using Dalton Conley (2015) You May Ask Yourself. Fourth Edition
What is the relationship between education and life chances? If we know education is critical in determining socio-economic status, what role does the current education system play in either helping or hindering social problems?
Urbanization and Modernity:
1- George Simmel: sociability, blasé attitude, the stranger. Are these concepts relevant today? Why/why not?
2- Growth of suburbs in 1950s: what macro level events and issues led to this? Why did people want to live in the suburbs? What were the pros and cons of suburban life?
3- Urban sprawl: what is it? Pros and cons?
4- Gentrification: what is it? Pros and cons?
Religion, Politics and Economic Life :
1- Religious profile of US population: trends (growth and decline) in Christianity, non-Christian groups and unaffiliated (religious nones). How can we explain these trends? Are there macro and/or micro issues at play?
2- What are the links between religious beliefs and factors such as socio-economic position, education, geography, and political attitudes?
The Future of Society:
1- Global population trends: which regions of the world are growing and which are declining?
2-What factors (socio-cultural, economic, etc.) influence fertility rates? How this applies to regions of growth and decline
3- Aging populations: explanations for this trend, how this relates to other trends (eg: fertility rates, socio-economic factors, gender)
4- Major problems posed by aging populations, both macro and micro