Introduction to Sociology course – SOC 101

6. Norms

Why is binge drinking so common among university students? In this meeting, we will study binge drinking as a cultural phenomenon, as something that is driven by norms. The main aim of the meeting is to introduce you to key concepts, theories and findings on norms.


  • Introduction to Sociology, Chapter 6 (Norms)
  • Introduction to Sociology, Chapter 6: Online Appendix (Advanced reading)


I recorded short videos (3-7 min.), in which I explain several key concepts/topics/theories of each chapter of the textbook.

Ch. 6 OverviewNorms
Ch. 6.6 Why do norms emerge?
Ch. 6.7Cultural maladaptation and norm change
Ch. 6 (Appendix)What is game theory?
Ch. 6 (Appendix)The Prisoner’s Dilemma

Test your knowledge of Chapter 6

  • Take the Multiple Choice Quiz here.

What do you want to do next?

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