Module 3: Social Structure, Interaction, and the Economy

Social Structure, Interaction, and the Economy: Learning Objectives

Summarize changes in economic systems from preindustrial to postindustrial societies and describe trends in inequality associated with each

Identify elements of the social structure (culture, class, status, roles, groups, and institutions) and analyze how they influence our behavior

Identify various statuses we occupy and roles we play within the social structure

Compare and contrast achieved, ascribed, and master statuses

Compare and contrast organic versus mechanical solidarity

Compare and contrast capitalist and socialist economic systems and their critiques

Describe globalization and its impacts on consumers, labor, cultures, and other institutions (politics, families, etc.)