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Professor Mark Mansour Depiction of a society assignment Length of assignment: 3-4 pages (750-1000 words) Align text Left; Times New Romans font 12 Spacing: single; citation style (MLA-refer to addenda for further information) Due: Thursday, Oct 18 2016 Term Project This project is worth a significant portion of your grade (15%). It is the most important aspect because it demonstrates to me your comprehension of the course material and concepts. It should also prove to be entertaining as well. Make sure that you have sufficiently covered all concepts well. I cannot stress that enough; cover the topic thoroughly. Also, make sure you have included everything asked for in each assignment (as a guideline, this will take at least 3-4 pages, but by all means do not be limited by this number). Also, do not fluff up your papers with filler just to get added length; I can always spot this and it does not bode well for your grade. Remember I want to see you critically engaged in the material; that is, show me you are thinking and you understand the material! So use your sociological imagination when you do this assignment. Please note: you are asked to pick 1 assignment of the various 4 that are available for you to choose. Assignment 1: Depictions of Society For this assignment you are to depict sociological concepts through photographs. Each lesson should be depicted pictorially. You are to take five photographs for each lesson. We cover 9 lessons with five pictures each for a grand total of 45 photographs. For each photograph you are to add a caption beneath it describing, using correct sociological terms, what is being depicted. It is highly recommended that you take the photographs as we cover the content of each chapter in the class so you will have a clear idea of the concept and if you do this correctly, and you will spread out the workload over the semester instead of procrastinating. The best way to accomplish this assignment is to create a blog to host your photos and captions (www.blogger.com is a good example). All photos must be your own. The captions must include a sociological description of the photograph (all terms used correctly!). On the day the final project is due you will turn in a piece of paper with your name and the link to your blog on it. Remember: Choose five photos depicting any concept from the lesson for each of the following topics and use an overarching sociological theory to explain the series of photos:  What is sociology (e.g. sociological imagination)  Theories and theorists (e.g. Durkheim and functionalism)  What is Canadian culture? Culture (e.g. material, food, fashion)  Socialization: The Self and Social Identity (e.g. dramaturgical approach)  Social Inequality in Canadian Society  Race and Ethnicity (e.g. the effects of race and ethnicity)  Sex, Gender and Sexualities  Social Control, Crime & Deviance  Religion and Education  Canadian Families: Past, Present and Future Assignment 2: A Sociological Event Analyze a major event sociologically. Be sure to include the following questions in your analysis:  Why did this happen from a sociological perspective?  What social context did it occur in?  How many persons are affected annually by the problem?  Use sociological vocabulary (correctly!) and thoroughly explain your ideas.  Which sociological theory best explains this event? Does it take multiple theories? For this assignment, it is important to demonstrate that you are indeed critically engaged with the material; demonstrate that you are thinking and understand the material. There are many examples of important current events that you may wish to consider although these are not prerequisite examples: the Federal Election coverage and perception of Canadians of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions on the history of Canada’s residential school system, the state of the Canadian Climate debate, Canadian Foreign Policy initiatives abroad, the Syrian Refugee Crisis, etc… Other examples that you may wish to incorporate in your project are major elections, crime (inner-city, within a specific province / territory or nationally), poverty (issues surrounding our understanding of this idea, tackling the issue regionally or nationally) racism, sexism, homophobia or any other aspect of Canadian culture that interests you. Remember I want to see you critically engaged in the material; that is, show me you are thinking and you understand the material. One thing to remember, you are to explain this event sociologically in light of one (or multiple) social problems. In doing so, you are to explain why the common explanations we hear in the media and by laypersons are inadequate when fully explaining the event(s). Here is an extremely brief example of what I am talking about (Please DO NOT use this example): The issue surrounding First Nations people in Canada is, from time to time, framed within a psychological perspective. Much of the arguments that we here are at the individual level, that those who live in these communities are eager to commit crimes, or that they choose to willingly engage in unproductivity or drunkenness. While certainly these arguments may very well be pertinent to the argument, they are not the only explanations. Using the sociological imagination, we look for the link between the individual and society. Why is it that studies show that show that most Aboriginal people who drink excessively are typically male? What are the reasons why females do not typically commit these types of crimes? What type of reporting / coverage is performed on these types of events? How are cries for attention handled within these Aboriginal Communities