Writing Assignment (Part 1) Identifying the HypothesisDue in Week 3 and worth 50 pointsConsider a social issue in which you are interested. It could be human freedom, sexuality, deviance, crime, social mobility, poverty, education, aging, or another similar issue. Select a specific hypothesis that you will evaluate against the available ev

Writing Assignment (Part 1) Identifying the HypothesisDue in Week 3 and worth 50 pointsConsider a social issue in which you are interested. It could be human freedom, sexuality, deviance, crime, social mobility, poverty, education, aging, or another similar issue. Select a specific hypothesis that you will evaluate against the available ev.

Writing Assignment (Part 1): Identifying the Hypothesis
Due in Week 3 and worth 50 points

Consider a social issue in which you are interested. It could be human freedom, sexuality, deviance, crime, social mobility, poverty, education, aging, or another similar issue. Select a specific hypothesis that you will evaluate against the available evidence from your library / Internet research.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Apply the sociological perspective to a variety of socioeconomic and political problems.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in sociology.
Write clearly and concisely about sociology using proper writing mechanics.

Week 5 assignment 2

Writing Assignment (Part 2): Outline and Preliminary List of References
Due Week 5 and worth 100 points

Complete the outline after you have done library / Internet research for evidence that bears on your hypothesis. Provide information about all of the following components of the final paper:

1. Specific Hypothesis.
2. Applicable Sociological Concepts.
3. Practical Implications. Discuss the value of sociological research into your issue. Determine whether or not there are (or would be) practical implications of sociological inquiry into this issue.
Evidence. This is the most important part of the paper. Analyze at least two (2) lines of evidence that pertain to the hypothesis that you are evaluating. Does the evidence support your hypothesis? For each type of evidence, consider possible biases and alternative interpretations.
Conclusions. Draw conclusions based on the evidence that you have discovered. Does the evidence confirm or refute your hypothesis? Is the evidence sufficiently convincing to draw firm conclusions about your hypothesis?
For example, here is a generic example of what the headings of your possible outline might look like:

I. Specific Hypothesis.
II. Applicable Sociological Concepts.
a. Theory A
b. Concept 1
c. Concept 2
III. Practical Implications.
a. Implications for public policy
i. Education
ii. Taxes
b. Implications for employers
c. Implications for spouses of workaholics
Evidence.
Line of evidence 1
i. The evidence and what it means
ii. Possible biases
iii. Alternative explanations of what it means.
Line of evidence 2
i. The evidence and what it means
ii. Possible biases
Conclusion(s): All available evidence refutes the hypothesis, but there are alternative explanations.

References:
Baker, A. & Abel, E (2005) Villagers reject modern attitudes about car washing. International Journal of Sociology, 11, 12-57. Retrieved from EBSCO-Host.
Doe, J. (2010, April 1) Villagers retain traditional attitudes despite bombardment with western television. The New York Times. Retrieved from www.nytimes.com/village_update
Steiner, H. (2012, January 4) Revolt against local ordinances in the village. Time Magazine. pp. 14-15.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA format.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Evaluate the various methodologies for sociological research.
Apply the sociological perspective to a variety of socioeconomic and political problems.
Critically examine how society shapes individuals and how individuals shape society.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in sociology.
Write clearly and concisely about sociology using proper writing mechanics.

Final paper

Working from the outline and from the feedback of your professor, you will now develop a publish paper in which you formally write up your findings. Specifically, you will submit a three to five (3-5) page paper in which you address all of the following:

Specific Hypothesis. Introduce your paper by identifying the specific hypothesis you are evaluating in this paper.
Applicable Sociological Concepts. Identify the sociological theories and terminology from the text that apply to your social issue
Practical Implications. Discuss the value of sociological research into your issue. Determine whether or not there are (or would be) practical implications of sociological inquiry into this issue.
Evidence. This is the most important part of the paper. Analyze at least two (2) lines of evidence that pertain to the hypothesis you are evaluating. Does the evidence support your hypothesis? For each type of evidence, consider possible biases and alternative interpretations.
Conclusions. Draw conclusions based on the evidence that you have discovered. Does the evidence confirm or refute your hypothesis? Is the evidence sufficiently convincing to draw firm conclusions about your hypothesis?
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

Week 1 DQ1

Explain what sociologists mean by the social construction of reality. How has the social construction of reality affected you?

Week 1 DQ2

Compare the contributions of two pioneers in sociology, choosing two from the following list: Comte, Martineau, Spencer, Durkheim, Weber, Marx, DuBois, Cooley, Addams, Merton, Bourdieu, or Wells-Barnett. Which sociologist do you believe made the most important contribution? Why? Defend your view.

Week 1 DQ3

What is sociology? How does it differ from the other social sciences, such as psychology or anthropology? In what ways is the logic of sociology useful?

Week 1 DQ4

What are some of the norms of the American culture? Of a subculture to which you belong?

Week 2 DQ1

Explain the advantages and limitations of the four major research designs. Provide an example of a social group situation that you believe would be best studied by each type of design. Explain your selection.

