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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.

 

OPR 2: S.O.C.I.alization: Groups, Conformity, and Deviance

For the second One-Page Report, recall the S.O.C.I. mnemonic (see Powerpoint notes if needed). Much of what Occupies our minds--the ideas and beliefs that influence and is "Copied" into our behavior--comes from how we are socialized in our youth. Reflecting on your childhood can reveal a lot about your own personality and "cognitive framework" (the way you think).

Watch this video about the influence of childhood on the adult self:

Then write a one-page report about your social history from childhood to present and the moments of socialization that had the greatest influence on the young adult person you have become. You should strive to use some or all of the following vocabulary in your report: socialization, personality, identity, group, reference group, conformity, deviance.

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-OPR2, then
(3) attach the PDF file to me in an email (reymers@morrisville.edu) with the subject line reading OPR2.

Due Monday November 1 (end of day)


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)