- Recitation Assignments:
- These assignments are due at the beginning of recitation class and, in combination, will comprise 20% of your overall course grade.
- Write only ONE page, double-spaced, no less than 0.75" margins or lower than font size 11.
- Readings primarily from McIntyre's The Practical Skeptic, although some readings are available on the web (as noted within the assignments below).
- See syllabus calendar for due dates for your recitation.
assignment for this week.
Ch1: Sociological Imagination: Chapter 1 in Witt, page 13, mentions how popular music in the U.S. reflects our culture. Using your sociological imagination, discuss how macro-level forces, such as race, class, gender, the economy, politics, inequality, etc., shape the lyrics in popular songs. Explore at least 2 such forces (2-3 sentences). Also, choose a current popular song (from any genre) and explore the following:
Chapter 3: Culture: Our culture, in the form of social norms, provides guidelines for our behavior. In this assignment, you will have to think about the ways in which these guidelines affect your behavior and how these guidelines may differ depending on the social setting. PLEASE BE SURE TO ANSWER ALL OF THE QUESTIONS IN YOUR ASSIGNMENT AND AIM TO WEAVE YOUR ANSWERS TOGETHER SUCH THAT THEY FORM A COHERENT ESSAY.
The recitation reading for this week was an article on the influence of gender socialization on eating disorders. This is but one example of how socialization shapes social processes and patterns.
Using the reading as a guide, for this assignment you’ll apply your understanding of socialization to a social pattern or social process of your choosing.
Social patterns and processes are everywhere -- for example, think about patterns of racial inequality in educational attainment. How might socialization play a role in generating such patterned inequalities? You can think about daily life, too. For example, consider the lack of social interaction across age cohorts. How might socialization influence this social pattern? As a final example, is there class stratification downtown on Pearl Street Mall? If so, how might socialization shape this social pattern? These are just examples to get you thinking about "social patterns or processes" - you may not use these specific examples, but feel free to come up with general ones or something that you encounter regularly in your daily life.
first part of your paper, draw on
lecture materials to answer the following questions:
Your life as a boy/girl.
How would aspects of your specific life be different if you had been born a different sex? “Your specific life” means that you need to consider growing up female/male within the context of the same family you have, the same class position, neighborhood, etc.
simplistic statements like “if I were a boy, I would
have played with GI Joe instead of Barbie” and instead demonstrate that
deeply considered how your life, all else being the same, might have
similar in some ways and different in others had you been born the
wthin the narrative of your "specific life as a boy/girl", bridge the
above two parts of this assignment by:
Think of a deviant behavior you have done, not a criminal behavior, but an otherwise deviant behavior. Explain the behavior in terms of:
1) Why did you do it? Apply at least one of the theories of deviant or criminal behavior.
2) Using the definition of deviance, explain how or why the act was deviant.
3) What were the ramifications of the act? Apply elements of social control.
If you had a different social status do you think your
actions would have been judged the same way? Why or why not?
Chapter 10: Social Class
assignment requires a slightly different approach than the
previous chapters. After doing the readings, you'll need to do
research on your hometown. If you are from outside of the U.S.,
select a U.S. city with which you have some experience. For this
assignment, imagine that you are a single mother/father with a
four-year old son
and a very fashion-conscious 10 year old daughter. Also, imagine
just moved to your hometown and, therefore, have no friends or family
that could offer support and/or child care.
this information, construct a monthly budget based on
the cost of living in your hometown. For example, find the cost
of an apartment or rental house in
your hometown (research tip: look in online classifieds). Also,
cost of full-day child care for your son and the cost of after-school
your daughter (research tips: talk to someone you know with kids that
your hometown, or check the website of the YMCA or a child care center
estimate). You may estimate other expenses based on your personal
experience. Your completed budget
should be in the form of a list -- don't forget groceries, toiletries,
clothing, gas/car payment, and perhaps health insurance. Maybe
even try find discretionary funds for an occasional movie or restaurant
find the minimum wage in your home state (research
Estimate your monthly income based on a minimum wage job, forty
week, minus taxes.
Finally, describe your impression of this budget and what you might do to make ends meet. Related your findings to the Sociological concepts of "life chances, "social stratification" and "social inequality." Also, briefly discuss your results as related to the reading "Nickeled and Dimed."