
24. Represent research process and its main stages.
25. Provide an explanation for the essence of Sapir-Wolf hypothesis and its importance for culture.
26. Talking about social stratification, name factors that determine a person’s social class and determine factors that person have control over and of which have no control over
27. According to the movie watched in class “how to lose a guy in ten days” analyze gender differences in social interaction
28. We often think that falling in love and selecting a marriage partner are matters of the heart, of individual preferences, or chemistry. List some of the ways that these matters are in fact socially structured. Name social forces constrain who we fall in love with and marry.
29. Reviewing social groups, define, give examples for reference groups and highlight its importance in our everyday life
30. Compare the concepts of ethnocentrism and cultural relativism.
31. Analyzing factors of gender inequality provide viewpoints of the functionalism, conflict theory
32. Describe the process of gender role socialization and its features
33. State the two sides of the “nature-nurture” debate. Support your position.
34. State and contrast differences and similarities of class and caste system.
35. Give your own view to the point of emerging a global culture. Do you regard the prospect of a global culture as positive or negative, support your position.
36. Robert Putnam argues that Television detracts from social interaction and the general level of citizen involvement. But among young people today, some television time has given way to time spent online. Explain if sitting in front of a computer screen different from sitting in front of a TV screen and how does the Internet affect social interaction. Support your position.
37. Describe the major pattern of job discrimination which are related to gender in Kazakhstan
38. Explain Erving Goffman’s idea that we engage in a “presentation of self”. Name the elements of this presentation. Apply this approach to an analysis of a professor teaching a class.
39. Explore differences between primary groups and secondary groups. Give examples of each in your own life.
40. Analyze differences between the concepts “sex” and “gender”. Define in what ways they are related.
41. Sociologists point to ways in which family life reflects not just individual choices but the structure of society as well. Provide three examples of how society shapes family life.
42. Overall, how do you think families in Kazakhstan are becoming weaker or simply more diverse, support your position.
43. We usually think that deviance is dysfunctional for the society in which it occurs, but explain what functions it can serve for the society.
44. Name central concepts and questions guide the symbolic interactionist perspective. State and analyze the major shortcomings of this perspective.
45. Analyse if criminals are born or made. Explain what crime is and what deviance is. Outline Lombroso’s Theory – is its ‘legacy’ still relevant today, support your position.
46. The most popular television show of 2009 is M.D. House, which revolves around a brainy but belligerent physician and his colleagues at an upscale New Jersey Hospital. None of the main characters in the show is married; none has children; and none gets along well with parents. Considering family issues today, try to explain why this might be the case.
47. Responding to an ad in the newspaper, a group of strangers gets together to form a computer users club. Discuss from a sociological point of view the six tasks these people must successfully accomplish to create a viable group.
48. Choose a religion with which you are familiar and show how it fulfils the four major functions of religion.
49. Discuss problems posed by traditional gender-role socialization for women and men
50. Revising norms, folkways, and mores, define missing concept: cheating on a final examination is an example of violating university ______ and construct reasoning for this, support your opinion.
51. Remembering idea of gender stratification, there is a “beauty myth” in global society. Provide explanation what it means, and state and support your own position.


Exam works will be evaluated by 100 points scale, taking into account the degree of completeness of student’s response.


Points 1 question grade 2 question grade 3 question grade
90-100 (excellent) 26-30 32-35 32-35
75-89 (good) 23-27 26-31 26-31
50-74 (satisfactory) 14-22 18-26 18-26
0-49 (unsatisfactory) 0-15 0-17 0-17



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