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Chapter 5: Social Structure, Social Interaction and Social Groups

Chapter 5 Learning Outcomes

  1. Define each type of social status:  ascribed, achieved and master status.
  2. Define social roles and explain their relationship to social status and social interaction.
  3. Identify differences between aggregates, categories and groups, including primary, secondary and reference groups.
  4. Distinguish between different types of leaders and their impact on group dynamics.
  5. Understand in-groups and out-groups and their relationship.
  6. Recall and explain the results of Asch and Milgram sociological experiments.
  7. Recognize group behaviors such as the diffusion of responsibility and groupthink.


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Exploring Our Social World: The Story of Us by Jean M. Ramirez; Suzanne Latham; Rudy G. Hernandez; and Alicia E. Juskewycz is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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