Principles of Sociology

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In Class Group Presentation: Sociology in Everyday Life

To complete this assignment, you will work with your group to:

• Choose one of the topics on this assignment sheet. No more than 3 groups per topic, so sign up early!
• Create a 5-7 minute Power Point presentation on your group’s chosen topic. You will have one class meeting to prepare as a group. These work sessions are NOT optional.
• Deliver the presentation on your scheduled date. You MUST attend ALL presentation dates, even if your group does not present that day.
• Submit a two-page minimum (double-spaced, Times New Roman) individual reflection on the project. This part of the assignment is INDIVIDUAL and EACH STUDENT MUST SUBMIT A REFLECTION.
The reflection is due to D2L by 11:59 PM, by the date listed under your selected topic.
Your reflection should:
o Use course concepts and definitions to explain what you have found/learned as part of the project. For your presentations, you concentrated on a group summary. Here in the reflection, please concentrate on what your findings were in more detail. This should be the largest part of your reflection.

o In a paragraph or so, reflect on the group process. In other words, who participated in your group? Who did not show up or contribute? Was the in-class work time valuable?

Grade Points Breakdown

Topics List (3 Groups per Topic)

Social Interaction and Dramaturgy
Every day we are performing, knowingly and unknowingly. We show people what they want/expect to see, and hide what we would rather not make public. During the next few days, observe how other students perform in the classroom to an audience of other students and professors. Observe in classes OTHER than SOC 151. How do they use elements such as their costume, props, and tone of voice, to boost their performance in the classroom? Do you notice any differences in the performance you observe in the classroom and other places such as the dorm, gym, and the dining hall? What patterns did you notice? What might be an explanation for the patterns that you observe?

(Prep. Date: Friday, 9/13, Presentation Date: Monday, 9/16, Individual Reflections Due to D2L Wednesday, 9/25)
Note: Slides for your group’s presentation due to D2L by 11:59 PM on 9/15/19

Facts OR Opinions?
Talk to some friends and family members about public welfare recipients or the jobless rate in their community and note what they say about the issue. Then, consult a government website such as the Census Bureau, or Bureau of Labor Statistic to find current data on the issue. Based on the findings, are there differences between the information received from friends and family and the facts you found on the government websites? If yes, how would you explain (to a non-sociologist) the differences you observed in the information sources.
(Prep. Date: Friday, 9/13, Presentation Date: Wednesday, 9/18, Individual Reflections Due to D2L Wednesday,9/25) Note: Slides for your group’s presentation due to D2L by 11:59 PM on 9/17/19

Norms
Think of a social norm that is shared by members of your society, then go and break this norm in a social situation. NOTHING ILLEGAL OR UNSAFE PLEASE!
For example, go up to a stranger in the food court and ask if you can have a bite of their food, sit down with a group that you do not know in the dining hall, or answer in detail when someone asks, “How are you?” Observe the reactions of the individual and others. Did you receive any informal sanctions for your action? If yes, what were they and how did the sanction make you feel? Why did you feel the way you did?
(Prep. Date: Friday, 10/18, Presentation Date: Monday, 10/21, Individual Reflections Due to D2L Wednesday, 11/6)
Note: Slides for your group’s presentation due to D2L by 11:59 PM on 10/20/19

Deviance?
Think about and list five acts that once were considered deviant but are now deemed acceptable or even courageous in your society. Then, go out and interview at least three people who come from different societies than yours. Are these acts are considered similarly in their societies? Compare the response you get and see whether the definitions of deviance remain the same across societies. Are there differences in the way other societies define deviance? If so, what does this tell you about the definition of deviance?
(Prep. Date: Friday, 10/18, Presentation Date: Wednesday, 10/23, Individual Reflections Due to D2L Wednesday, 11/6)

Note: Slides for your group’s presentation due to D2L by 11:59 PM on 10/22/19

Poverty/Social Mobility
Talk to your parents, grandparents, or other relatives and discuss the social position of your family over the last three generations. Has each generation done better than the one before, or not? Is your family moving up the social ladder, or not? As a group, visit the website https://opportunityinsights.org/, scroll down and click National Trends, read the information, and answer the questions. Does the outlook presented match what your families shared? How? Based on the research presented, what does your group social mobility look like? Do individuals in the group all share this social mobility profile?
(The answers to this question can be quickly summarized in your GROUP presentation)
Now, go back to https://opportunityinsights.org/. Click on Explore your Neighborhood. Click on (right, upper side of web page) Household Income. Look at household income for either Individual Income US Natives or Individual Income Immigrants in your INDIVIDUAL geographical area. Does this change how you think about your, individual social mobility? (The answers to this question can be answered in your INDIVIDUAL reflection.) (Prep. Date: Friday, 11/8, Presentation Date: Monday, 11/11, Individual Reflections Due to D2L Wednesday, 11/20)

Note: Slides for your group’s presentation due to D2L by 11:59 PM on 11/10/19

Gender
Take a walk around downtown Indiana (or your home town) or in the local mall and pay attention to how many women and men you find at various locations. From your observations, are there stores that are “gendered” so that there are “women’s spaces” and “men’s spaces” From your understanding of how society constructs gender, how and why are spaces “gendered”? What does this tell us about how we expect women and men to behave or to be like in this culture?
(Prep. Date: Friday, 12/6, Presentation Date: Monday, 12/9, Individual Reflections Due to D2L Friday, 12/13)

Note: Slides for your group’s presentation due to D2L by 11:59 PM on 12/8/19

Stereotypes
Make a list of common stereotypes you have heard about a particular ethnic or racial group in your community. Watch television, read daily newsfeed/newspapers, and observe how the media portray members of this particular ethnic or racial group. (For example, how are members of this group portrayed in commercials, movies, sports, news reports, reality shows, and children shows regarding social class, status, behaviors, and attitude. Also, interact with members of the racial or ethnic group and ask them how these stereotypes shape their everyday experiences. From a sociological perspective, do you think racial or ethnic stereotypes can cause harm to individuals, groups, and societies?
(Prep. Date: Friday, 12/6, Presentation Date: Monday, 12/9, Individual Reflections Due to D2L Friday, 12/13)

Note: Slides for your group’s presentation due to D2L by 11:59 PM on 12/8/19

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