Paper 3: Social Forces
Introduction to Sociology
In this paper, analyze how different social forces have impacted you as a person. You will choose either family or education to use in this paper.
For this assignment, you will 1) explain which social institution (family or education) you have chosen for this paper and your final paper, a sociological portrait, based on yourself, 2) describe the social forces of gender, race and ethnicity, and social class, and 3) how they have shaped your identity and sense of self. Be sure that in your writing you demonstrate a clear understanding of the definition and nature of these three social forces; it is best to define these in your own words. You may choose to use sections of this paper in your final paper.
Specifically, the following elements must be addressed:
- Explain which social institution (either family or education) you have chosen for your final paper and why. Include a brief description of the social institution you chose and its importance.
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of the definition of gender and how it is used in society.
- Describe how gender has shaped your identity, specifically through your experience with your chosen social institution.
- Race and Ethnicity
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of the definition and how race and ethnicity are used in society.
- Describe how race and ethnicity has shaped your identity, specifically through your experience with your chosen social institution.
- Social Class
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of the definition of social class and how it is used in society.
- Describe how social class has shaped your identity, specifically through your experience with your chosen social institution.
Guidelines for this paper should follow these formatting guidelines: four paragraph paper (one paragraph for each element above) in 2-3 pages and citations in APA or MLA Format. You may cite the book or class notes/slides in your paper. Please provide a reference list at the end of the paper if you include outside sources.
Use 12 point Times New Roman font, one inch margins on all sides, double-spacing, and no title page.
Helpful Tip: If you are struggling with just one or two of the social forces here’s something to think about. For gender, race, and class, what are the dominant and minority groups for each? Are you a dominant group member for one of the categories? This can potentially be a reason why it’s harder to think of its impact on your identity. If you fall into the categories of male (or cisgender–someone who identities with one of the two traditional gender categories), white, or middle class and higher, ask yourself the following questions: “what benefits come as a result of that status (trying to separate it from the other categories)?” “What disadvantages might someone have if they are in the minority group for that category?” “What makes that distinction clear?” “How do we become aware of these differences?” (Often times because we occupied the “default” status, our experiences seem “ordinary.” But we are each anything but ordinary! We are all unique; and all of these factors have had an impact on each of our identities, though some may be more powerful than others. Your level of analysis for these categories will really show that you’re able to use your sociological imagination.)
*Adapted from SNHU
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