Week 2 DQ2

Fig. 2.2 in Ch. 2 states that “in general, states with high education levels . . . also have high household incomes.” What hypothesis might you propose to explain states that do not have a correlational relationship between high income and high education levels?

 

Week 2 DQ3

How would you use the different types of research design? What are some strengths and weaknesses of each?

 

Week 2 DQ4

How can a sociologist maintain neutrality when studying a group that he or she finds repugnant? (e.g., inmates convicted of rape or child molestation.)

Week 3 DQ1

Schaefer (2011) defines the self “as a distinct identity that sets us apart from others.” Describe your “self” identity. How does your “self” differ from others and set you apart? What process of socialization helped shape your concept of the self the most? How?

Week 3 DQ2

Deviant behavior violates standards and expectations of a group social norm. Reflect on a time when you violated a widely shared and understood norm of your society. What was the norm? What was the violation? What sanctions did your social group place on you for your behavior?

Week 3 DQ3

What are some of the major agents of socialization? Which do you think most influenced you? Why and how?

 

Week 3 DQ4

Define or describe the “social self. What are some moral and ethical factors of the social self?

Week 4 DQ1

A majority of residents of the United States are descendants of ethnic groups from around the world. Explain symbolic ethnicity. Reflecting on your cultural heritage and traditions, does your family practice symbolic ethnicity, fully maintain an ethnic identity, or have they fully assimilated into American culture? Define and explain American ethnic cultures.

Week 4 DQ2

Using the definition of wealth to calculate your wealth, and considering Rossides’ five-class model of the U. S. class system, would you say that Marx’s concept of false consciousness applies to you? Why? How does false consciousness differ from class consciousness?

Week 4 DQ3

How do urban and rural communities differ in the formality of their norms and the strictness with which they are enforced?

Week 4 DQ4

Imagine that you have been asked to study the issue of air pollution in one of the large urban areas in your state or country. How might you draw on surveys, observation research, experiments, and existing sources to help you study this issue?

Week 5 DQ1

As of 2012, the United States has never had a female president. Nations throughout the world have had powerful queens and elected leaders. How might you explain the fact that the United States has never elected a woman to be president?

Week 5 DQ2

New social movements are defined as movements that address values, social identities, and improvements in the quality of life. If you had the ability to mobilize resources to create a new social movement to promote or oppose social change, what social change would your movement address? Why and how?

Week 5 DQ3

What are some things that determine social stratification?

Week 5 DQ4

How does social class affect attitudes and behaviors?

Quiz 1

• Question 1

3 out of 3 points

Social structures sometimes have negative consequences for the operation of society as a whole. What is the term for these negative consequences?

• Question 2

0 out of 3 points

The text presents a portrait of a “global village.” Which of the following statements about this village is true?

• Question 3

3 out of 3 points

Which pioneering sociologist founded Chicago’s Hull House to assist immigrants and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?

• Question 4

3 out of 3 points

In deciding what kinds of questions to ask in their research, sociologists are guided by:

• Question 5

0 out of 3 points

C. Wright Mills claimed that the “sociological imagination” transformed:

• Question 6

3 out of 3 points

W.E.B. Du Bois claimed that _____ was the major problem facing the United States during the twentieth century.

• Question 7

3 out of 3 points

Which of the following examples illustrates a micro-level focus?

• Question 8

0 out of 3 points

Herbert Spencer described human society as having much in common with:

• Question 9

3 out of 3 points

The ancient Romans saw the stars as gods. Comte would classify Roman society as which of the following types?

• Question 10

3 out of 3 points

Which of the following early sociologists had an important influence on the development of the social-conflict approach?

• Question 11

0 out of 3 points

In making judgments about how society should be improved, the ________ approach in sociology rejects Max Weber’s goal that researchers be value-free.

• Question 12

0 out of 3 points

Drawing conclusions about all of humanity based on research using only males as subjects is the problem called:

• Question 13

0 out of 3 points

Interpretive sociology is sociology that:

• Question 14

0 out of 3 points

In a questionnaire, the question, “Please state your opinions about the likelihood of another major terrorist attacks at home,” is an example of which of the following?

• Question 15

0 out of 3 points

In the process of measurement, reliability refers to:

• Question 16

3 out of 3 points

What research method was used in Philip Zimbardo’s study, the “Stanford County Prison”?

• Question 17

0 out of 3 points

Inductive logical thought involves:

• Question 18

3 out of 3 points

The ideal of objectivity means that a researcher:

• Question 19

3 out of 3 points

Which sociological research method provides the best chance to understand social behavior in a natural setting?

• Question 20

0 out of 3 points

The sociological perspective reveals that:

 

Writing Assignment (Part 1) Identifying the HypothesisDue in Week 3 and worth 50 pointsConsider a social issue in which you are interested. It could be human freedom, sexuality, deviance, crime, social mobility, poverty, education, aging, or another similar issue. Select a specific hypothesis that you will evaluate against the available ev

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