Final Paper-Fall 2007

Final Paper-Fall 2007 - Introduction to Sociology Fall 2007...

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Introduction to Sociology Fall 2007 POTENTIAL PAPER TOPICS The following pages describe the topics for you to choose from for your final course project/paper. We will be working on and discussing these projects throughout the semester. None of these papers can be successfully completed by starting the night before it is due. Therefore, sections of this paper are due throughout the semester. See the course schedule for various due dates. There is NO page limit – write as many pages you feel are necessary to cover your topic and produce a great final paper/project!
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Paper Option 1: The Power of Norms Explore the power of norms. Conduct a short experiment where you break 2 norms (which doing so does not put you or others in any physical danger or break any laws - either in the school or the general community) and analyze people's reaction to you. For example, wear pajamas to classes one day (after receiving permission from your professors to do so) or visibly eat an awkward food combination (such as peanut butter and tomato sandwiches) in the presence of others, or stare at someone in an elevator. Be creative! 1. Introduction: Write an introduction discussing the importance of norms and their place in society. You will be using the electronic indexes/databases from the SAC library in this section. Use at least 2 sources. 2. Methods Section: Describe your experiment… What norms did you break? How did you break them? When did you break them? Where did you break them? Who was around? 3. Results Section: Record people's reactions to you. You must write detailed reactions. I suggest that you record their reactions soon after breaking the norms. Did others look at you oddly? Did they behave in any specific way (shy away, make comments, etc.)? Then analyze their reactions - What was the meaning behind their reactions? How did you feel about their reactions? Did their reactions affect YOUR behavior (or would it have if you honestly broke this norm, instead of for a class experiment)? 4. Conclusion: Tie the results of this experiment to what you learned about norms and societal disapproval/approval of norms. What does your experiment say about the ‘power of norms?’ Were the results as you expected? Why or why not do you think this is the case?
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Paper Option 2: What Do People Think of the Poor? Design a short questionnaire pertaining to attitudes and beliefs about poverty. Include popular stereotypes about poverty, welfare and welfare recipients. For example "Do most people bring poverty onto themselves?" "Who is more likely to be poor? Whites or minorities?" These should be closed-ended questions, meaning that YOU provide answer choices for your respondents. DO not use any person’s actual name . 1.
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SO 101 taught by Professor Devarie during the Spring '08 term at St. Anselm.

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Final Paper-Fall 2007 - Introduction to Sociology Fall 2007...

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