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The Final Project (Due Jan 18)


Unit 6: December 20 - January 7
Deviance

Chapter 8: Reading: "Deviance." Entire Chapter by Jan 3

Assignments: 

Individual: Students will write a "letter to the editor" responding to each of the following two topics. The letter should clearly state your opinion on the question as well as supporting arguments. The two question are based on Frontline documentaries broadcast on WXXI / PBS. We will be viewing the videos in class.

Students will turn in a typewritten copy of their letter to the teacher.

They will also email their letter to Frontline  as part of an on-line discussion group. Frontline publishes the letters on its website and sometimes includes them in their broadcasts (Tuesdays / 9 PM / Cable 11 / Channel 21)

Due: January 3 
Based on the documentary "The Execution." 
Did it make sense to kill Clifford Boggess?
Website guide / On-line discussion group


Due: January 6 
Based on the documentary "Busted: America's War on Marijuana."
Are we winning the "War on Marijuana?"
Website guide /
On-line discussion group


Unit 5: November 29 - December 10
Sociological Investigation

Chapter 2: "Sociological Investigation." Entire chapter

Assignments: 

Individual: Due December 3. See On-line Study Guide Students should complete the on-line Multiple Choice Questions and use the on-line text to Email results to Peter Pappas

Group Project 3: Due December 10 


Simulation and Society

During the week of November 15-19, we will take a break from sociological theory and get on the floor to play the "The Marbles Game" a society-building simulation.

On November 22-23, we tested conflict and cooperation in "The Decision Game."


Unit 4: November 1 - 12
Society

Chapter 4: "Lenski: Society and Technology" pages 96 - 105,  On-line Study Guide (Note students are responsible only for the pages assigned.)

Students will view two video tapes in class: "Warriors of the Amazon" and Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World."

Assignment: 

Individual: Each student will write a minimum 2 page typed essay which compares the role of drugs in three societies - the Yanomami, "Brave New World," and contemporary America. The essay should focus on similarities and differences in the cultural setting for drug use in each society. 
Due: Friday, November 12.   Sample essay

(Note: this is the last assignment of the marking period.)


Unit 3: October 12 - 29
Socialization

Chapter 5: "Agents of Socialization" pages 136 - 141, "Socialization and the Life Course"  pages 141 - 146. On-line Study Guide (Note students are responsible only for the pages assigned.)

Assignments: 

Group project 2: Due October 28

Individual: Each student will prepare a 1 - 2 page typed position paper: "The agent of socialization  that has the greatest impact is: (choose one) family, school, peer group, mass media." Students should defend their position with at least 3 relevant examples and / or personal observations. Due: Tuesday October 19. Students should be prepared to participate that day in a class discussion.


Unit 2: September 29 - October12. 
Language,
Communications and Culture 

Chapter 3: "Society" See On-line Study Guide
Introduction to the foundations of culture. Students should complete the on-line Multiple Choice Questions and use the on-line text to Email results to peterpappas@email.msn.com by Friday 10/8

Assignments: 

Group Project 1  Due 10/7

Individual: Students will prepare a minimum 1-page typed position paper which argues for or against the idea that there is an emerging "Global Culture." See Text page 85. The paper should include an introduction which clearly states your position, at least three supporting examples ("McWorld" or continued ethnic wars?) and a conclusion. Due October 12. Students should be prepared to participate that day in a class debate.


Unit 1: September 8 - 28. Course Introduction


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