First, write an introductory paragraph introducing the concept of the sociological imagination, and giving a general overview of how you’ll be applying it in your paper.
•Next, applying your sociological imagination, explain the situation sociologically and how society at large has affected the situation. Label this section “sociological imagination;” this section will be most of your paper. Discuss the larger social forces that connect your personal situation to larger, related social issues. Use terms and concepts from the different chapters and readings (Conley textbook), the online library, discussions, and lectures. You may need to emphasize some parts of your situation over others in order to include a variety of complex concepts. Your sociological imagination analysis should include as many concepts below as are applicable:
•Socialization and the Construction of Reality (Conley, chapters 1; 4)
•How larger social events and movements (i.e. 9-11, the civil rights movements, feminist movements, LGBTQ rights movements, etc.) affected your situation (Conley, chp.18)
•Stratification and Class (Conley, chapter 7)
•Poverty and Inequality (Conley, chapter 10)
•Globalization and global stratification (Conley, chapters 7; 14)
•Religion (Conley, chapter 16)
•Family (Conley, chapter 12)
•Race & Ethnicity (Conley, chapter 9)
•Gender (Conley, chapter 8)
•How functionalism, conflict theory and/or symbolic interaction can be used to explain your situation (Conley, chapter 1)
•Cite as many social trends and statistics from the Conley text, outside sources (from the Galen College online library), discussions, and lectures, relevant to your situation (For example, divorce rates for various social categories of people vary as do poverty rates, crime and victimization rates, suicide rates, etc. i.e., what is the statistical likelihood that you will get divorced if you are married at 16 versus at 30?). You may need to do some outside research to find relevant statistics. You may also need to research within our textbook for sections you are not required to read – make good use of the index and the online library! Cite the pages your information is from within your paper. If you desire, you may use statistics found on websites, but this is not a requirement.
•Write a wrap-up conclusion paragraph summarizing the major finding/themes in your paper.
•Avoid a focus on individualistic, psychological explanations about stress, personality, feelings, personal achievements and characteristics, etc. Refer specifically to information discussed in class, in the texts, and readings and link as many social trends, statistics, cultural values, social policies, or group dynamics as possible to your situation! Your grade is determined by how well you can utilize the terminology and language of sociology you are learning in this course. The following content (5 elements) must be included (see rubric): 1.A personal problem/situation
2.A sufficient amount of sociological terms and concepts
3.A variety of terms and concepts from a wide variety of chapters and subjects (use info from at least 3 different Conley chapters and at least 1 outside source from the library)
4.Two stats and/or pieces of research from the text, readings or websites
5.At least one theoryBook used is an introduction to thinking like a sociologist “you may ask yourself” by dalton conley
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