SOCI1010 – L1 Midterm Final Writing Assignment

Focus on in depth connections to class concepts: explain how your examplesillustrate terms, themes, theories and ideas from class.These questions are a way for you to express your own personal reactions tothe text. They are also a way to show me you understand the material andreviewed the chapter online. Be creative! Have fun.Papers should be 5 pages in length. 1 inch margins, double spaced and 12point font. Start with the following heading:Your NameCourse Number: SOCI1010-L1: Midterm/Final Writing AssignmentProf. Jennifer LawerDate: October 23rd/December 17th 2016Also cut and paste this citation for a work cited at end of paper:Essentials of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach 12th Ed. By James M. Henslin. Pearson:Edwardsville, 2015. Pp. viii – 479.And any additional sources.(Quotes: Quotations from textbook are welcome. Just include quotation marks andthe page number in parentheses: “Example” (Henslin, p.1)). Also include the question that you are answering in italics. Then write yourresponse below.1. Sample Question: According to Durkheim, why do men and women have different suiciderates? Please feel free to include your own personal reflections.Here are some tips and FAQs for Writing the Questions for AnalysisTips and FAQs- Illustrate your brain’s interaction with the readings. Focus on ANALYSIS (notsummary).Try and introduce the main idea of your paragraph in the first few sentences of eachparagraph. This will make your paper easier to follow. It also helps the reader understandthe purpose of each paragraph in the first few lines. – You are free to use the text book as much or as little as you want; just show me that youunderstand the concept in the book.Illustrate your knowledge of the text with details and vocabulary words when possible.* I will include additional details on the audio slides to help clarify ideas that pertain tothe questions of analysis.Things to AVOID: – Do not use contractions (such as ain’t, can’t and shouldn’t).Do not use “a lot” in your paper.Do not use split infinitives, such as “to quickly run”.Avoid long paragraphs. (Try to create a new paragraph after 6-8 sentences). OPTIONS*For each of these options, I encourage you to offer your own personal reflections andmake in depth connections to the terms, themes and concepts in the textbook andreadings. Note: Some options contain multiple questions. It is encouraged (but notrequired) to respond to every question in your chosen answer. the questions in theseoptions may be used as guidelines; personal modifications are acceptable.1. Movie Analysis: Suicide and Terrorism. The movie Paradise Now (2005) provides perspectiveon the lives of two prospective suicide bombers from Palestine. How do these characters fit or notfit Henslin’s box on pp. 355-356 “Who Are the Suicide Terrorists? Testing Your Stereotypes”?What parts of the film stood out to you? Did the characters experience high or low socialintegration? And how does that illustrate/not illustrate Durkheim’s theories? How does thisinternational movie illustrate culture/norms/folkways/value clusters? (References: Chapter 1:Durkheim’s suicide study, Chapter 2: Culture, and Chapter 11: Politics and the Economy) Movie available Online at: 2. Culture & Death Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’s book On Death and Dying our culture’s “increasedanxiety” pp. 15 towards death and that dying. Why? Do you agree? How does this reflect U.SCultural Values found on pp. 56-57 in the textbook. Does this reflect your own personal values?How have changes in social solidarity ex: gemeinschaft/gesellschaft relationships made thingsmore difficult for the dying? What wisdom can the living learn from the dying? How may thisconnect with pp. 335-336 of Henslin textbook on “Changing Views on Aging”. (References:Chapter 2, Chapter 4, Chapter 10)3. *The Milgram Experiment: Why do you think the participants in the Milgram experimentcontinued to administer electric shock against their will? Can you think of similar situations thatcarry momentum in modern society? Explain how similar situations are present in Mistakes WereMade: But Not By Me and the documentary The Fog of War: Eleven Life Lessons from the Life ofRobert McNamara. 1 hour 47 mins. Explain why some people refused to continue with theexperiment. Describe the characteristics of people who challenged authority in a way that broughtabout positive social change? Why did obedience drop when subjects were brought closer totheir victims? Can you name similar situations where being closer to people affected the ways inwhich they are treated? (Chapter 5)The Fog of War Available Online at: 4. *Race: In Martin Luther King Jr.’s Strength to Love Chapter 4, King states that Slavery inAmerica was “perpetuated not merely by human badness, but by human blindness.” How doyou see this blindness in action today in terms of racial discrimination? Touch on how thisconnects with Mistakes Were Made Chapter 2 on Pride Prejudice and Other Blind Spots.What is your reflection on King’s response on how to respond to “Shattered Dreams” inStrength to Love Chapter 9. (Chapter 5 and 9) and how do King’s points fit in with pp. 434on Religion and the Conflict Theory.5. Deviance and Social Class: Compare and contrast the way the society perceives whitecollar criminals vs. the poor. How is the U.S. Criminal Justice system thought of as aninstrument of oppression? Apply examples, such as the NY Times article “Glaxxo SmithKlein Agrees to Pay 3 Billion in Fraud Settlement”. (Chapter 6, 7 and 8)6. Culture and Deviance: The reading “Deviance in Japan” (approx. 39 pages) provides acomparative look at deviance in Japanese Culture. Why is deviance so low in Japancompared to in the United States? Explain why with references to the three perspectives.7. The Illness Seeks The Medicine by Charles Eisenstein’s. What is the author’sperspective on why some people are drawn to deviant behavior such as drug addiction?What are other “illnesses” and “medicines” used to address the symptoms. How mightthis fit in with poverty and deferred gratification. (Chapter 6, 7 and 8) 8. Gender Refer to the article by gallup “Americans Still Prefer a Male Boss—EspeciallyWomen”. Why do you think this occurs? How does this connect with symbolicinteraction, functionalism, and the conflict theory. Also describe how the socializationexperience contributes to this problem. (Chapters 3, 10)9. Social Issue of Your Choice Pick any social issue of your choice and apply SymbolicInteractionism, Functionalism, and Conflict Theory. Illustrate your understanding of these threeperspectives as applied to your chosen social issue. Briefly touch on why these theories illustrate“macro” or “micro” Sociology. You are also welcome analyze a social issue illustrated by amovie, cartoon episode or musical album. Please approve in advance via email.Sample topics include: Race and the film Twelve Years a Slave Explain how the movieillustrates sociological themes from class. Explore Race from the three perspectives. How doesthis movie fit in with the King readings, Mistakes Were Made and the Henslin Textbook.Sample topic: Gender and the film Mean Girls. Explain how the movie illustrates sociologicalthemes from class. Apply the three perspectives of symbolic interactionism, functionalism, andconflict theory. How does the movie fit in with concepts covered in Henslin such as gender andsocialization.*Please pre-approve movie/cartoon selections with me via email if you choose this option. Iwould prefer for you to select movies/episodes that I have already seen.

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