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Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 101 - SUNY Morrisville
Professor Kurt Reymer
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OPRs (One-Page Reports)


Writing exercises on sociological topics will be assigned during the course. The assignment guidelines are designed to enhance research and writing skills and show your understanding of the themes of sociology that we are covering in the course. They will be graded on a 20-point basis. See the “Late Paper” policy section below regarding late submissions.

One-Page Report #2: Self, Groups, Conformity and Deviance

In part two of the course, we have delved into the process by which we, ourselves, are a product of our society (through processes such as group conformity), but we are also possessed of free-will to go against the social norms and mores that shape our social existence, thereby being deviant. This assignment asks you to discover acts of deviance in the news (or, as I like to call it, the "nightly deviance report").

STEP 1: Find a current article about a crime that has been committed within the past three weeks. Look for language within the article that lends itself to a sociological explanation of the deviant behavior using one or more of the theories of deviance. You should not Google “crime” or “deviance” to find a current events article related to crime and deviance; rather, check reputable online news sources or an actual article about a crime or deviant behavior. There are always major deviant acts each week that make the national and local news

Articles should be a minimum of 500 words, recent (within three weeks), relevant (related to crime, deviance, and social control), and from a reputable news source (check the library website for free access to national news sources, if needed).

STEP 2: Write a thorough summary of the article.

STEP 3: Using your sociological imagination, write an analysis of the article that connects the main idea(s) of the article to specific key terms and theories from the past three chapters on Socialization (Chp 5), Groups (Chp 6), and Deviance (Chp 7), Crime and Social Control.

STEP 4: Be sure you have Included a link to your article, check for any writing errors, and submit your response paper.

Your paper should be one page in length (approximately 250-300 words), double-spaced, 1-inch margins, standard font, and in paragraph form (not just a bullet list response).

You should:
(1) save your work as a PDF file (for MS Word use the "Save as..." feature; for Google Docs, "Download as..."), with the
(2) filename starting with your LAST NAME-OPR2, then
(3) attach the PDF file to me in an email (reymers@morrisville.edu) with the subject line reading OPR2.

OPR 2 DUE end of day Monday, November 1

Rubric

 


OPR 1: S.O.C.I. Connections

For this One-Page Report, recall both the S.O.C.I. mnemonic (see Powerpoint notes if needed) and the question I asked you in week 2 about the thing you love doing most.

Using the thing you love doing most as a reference, advance your Self-teaching through analysis of the ideas, values, attitudes, opinions and norms that Occupy your mind (your “normative framework,” or ideas, etc. related to that thing) with respect to this thing and how you Copy those ideas in your own words and actions (your “role performances,” or behaviors related to that thing). Where and/or who did your ideas about the thing you love doing most come from?  What institutions are involved in the thing you love doing most? How does this thing you love doing most intersect with your Identity, that sense of wholeness in yourself? And finally, using your sociological imagination connect what you love doing most to the larger society – what institutions are necessary for that thing to exist and do communities develop around that thing?

Write using the language of sociology (refer to norms, roles, institutions, etc. in your writing).

Submission Guidelines: Your paper should be one page in length (approximately 250-300 words), double-spaced, 1-inch margins, standard font, and in paragraph form (not just a bullet list response).

IMPORTANT! You should:
(1) save your work as a PDF file (for MS Word use the "Save as..." feature; for Google Docs, "Download as..."), with the
(2) filename starting with your LAST NAME-OPR1, then
(3) attach the PDF file to me in an email (reymers@morrisville.edu) with the subject line reading OPR1.

Due Monday September 20 (end of day)