Paper that fails to follow the format instructions will lose points in the “Formatting and Overall Flow” section of the rubric.
– You cannot replicate/recycle your first two papers. You can choose to write about topics under the umbrella of ‘Socialization’ and ‘Gender’, but you need to use a completely different set of data.
– Please do NOT include your name or any identifier in your submitted paper, start your first paragraph right away. I will be using the “Hide Student Name” feature on CANVAS while grading.
– Please use 12′ font, 1-inch margin, and double space for this paper.
– Your paper should be at least 750 words, roughly three pages if following the required format. There is no maximum word count requirement, but I will not give extra points only because you have exceeded 750 words. It is better to have clear and concise arguments.
– Write in paragraphs and use transitions. Do NOT use one big paragraph for any type of academic writing. Break it down into multiple smaller ones.
– Use the instruction below as a guideline, but do NOT simply answer those bullet point questions.
– Please cite academic sources (the safest one being your textbook) instead of online sources, such as Wikipedia or dictionary.com. Also, please include references at the end of the paper, any citation format (APA, ASA, MLA) that you are familiar with is fine.
Instruction and Required Components:
For this final paper, you need to apply your sociological imagination in your everyday life, choose a topic/concept that we have covered in class, collect and analyze data from your everyday life, and write about what you found.
A Brief Introduction (50 points): What is the concept that you chose to write? What is the sociological and academic definition of this concept ( how does your textbook define it)? Why are you interested in this topic?
Method (50 points): What is the method that you used? Where did you locate your data? For example, did you use observation from your everyday life (like you did for the previous two papers), interview(s) with friends or family members, or did you extract data online from media or social media platforms? Please pay extra attention here that you need to collect and analyze these data, not repeat other people’s existing findings. For example, if you are interested in the topic of “gendered presentation online”, you cannot simply find a documentary/article on this topic and paraphrase their findings. You need to actually go on social media, look at different people’s posts, and generate a finding by yourself.
Findings (100 points): Present in this section what you found out after analyzing the data you collected on this topic. Please present at least two key findings, and use the data you locate to support your findings.
Conclusion (50 points): Add a brief conclusion to wrap everything up.
Formatting and overall flow (50 points)
Topic Pool (Feel free to choose/not choose from the topic pool that I provide here)
Culture and Media Chapter: culture shock, material & nonmaterial culture, subculture, media representation
Socialization Chapter: socialization, agents of socialization, the social construction of reality
Social Control and Deviance Chapter: social deviance, crime, social cohesion, stigma
Stratification Chapter: social inequality, class, global inequality
Gender Chapter: gender vs. sex vs. sexuality, feminism, patriarchy, sexism, sexual harassment
Race Chapter: race, racism, ethnicity, white-privilege, institutional racism
Health and Society Chapter: role of the doctor, medicalization, the sick role, mental health
Family Chapter: forms of family, the chore wars, domestic abuse, ‘the second shift’
Education Chapter: the purpose of education, educational inequality, higher education, standardized tests
Capitalism and the Economy Chapter: capitalism, consumerism, over-commercialization, minimalism.
Religion Chapter: functions of religion, religious rituals, secularism, over-commercialization of religious life
(to be continued)
Frequently Asked Questions (to be updated)
Make sure your topic is sociological! A sociological topic is a topic that involves human beings. For example, you cannot only write about the development of technology, but you can talk about how this development affects human behaviors or interactions.
Do NOT use online polling as a way to collect data!! Stay away from online polling when you want to collect data from social media (eg. Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat polls). Without a proper sampling strategy, it is almost 100% that your collected data will be unscientific. If you want to use social media as your data, collect and analyze qualitative data instead, such as people’s blog posts, captions, photos, etc.
Don’t make your question/topic too big, you are not able to answer big questions in a 700-word paper. For example, instead of discussing “educational inequality in the United States”, narrow it down to examine your experiences getting educated.
Do not ask questions like “A’s impact on B”, it would be very hard to answer such questions without using large-sample statistical analysis. Focus on one concept/variable and explore it with depth; try not to examine correlation or causation between multiple concepts.
Explore, understand, and analyze a problem, don’t try to solve a problem in this paper. The goal for much sociological work is to understand an issue or a problem first in order to solve it. For this paper, it is extremely difficult for you to solve a problem with a limited amount of data. So instead of trying to solve a problem, this paper might be a chance for you to understand the problem first.
Simplify your method. Again, this is a 700-word paper. Do not overcomplicate it by incorporating multiple methods. I suggest that you stick with one method, use either observation, online data, or interview. If you choose to use multiple methods, make sure that you describe each method clearly.
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