Discuss the importance of social structure from a global perspective.

 Discuss the importance of social structure from a global perspective.

 (course objective 5.9) When we look out beyond our own society we see that there are many variations of social structure.  These variations have real consequences for the interactions between nations because they result in different ways of life for the people of those nations.  In fact even within our nation, or any nation, we can find variations of social structure.

  • What causes these variations? 
  • What factors made them as they are? 
  • What factors cause further changes?
  •  What is the effect on one society when another one changes? 
  • What is the effect on a society when structural changes affect different parts of it unevenly or at later times?

 

If we can come to a better understanding of the answers to these questions we have a better chance of understanding global, national and political events.

Objective 5.9 has two parts. Both use technological change to understand global variation.

The first (5.9.1) looks at fundamental concepts from Durkheim and Lenski about the relationship between technology and the way we interact and form groups.  The second (5.9.2) takes a longer view of society and tries to explain, or at least categorize the way we got to be the kinds of societies we are.

Objective

Discuss the importance of social structure from a global perspective.

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Evaluation  Quiz 5.9
Additional resources You should review the video Guns Germs and Steel, parts 1-6 available at YouTube. 
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