Jeff Miller

Auguste Comte - Father of Sociology


259 Honors Sociology (second semester) 1/2 Credit

The field of Sociology will be introduced, and the sociological perspective and research skills will be used to investigate issues such as social structure and control, cultural diversity, class, and prejudice. Outside readings and research are essential requirements of this course.

Prerequisite: 70 or above in Honors US History, or 90 or above in US History, or completion of 3 Social Studies credits.

Syllabus 2013


Sociology Websites

The Society Pages


Unit 1

What is Sociology?

Time Life/Getty Images

"The powers of ordinary men are circumscribed by the everyday worlds in which they live, yet even in these rounds of job, family and neighborhood they often seem driven by forces they can neither understand nor govern."

Sociologist C. Wright Mills, circa 1950s


Unit Focusing Question: What is society and how does one study it?

Unit 1 Plan

(January 14th - February 1st, 2013)

 Chapter 1 - Mills Essay Assignment

 Chapter 2 - Collage Project & Brainstorm Worksheet (see Sociology Web Site for examples)


Interesting Links

Inside an Amish Trade Show

"Eat, Drink & Be Nice" NYT on modern etiquette edu for kids

New York Times Book Review - Mills

China & The Language of Ostentation

"Why Mental Pictures Can Sway Your Moral Judgement"

The Growth of the "Nones" - a lack of religion in youth today

Jared Diamond's "The World Until Yesterday" - Language in Traditional Societies


Unit 3

Social Movements - The Case of Occupy Wall Street & The Middle East


Shepard Fairey, Time Magazine, 2011

Unit 3 Plan


Part I.  Occupy Wall Street & V for Vendetta, and the "Critical Heterotopia"


Shepard Fairey, 2011

Focusing Question: Why has V’s mask become such a significant symbol to the Occupy Wall Street Movement? To what extent does, and should, the film V for Vendetta inform and inspire social revolution? i.e. is the film a valid representation of social revolution? 

Parental Permission Form

Movie Trailer

IMDB Parental Guide


Readings Part I 

Readings Part II

Readings Part III & Essay Expectations


Additional Links

Anonymous & 2013 State of the Union

Anonymous Hacks US Agencies

Doomsday Preppers

Anonymous Declares Internet War on Syria's Assad Regime

Dangers of On-line Hacking

George Orwell - "Politics and the English Language"

Generation X + Occupy

 Part II: Middle East Research

FQ: Can, and should, the nations of the world intervene and force social change in The Middle East?  Or, as in the case of Egypt, how can social change happen organically?

Assignment Guides

"Challenges for Middle Eastern Women" Close Reading Questions (soft text)

Middle East Research Assignment & Rubric

Saudi Solutions Video Guide

Book Discussion Guide

Great Research Apps!





Links & Resources for Contemporary Movements

Status of Nations = Huffington Post Map and CIA Factbook


Time Magazine's December 2011 The Protestor, Person of the Year

"Every Revolution is Revolutionary in its Own Way" - NY Times

Great Summary - VPR Commentary 2013

US Strategy Towards - NY Times

US Strategy Towards - Huffington Post

Time Magazine - Democracy in the Middle East

Arab Leader's Warning - Al Jazeera

Youth and Revolution - Time Magazine

BBC Coverage

NY Times Coverage

 House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East - Anthony Shadid (2/27/13)



Protests, Egypt & Rape - 2013
Gawker - On Rape in Tahrir Square

Is Morsi Just as Bad? - Protests over Constitution, absolute power and Islamic state

Asmaa Mahfouz or Wael Gohmin? Claims to the Revolution

Obama's 2009 Cairo University Speech

Fresh Air interview with Wael Gohmin

Daily News Egypt - Results by June

Presidential Nominations

Parliamentary Results

Egypt Cracks Down on US NGOs

Blame the West - Egyptian Xenophobia

NYT Timeline to the Revolution

Homeless Children & The Revolution

Election 2011 - Facts & Figures

College Campuses

New York Times Photo Essay 

MSN on How Mubarak Left

BBC Coverage - February 3rd "The Peaceful Revolution"

Guardian UK Coverage

AlJazeera Coverage

Revolution in Egypt

Alive in Egypt - Translated Blog

MIT Professor Noam Chompsky


Revolution 2.0 by Wael Gonhim

Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution by John R. Bradley

The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times by Mohamed ElBaradei

A Border Passage: From Cairo to America, A Woman's Journey by Leila Ahmed


Iran's Green Revolution

"Cover Your Eyes Woman" - Iran Woman Beats Up Cleric

Words from a Persecuted Filmmaker

Iranian Accused of Spying

"Shahs on Sunset" TV Show Review

Noam Chompsky on Iran

"Why We Can Live With a Nuclear Iran"

NYT Magazine - "Will Israel Attack Iran?" Feb. 2012

The Green Movement vs. Terrorist Organizations & US Policy

Huffington Post Coverage 2011

New York Times Coverage 2009

In the Rose Garden of Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran by Christopher DeBellaigue

My sister, Guard Your Veil; My Brother, Guard Your Eyes : Uncensored Iranian Voices edited by Lila Azam Zanganeh

 The Ayatollahs' Democracy : an Iranian Challenge by Majd Hooman

Things I've Been Silent About by Azar Nafisi

We Are Iran by Nasrin Alavi

Lipstick Jihad - Azadeh Moaveni

Young and Defiant in Tehran - Shahram Khosravi




Sgt. Bales - Afghans at the "end of the rope?"

