This exam is designed for individuals who would like to teach sociology at the secondary level. You will be given 2 hours to complete this 120 multiple choice question exam. The exam can be broken down into the following sections:
Sociological Perspectives and Methods of Inquiry – 24 questions
Culture, Socialization, and Social Organization – 30 questions
Social Stratification – 18 questions
Deviance and Conformity – 18 questions
Social Institutions – 18 questions
Demography and Social Change – 12 questions
Questions regarding social inequality based on age, class, gender, race, prejudice, and discrimination will be covered in this section of the exam. Your knowledge of conflict and functional theories of stratification, lifestyle, education, income, occupation, wealth, and social class will also be assessed in this section of the exam. Questions regarding poverty and life changes will also be included in this section of the exam.
Demography and Social Change
This section of the exam will cover globalization, technology, social change, and environmental, occupational and social trends. Your knowledge of urban and rural life styles, the multiple-nuclei, sector, and concentric city models will be assessed in this section of the exam. Questions regarding voluntary and voluntary groups, political and economic institutions, simple to complex group changes, and the social institutions of religion, education, and family will be included in this section of the exam.
Culture, Socialization, and Social Organization
Your knowledge of cross-cultural comparisons, cultural diversity, cultural change, cultural universal’s, and ethnocentrism and cultural relativism will be assessed in this section of the exam. Questions regarding the cultural components of symbols, signs, sanctions, language values, and cultural norms will be included in this section of the exam. Your knowledge of the major theories of the self and socialization will also be assessed in this section of the exam.
Deviance and Conformity
Questions regarding social disintegration will cover deviant and criminal behavior, theories of social disorganization and social control. The following social interaction theories will be covered in this section of the exam: exchange theory, symbolic interaction theory, role theory, and dramaturgical theory. Additional social interaction questions will cover assimilation, accommodation, cooperation, exchange, conflict, segregation; and institutional and organizational context of interaction. Questions regarding socialization will cover stages of socialization, and the role of heredity and the environment.
Sociological Perspectives and Methods of Inquiry
Method of inquiry questions will cover research ethics, the relationship between method and theory, independent and dependent variables, hypotheses, the purpose of research, and scientific method. Questions regarding types of research such as observational, case study, experimental, survey, and secondary analysis will be included in this section of the exam. Questions regarding sociological perspective will cover structural functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, major sociological theories and sociology careers. Questions regarding sociologists such as Weber, Marx, and Durkheim will also be included in this section of the exam.
This section will include topics such as stages of and major transitions in family life, alternate family forms, the defining characteristics of major world religions, how religion and society influence each other, the functions of schools, the evolution of schooling and social inequality, and major models of power in society.