and within the broader society? The type of society we live in has a history; our history is fraught with violence (e.g. our genocide of the Native Americans, etc…). Our culture does not seem to be dealing with the Aboriginal Persons very well, particularly when it comes to the issue of violence again women. How and in what ways are men socialized to deal with anger and other emotions? These are some example of using and creating a link between society and the individual to explain human action. Assignment 3: Becoming an observer For this particular assignment, you are asked to get involved. That is, you are going to go out into a social setting you are unfamiliar with and document what you are seeing. You will be conducting an ethnography and/or a participant observation. For example, go into a church you are unfamiliar with or a club have never been to before and write down your observations. Anywhere where people are that you have not been before. What are the people doing, what are the norms for this specific place? How are the people behaving? Are they in groups, are they alone? If they are in groups what do you notice about the group dynamics.)? Write about this place as though you know nothing about it… at all. Take detailed notes and include them with your write up. Remember use sociological terms, so what are the norms, the statuses and the roles associated with the statuses, etc. Do not be limited to what I have listed here; all of sociology is at your disposal. A word of caution: Please be advised of and follow the regulations pertaining to institutions where there are laws governing trespassing or loitering of private property. For the second part of this assignment I want you to go into a familiar setting and do the exact same thing. Document it as though you have never been there before. This is the more difficult part of the assignment. It is harder to see familiar as something extraordinary but if you actively use your sociological perspective you can see otherwise hidden idiosyncrasies in your familiar world. Write down people’s behaviors, rules, etc. The point here is to see the ordinary as extraordinary. The familiar should become unfamiliar. The final part involves comparing the two settings; what do you notice? What is similar what is diffe
rent? Why? What became apparent that you would not have otherwise noticed? Pay special attention to the social structure of each setting. Regardless of where you choose they should be remarkably similar in this regard. Tell me how and why this is so. Assignment 4: Sociological Autobiography Write an autobiography. Not just any autobiography but your sociological autobiography. That is, tell your life story, where you came from, how you got where you are, etc. using sociology as your guide. So this should be incredibly full of correctly used sociological terms.  This should include ALL of the following (points will be deducted for each one left out): • social class • gender • race/ethnicity • religion • place of birth • sexual orientation • Anything else you deem relevant to who you are and where you are in life should also be included. A caveat: This is first and foremost a sociological autobiography. How do these sociological variables contribute to who you are today? Every variable listed has had a profound impact on who you are today. Remember Mill’s point about the sociological imagination being a method to understand the individual in terms of their broader social context; history plus biography.   Evaluation Criteria: Your assignment will be evaluated based upon the proper integration of course concepts, themes and theories into the relevant descriptions / instructions for each assignment. Possible Actual Assignment #1 Depictions of society Relation of caption to appropriate sociological terms (5 points = 5%) Gathering and tying all photos under 1 overarching theory (5 points = 5%) Cogent and logical flow to assignment (2.5 points =2.5%) Spelling, grammar & syntax (2.5 points =2.5%) Total points and percentage possible 15 =15% Assignment #2 A Sociological Event Description of what occurred from a sociological perspective (3 points=3 %) What are the conditions that created the social context? (3 points =3 % possible) What was the number of people affected? (3% =3%) Use of sociological terms (3 points =3%) Use of appropriate overarching theme to explain the event (3points =3%) Total points and percentage possible 15=15% Assignment #3 Becoming an observer Systematic observations of surrounding area (3 points =3%) Description of people and group dynamic (3 points possible =3%) Description of norms, statuses and roles associated with sociological terms (3 points =3%) Assignment #4 Sociological biography Appropriate, substantial and correct use of sociological terms (5 points =5%) Contextualizing and expanding upon how these variables contribute to who you are today (5points=5%) Grammar, syntax and correct use of MLA citation style) As a whole, paper seriously engages with relevant course concepts and course readings/materials to develop analysis (at minimum 3 course readings/materials and 4 course concepts should be discussed). 15 (Serious engagement of paper with course concepts / readings to develop analysis =7.5; Use of minimum of 3 course readings / materials and 4 course concepts=7.5) As a whole, memoir contextualizes author’s life within larger social, historical or cultural forces. Specific and adequate evidence is used to do this. 15 Paper is well written, thoughtful and interesting. 12 (Organization=4; structure=4; syntax & grammar =4) Paper includes required citations, reference page. 3 Total Points Possible 100

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