Canadian Afghans Convicted in Honor Killings

2011 Loya Jirga - CSM

FMF's Campaign for Afghan Women

Revolutionary Association for the Women of Afghanistan

"After the Taliban, Women Still Suffer" - Guardian UK

Review of The Dressmaker...- NPR

The Dressmaker of Kahir Kahna - Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The Sewing Circles of Herat - Christina Lamb

Come Back to Afghanistan - Said Hyder Akbar

The Forever War - Dexter Filkins

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

Born Under a Million Shadows - Andrea Busfield

Saudi Arabia

House of Bush, House of Saud - Craig Unger


Banksy - West Bank Wall

Israel & Palestine

UN Recognition of Palestine as a Non-member State

"Should American Jews Boycott West Bank Settlements?" 4/12

Palestinians Request Statehood from UN - Sept. '11

Israeli Protests & the Anti-Settlement Movement

Al Jazeera on Israeli Summer

Social Movements via Worldwide Legitimation

US Policy Towards

The Jerusalem Post - Israel's English Language Daily

AL Jazeera on Miral

Jersualem Post on Miral

When the Birds Stopped Stinging - Raja Shehadeh

I Saw Ramallah - Mourid Barghouti

Miral - Rula Jebreal


A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution by Samar Yazbek
Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria by Lisa Wedeen
The Struggle for Power in Syria - Nikolaos van Dam
Syria: A Decade of Lost Chances - Carsten Wieland



Other Movements

Malala Yousafzai - Pakistanian Female Education Advocate

Sikh Woman & Body Hair

Muslim Women & Photography

Syrians Utilize Internet

Agitation in China

Syrian Revolution - NYT overview

"Is China Ripe for a Revolution?" - NYT

Bahraini difficulty

Pakistanian Violence - "Noon" a Novel

Gaddafi's Compound Seized in Libyia - 8/24/11

Al Jazeera on Libya

"Syrians Want Their Own Tahrir Square"

The 2nd Jasmine Revolution

States and Women's RIghts: The Making of Post-Colonial Tunisia, Algeria & Morocco


Buddhist Monks Lead Largest Protest - BBC

Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi


On Social Movements

North Korea - Changing or Resisting? 4/12

Cracking down on US protests... new laws 2012

Challenges to Theories of Resource Mobilization

Analyzing "Between the Tweets"

Abstract - "The Revolution Will be Networked"

CUA Lecture on Social Media

Sharon Waxman on Egypt + Social Media

"Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not be Tweeted"

Inside Higher Ed - "The Revolution Will Not be Tweeted"

Unit 5


Focusing Question Unit 5:  How are minority groups a social construction, and what effect have those social constructions had on the rights and relations of human beings?

Unit 5 Plan

Chapter 6 - Adolescence

Assignment to be completed by Thursday, May 17th's Class:

Read the articles below, identify the author/s, the main idea, any key domain terms (and non-domain terms), and supporting cultural facts and details.

Rites of Passage - The Maasai: Boys to Men  & Maasai Women & FGM


National Geographic on Teen Brains 10/11

UVM Study on Teens, Impulsivity & Addiction 5/12

Fact Check on the "Boomerang Generation"


Chapter 11 - Gender

Generation M: Movie Trailer, Assignment, Parental Consent Letter 


Facebook, Censorship & Rape Culture

The Media on the Stubenville Rape Case

Female Facebook CEO on Women & Power

The Price of Marriage in China

White House Petition - Stop using "Wives, Mothers & Daughters"

Women Increasingly Paying More Alimony

Pheonix Suns CEO Says He's Gay

Women vs. Walmart

The It Gets Better Project

The Man Box


Trayvon Martin, murdered Feb. 2012                                                

Chapter 10 - Race & Ethnicity



US Census 2010

AZ Immigration Law & Prison Influence Moodle Assignment

Teaching Tolerance's "Examining Your School Climate"

Take the "Teaching Tolerence" Survey HERE


Additional Links of Interest

"France Twitter Lawsuit Places Free Speech Against Hate Speech"

Obama's Second Term Push Towards New Path to Citizenship

Immigration Equality

Jewish Student's Mouth Stapled in Hate Crime - August 2012

October 2012 - Supreme Court to revisit Affirmative Action

Zimmerman is Charged

Black Man gets life in "Stand Your Ground" state

"From OJ to Trayvon"

The VT Generation Gap

Housing Discrimination in VT

"Twenty-First Century Slave Patrol"

A Mom's Advice to Her Young, Black Sons

Al Sharpton Joins Protest for Trayvon Martin

"The End of Segregation?" - The Manhattan Institute on Policy

Toure on "Post-Black"

Vermont Reads: Race, VT & To Kill A Mockingbird

UVM Prof Emily Bernard - "Color Blind"

New York Times on Immigration Detention

       TV and Interracial Couples

White Hispanics


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