Wk 1 – Sociology Matters

Instructions:
The purpose of this assignment is for you to apply what you learned about sociology concepts, methods and perspectives during this week’s learning activities. Use this week’s reading and discussions and your personal experiences to inform your answers.

Consider the two themes of the Sociology Matters box below: Sociology matters because it raises your awareness of cultural patterns you would otherwise take for granted; and because it shows you how you became who you are:
Sociology Matters below

Sociology matters because it raises your awareness of cultural patterns you would otherwise take for granted.

What culture and/or subcultures do you belong to? Have you ever questioned your culture’s norms and values?
How does your culture relate to cultures in other societies? Do you feel comfortable in mainstream society?
Sociology matters, too, because it shows you how you became who you are.

How do you view yourself as you interact with others around you? How do you think you formed this view of yourself?
What people, groups, or social institutions have been particularly important in helping you to define who you are?

Select one bullet question listed in the Sociology Matters box as your topic to illustrate these themes.

Write a 700-word essay that shows how sociology matters in helping to explain your chosen topic. Be sure to demonstrate your understanding of this week’s readings by correctly applying Key Terms related to your selected topic and supporting your answers with appropriate examples from the course readings or your personal experience.

Organize your essay in paragraphs with introduction, body, and conclusion sections.

Quoted and paraphrased material should be less than 30 percent of your paper.
Provide complete APA style citations and references for all research materials used in the essay.

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