First Semester Project

Created by : Jack Churchill

5 Main Topics

Sociology this semester was filled with information, but here is a sample of a few topics we learned about!



1. Socialization & Desocialization

2. First World Problems

3. Gender Roles

4. Sociology of Sports

5. Social Norms & Customs

Sociology Overview

Sociology is the study of the structure, development, and functioning of human society. Sociology was a great class because Mr. Kutscher used great tactics to teach like using movies and projects with parents that the STUDENTS got to pick because that allows for students to have a better experience overall due to the friendly environment.

Socialization & Desocialization

Socialization is the lifelong process of inheriting and disseminating norms, customs, and ideologies, providing an individual with the skills and habits necessary for participating within their own society.

On the other hand, Desocialization is the deprivation of the capacity for social intercourse and interactions.

As humans, We go through 4 basic stages in life.

Those stages are Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood and Old Age, and Death and Dying.

Childhood is the stage of being a child.

Adolescence is the stage of being onset by puberty which you into an adult.

Adulthood and Old Age is the stage where physical growth has stopped and is the later part of normal life.

Death and Dying is the end of life.

Many people throughout life affect people's socialization factors like Family, School, Peer Groups, and the Media.

I feel the biggest one nowadays is the Media because almost everyone has a phone or computer in our school that can access the social media to learn about the latest trends.

Reflection on the movie Cast Away

Cast Away was a great movie that showcased socialization and desocialization because Chuck (Tom Hanks) is a normal FedEx manager, but gets stranded on an island after a plane crash and has to adapt to a new life on the island with his good friend Wilson. Once Chuck gets back to normal life later in the movie he is confused and it is very hard for him to adapt back into real life.

First World Problems

First World Problems are relatively minor problems implying a contrast with serious problems in developing countries.

An example of First World Problems: When your iPhone charging breaks and you have to buy another one in contrast to a huge problem like starving and dehydrated children in other foreign countries.

The term "First World Problem" was made by G.K. Payne in 1979, but was later adapted into the internet and turned into a meme by tons of people all over the world.

According to the Huffington Post, First World Problems should not be disregarded as they help make us better humans by learning from our mistakes

My friend and I created the song below over First World Problems, I really enjoyed making the song because it wasn't like other assignments that we had done in a while like worksheets or answering questions. It also gave us a lot of freedom to create whatever we wanted to any song we wanted as long as it was appropriate.

First World Problem - Jumpman

Gender Roles

A gender role is a set of societal norms dictating what types of behaviors are generally considered acceptable, appropriate or desirable for a person based on their actual or perceived sex.


The term "gender roles" was created by John Money in 1955 while studying intersex which is the study about the sexes of human beings.


Gender Roles of men and women in movies


Men - Strong and Buff, The ones who save others, Leaders, Overweight or ugly men come with a negative side, and skilled.


Women - Pretty, Submissive, vulnerable, takes care of children, good singers, wealthy, and many of them seem to thoroughly enjoy household chores, such as cleaning, long hair, flawless skin, and have nice clothes.


Examples of Gender Roles in movies include:

Cinderella and her being able to clean, sing and cook meals perfectly. Cinderella fits the role of the perfect woman for Prince Charming.

Hercules is depicted as a strong, buff, and brave man that fears none. Hercules is a depiction of the perfect man. He also plays the normal hero in a story with him saving a damsel in distress.


Various groups have led movements to get the roles associated with genders changed because they believe that they are oppressive or inaccurate. One of the most recent movements was the feminist movement.

Sing Sweet Nightingale - Drizella, Cinderella
Hercules vs The Hydra

Sociology of Sports

Sports bring people together for a common cause and lets people take a break from their normal life to enjoy something else.

Society can relate to sports because what we do in society reflects what we do in sports like being mean, cheating, showing good sportsmanship, and being a good role model.


Subcultures in sociology is a group within a larger group culture that often has goals and aspirations that are odds of those with larger cultures examples are violence and specific sports.


Subcultures in Sports

1. Fighting in Hockey

2. Surfing is normally associated with individualism and not affiliated with others/teams.

3. Jockies do not display integrity because they do not care what their horse wants and do whatever it takes to win a race.


Negative side to sports sociologically

Dysfunctions in sports include bad contracts, Fan fights, and drug enhancements.

Sports sometimes are seen as sexist and racist because men normally have the advantage over women. Also, a lot of people think that races are better than others like in Jackie Robinson's movie, "42", one of the men in the crowd says that " He is better than the other men because he has a bigger heel." then Jackie smacks a home run.

Serena Williams is also a great examples that women can rise up and be great athletes because she is one of the best tennis players in the world and got there through hard work and dedication.

42 Official Trailer #2 (2013) - Harrison Ford Movie - Jackie Robinson Story HD

Social Norms and Customs

Social norms are rules that a group uses for appropriate and inappropriate values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors. People who do not follow these norms may be shunned or suffer some kind of consequence. Norms change according to the environment or situation and may change or be modified over time.


Examples of Social Norms

1. Shaking hands

2. Waving goodbye

3. Saying thank you and your welcome


Customs are a traditional and widely accepted way of behaving or doing something that is specific to a particular society, place, or time.


Examples of Customs

1. Taking off your shoes before entering a house

2. Pray before eating

3. Not seeing the bride the night before the wedding


Conventions are agreed, stipulated, or generally accepted standards, norms, social norms, or criteria, often taking the form of a custom.

Social Norms and Customs both factor into conventions.

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How each of the 5 topics relates to me!

1. Socialization & Desocialization - Socialization is a big part in my life because I talk and text people all the time trying to make new friends and meet new people. I am not really affected by desocialization because I am not leaving my family or friends for long periods like in the military.


2. First World Problems - I experience first world problems all the time because I live in a first world country and have minor problems that seem so much worse than they normally are.

3. Gender Roles - Gender roles affect almost everyone because almost every person is affiliated with a gender and they have specific roles or positions to fill in life.

4. Sociology of Sports - I am not very affected by the sociology of sports because I don't participate in any sports, but watching sports on t.v and in real life I can see all the examples listed before like cheating or good sportsmanship taking place on the field.

5. Social Norms & Customs - Everyone is affected by social norms and customs because they are used everywhere to be polite and intelligent.

2 Topics that relate to an event in Sociology!

Recently the feminist movement has been taking place all throughout the internet and real life. This is mostly based on gender roles because feminists fight for equal rights, but recently it has erupted into men being less than women. The women normally socialize with each other and tend to stray away from men because they do not like men. Feminists have gone as to make the #killallmen. Some feminists fight for equality and some extreme feminists fight to put men down and put women up. The Gender Roles and Socialization both relate to the topic because it is what they fight for and how they interact with each other.
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