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appropriate salutation (such as “Dear Ms. Din”), writing in complete sentences, proofreading, avoiding slang or text abbreviations, and ending with an appropriate closing (such as “Sincerely” or “Thank you”).

Papers (2-3 pages) Select one of the choices:

Paper 1

Choice A: Dramaturgy is a form of micro sociology.  Use dramaturgy to analyze a situation that you are very familiar with such as interaction with your family, friends, classmates, significant other, or co-workers. Analyze role conflict,  role strain, and front vs. back stage in one or more of these relationships.

Choice B: Describe norms, mores, and folkways as defined in your text. Give three examples of norms that were once mores in our society, but over time have become folkways (or the other way around). Provide an analysis of why you think this change occurred.

Choice C: Agents of Socialization: Which ONE of these agents of socialization do you feel has the strongest effect on a person’s values and actions: schooling, peers, family, neighborhood, religion, or media? Why? Provide 3 detailed examples of how values/actions are influenced by the agent you selected.

Paper 2

Choice A: 100 years ago, sociologist W.E.B Du Bois said “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line.” Why is W.E.B Du Bois an important sociologist? What are two experiences you have had with issues of race?

Choice B: Describe three of the four sociological approaches to explaining prejudice (Cultural Transmission, Group Identification Theory, Personality Theories, Frustration-aggression hypothesis) Provide a real-life example of each. Which of these theories do you feel best explains discriminatory behaviors, why?

Choice C: Compare and contrast Robert Park’s traditional 3 generation model of assimilation or Milton Gordon’s 7 process assimilation model to your own family’s experience with assimilation.

Additional paper choices may be posted on the class website prior to paper due dates. Suggested outlines and additional resources available on the course website.


Students will choose their own final project addressing one of the following topics using the text, personal reflections/analysis, and outside sources:


Select a sociological theorist (W.E.B. Du Bois, Karl Marx, Robert Merton, Jane Addams, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, or others) and explain their contribution to the discipline. Briefly describe the background of the theorist. What are the major key points of their theory? How is their theory relevant today?

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