A public education rapid transit system

e. Explain the role of total institutions.

This sub-unit is covered concurrently with Unit 3: Socialization and Social Control - SSSocSC2: Social Deviance

Education

Government/Politics

d. Analyze the functions and inequalities of the criminal justice system in relationship to a society’s construct of crime and punishment.

Media

Family

Healthcare

FRONTLINE Sick Around the World (2008): travel to Germany with correspondent T.R. Reid and discuss the benefits of this country’s market-based health care system.


Five capitalist democracies around the world - Japan, Taiwan, Switzerland, Great Britain, and Germany - all have health care systems that provide health care for everyone. They have higher life expectancies, lower infant mortality rates, and spend less money than the U.S. for health care. At any given time, at least 45 million Americans do not have health insurance. What lessons can the U.S. learn about health care from other countries?

FRONTLINE - Is Wal-Mart good for America? (2004) FRONTLINE offers two starkly contrasting images: one of empty storefronts in Circleville, Ohio, where the local TV manufacturing plant has closed down; the other — a sea of high rises in the South China boomtown of Shenzhen.

Secret State of North Korea (2014): FRONTLINE shines a light on the hidden world of the North Korean people, drawing on undercover footage from inside the country as well as interviews with defectors who are trying to chisel away at the regime’s influence.

Waiting for Superman (2010)  is a film by director Davis Guggenheim investigates the public school system in the United States, and uncovers the many ways in which education in America has declined.

Economy

Unit 3: Socialization and Social Control
SSSocSC4: Social Institutions

  • a. Analyze the function of social institutions in society; include family, education, religion, economy, government/politics, health care, and media.

  • b. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various social institutions.

  • c. Evaluate other possible social institutions such as sports.

  • d. Analyze the functions and inequalities of the criminal justice system in relationship to a society’s construct of crime and punishment.

  • e. Explain the role of total institutions.

  • f. Analyze the re-socialization process.

Selling Sickness (2004):  explores the unhealthy relationships between society, medical science and the pharmaceutical industry as they promote their new miracle cures ... selling not just drugs but also the latest diseases that go with them. It looks at the growing global controversy around SSRI antidepressants and follows British Psychiatrist, Dr David Healy, patients and their families as they rock the scientific establishment with accusations that aggressive drug marketing is blurring the boundaries between medical conditions and ordinary life with potentially deadly consequences.

Religion

Healthcare

The Heart of the Game (2005) was filmed over a period of seven years, director Ward Serrill profiles Bill Resler, a university professor who coaches a basketball team comprised of high-school girls.

FRONTLINE Two American Families (2013) - The producers first introduced these two families — the Neumanns, white; the Stanleys, African-American, each barely clinging to the American dream — in 1991, and this special marks their progress as measured over roughly two-year intervals until 2000. It then returns a dozen years later to check back with them, puttying in the trials they faced as filtered through a struggling economy, home foreclosures, unexpected medical bills and strained or fractured marital ties.

Jonestown: Paradise Lost is a 2007 documentary television film on the History Channel about the final days of Jonestown, the Peoples Temple, and Jim Jones. From eyewitness and survivor accounts, the program recreates the last week before the mass murder-suicide on November 18, 1978.

a. Analyze the function of social institutions in society; include family, education, religion, economy, government/politics, health care, and media.

Choose one of the following social institutions in society and complete the associated assignment.

  1. family

  2. education

  3. religion

  4. economy

  5. government/politics

  6. health care

  7. media

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b. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various social institutions.

f. Analyze the re-socialization process.

Covered concurrently with b. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various social institutions.

c. Evaluate other possible social institutions such as sports.