Soc Proj

SOCIOLOGY PROJECT 1
  1. Analyze and explain each of the following quotations. Each response should be well thought out with correct grammar and punctuation. Each response should be about 200 to 300 words.
    1. " Whatever sociology may be, it is the result of constantly asking the question, what is the meaning of this?" C. Wright Mills
    2.  “People who like to avoid shocking discoveries, who prefer to believe that society is just what they were taught in Sunday School, who like the safety of the rules… should stay away from sociology.” Peter Berger
    3. “Then I began to think, that it is very true which is commonly said, that the one-half of the world knoweth not how the other half liveth.” Francois Rabelais
    4. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” George Orwell
    5. “The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact, but of values.” Dean William R. Inge
  2. Technology has made a major impact on communication practices. Survey peers to determine which technological communication types they most commonly use as well as how frequently they communicate through these means. Research common issues with technology aided communication such as sexting and cyber bullying. You may also focus on how (or is) technology effecting the educational process, teen perspectives, et cetera. Compose a 5 paragraph essay to report your findings (should be about 400 - 500 words in length) and share the information you discovered during your exploration of these communication related topics. Be sure to answer questions from a sociological perspective and discuss the “why” of your findings.
  3. Construct a collage on a poster-board with pictures that represent the major American values identified in the text. As an alternative, you may make a 15 slide PowerPoint and email it to the instructor.
  4. Create a political cartoon that makes a good or bad point about the modern U.S. family.
  SOCIOLOGY PROJECT 2
  1. Analyze and explain each of the following quotations. Each response should be well thought out with correct grammar and punctuation. Each response should be about 200 to 300 words.
    1.  “ We have come to a turning point in the human habitation of the earth.” Barry Commoner
    2. “ If we don’t end war, war will end us.” H. G. Wells
    3. “It is always the same: once you are liberated, you are forced to ask who you are.” Jean Baudrillard
    4. "Society is an insane asylum ran by the inmates." Erving Goffman
    5. "The idea of "race" represents one of the most dangerous myths of our time." Ashley Montagu
  2. Explore the interactions present in a fictitious society by conducting a book study. Select a book in which society or human reactions are featured prominently, such as "Lord of the Flies," by William Golding, which deals with a group of boys who must create a society or "The Giver," by Lois Lowry, which presents a futuristic society in which individuality and choice are no longer allowed. Read the selected book and apply sociology theories to the information contained in the book. Explain how the society or interactions discussed in the novel align with or differ from commonly accepted sociological standards of human behavior. Compose a 5 paragraph essay to report your findings (should be about 400 - 500 words in length). Other books to consider may be “Utopia” by Thomas Moore, “1984” by George Orwell, “We” by Yevgeny Zamyaten, “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, or “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. If you choose a book other than these mentioned, please clear it with the instructor.
  3. Create a poster collage that demonstrates the wide variety of cultural heritages within the U.S.  Use an outline map of the U.S. as a background.  Include some demographic information regarding ethnicity/race within the United States.  As an alternative, you may make a 15 slide PowerPoint and email it to the instructor.
  4. Create a cartoon about social problems facing teens 
  SOCIOLOGY PROJECT 3
  1. Analyze and explain each of the following quotations. Each response should be well thought out with correct grammar and punctuation. Each response should be about 200 to 300 words.
    1.  “ Society is the old man behind the curtain in The Wizard of Oz .” Gloria Steinheim
    2. “ I try to be objective. I do not claim to be detached." C. Wright Mills
    3. “ The history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggle." Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels
    4. “ The very shaping of history now outpaces the ability of men to orient themselves in accordance with cherished values." C. Wright Mills.
    5. “ It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness." Karl Marx
  2. What is mass culture and how does it come about?  How do media and other institutions encourage societies to conform – to listen to the same music, believe the same things, eat the same food, etc.?  Is this a good, bad, or neutral feature of society, and do you believe that it will become more or less common in the future?  Consider a content analysis of the media to  support your opinions. Compose a 5 paragraph essay to report your findings (should be about 400 - 500 words in length).
  3. Create a poster project that uses both text and pictures to illustrate common struggles of teens in modern society.  As an alternative, you may make a 15 slide PowerPoint and email it to the instructor.
  4. Draw a cartoon that analyzes religion as a powerful agent of social control.
    SOCIOLOGY PROJECT 4
  1. Analyze and explain each of the following quotations. Each response should be well thought out with correct grammar and punctuation. Each response should be about 200 to 300 words.
    1. "Man is a moral being, only because he lives in society. Let all social life disappear and morality will disappear with it." Emile Durkheim

b.      "Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of spiritless conditions. It is the opiate of the masses." Karl Marx

c.       "My basic postulate is that no cultural forms survive unless they constitute responses which are adjustive or adaptive." Clyde Kluckholn

d.      "Habit is the great flywheel of society." William James

e.       The sociological imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society." That is its task and its promise." C. Wright Mills.

2.      How should aid be given to the poor in America, by the government or by charitable organizations?  Consider the pros and cons of each system.  How about calling or writing to someone from the United Way and a lawmaker to help you form your own opinion? Consider interviewing someone. Do some research on the topic Compose a 5 paragraph essay to report your findings (should be about 400 - 500 words in length).

3.      Create a poster that illustrates the variety of religions in the U.S.  Include demographics. As an alternative, you may make a 15 slide PowerPoint and email it to the instructor.

4.      Create a cartoon on any aspect of American culture (e.g., materialism, fame, ethnocentrism, youth, etc.).