May be done in a group or individually. Choose an issue of sociology within the media and study how it exists and effects society. Media may include TV, movies, advertisements, print, internet etc. The goal is display your ability to see issues in society and show how they are represented visually. Findings will be presented to the class in a visual media presentation. Presentations will vary in length depending on members and should be accompanied by a 3 page paper outlining the project, main points, research etc..
While all projects may vary in presentation purpose and style all of them should follow the guidelines below when applicable.
1) Presentations: should be well prepared and professional. Group projects should be sure to represent each member equally in the presentation. Presenters should be sure of what they’re saying and why they’re saying it. It is fine and advisable to use notes to assist you during your presentation. Presentations should be reviewed before class time. (Do not begin only to find out that your video doesn’t play or you can’t open your email. Be prepared with backup copies, thumb drives, etc.
2) Presentations: should be approx. 5 minutes for individuals and adding an additional 2 minutes for each member.
3) Presentations: should be clear in purpose. The audience should know what your presentation is about and why we should be interested. It should have a clear introduction, body and conclusion.
4) Presentations: should be related to sociology and the course material in some way. This relationship should be apparent. The main theoretical perspectives should be represented.
5) Presentations: should be based on research and this should be evident in the presentation. (ex. The statement “many young people suffer from agoraphobia” should be supported by the statistics of whom, how many etc.
6) Presentations should be accompanied by a 3 page (minimum) outline which must include:
a. Description of the project (detailed)
b. Outline of presentation
c. Sociological relationship
d. Theoretical framework discussion
e. Description of members rolls (for group projects)
f. Relevant information
7) A copy of any materials used during the presentation should be submitted along with the outline (on disc if the files are too large to email)
Consider these questions when getting started on your group project
1) Topic (explain in detail what your issue is, why is it important and how is it represented in the media)
2) Sociological/theoretical framework (Explain which framework is guiding your project and why you see the issue from this perspective…Critical/Functional/Symbolic/ combination etc.)
3) Medium (Explain which medium: movies, tv, internet, magazines, newspapers, radio, theatre, etc. is best for displaying your social issue and why)
4) Presentation format (power point, posters, dramatic re enactment)
5) For groups explain who will be responsible for specific aspects of the presentation
6) Be sure to explain each area in detail
You will write one paper on any area of sociology that is of interest to you. You will approach your topic as a social scientist building a thesis/ hypothesis on your issue, explaining your theoretical framework and supporting it with research based on academic readings found in peer reviewed sources (min.5). Papers should be min. 5, max.10 pages typed (not including reference page)
1) Papers should be clear, concise and follow (loosely) the scientific method. Discussing the problem, theory, methods etc.
2) Papers should be sociological. Remember to discuss sociology in your paper, specifically the perspectives of conflict, structural functionalism and symbolic interactionism and which theory most resembles your viewpoint on the issue.
3) Paper’s may use a variety of sources, including the textbook, but MUST also use at least (5) academic sources from journals. These should be discussed in your paper and explicitly in your literature review/ background. Include reference page.
4) Quote and cite from the academic sources. The point of this assignment is to show that you can show, find and use academic sources in your analysis. Must have reference page/works cited
5) Possible chapter headings/sections for your paper should include: Introduction, the problem, theory, literature review, methods, and conclusions.
6) Papers must be original to this class and original work of your own. Recycled papers or papers using material cut & pasted from the internet will result in a failing grade for the assignment and possibly the course.
Sample Outline I
a. (discusses main points)
II. Main point (min. 5 different references)
III. Main point (min. 5 different references)
IV. Main point (min. 5 different references)
V. Sociological frameworks
b. Structural functionalism
c. Symbolic interactionism
a. Summarizes main points
Sample Outline II
a. Discusses main points
II. Literature review
a. Introduction to academic articles (min. 5)
b. Discuss and summarize each articles main points (3 reference/citation min. per article)
III. Sociological frameworks
b. Structural functionalist
c. Symbolic interactionist
a. Summarizes main points