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GUIDELINES FOR WRITING THE PAPER Use subheadings for each section of your paper.
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GUIDELINES FOR WRITING THE PAPER Use subheadings for each section of your paper.
GUIDELINES FOR WRITING THE PAPER Use subheadings for each section of your paper. A desсrіption of the expectations of each of these sections is discussed below. SOCIAL SCIENCE WRITING STYLE. A quick note on writing style: The “Research Methods” section of your paper can be written in first person (For example, “I attended the meetings of three student groups.”). The rest of your paper, however, should be written impersonally and objectively. Examples:  Bad: “I continually saw the leaders acting authoritatively.”  Good: “The leaders typically used an authoritarian leadership style.” DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT SECTIONS Research Question. What social pattern you are exploring, and what are you trying to learn from it? (1 sentence) Examples:  How do boys’ toys and girls’ toys differ, and what does this teach us about gender roles?  How do leaders of student organization conduct meeting, and what type of leadership styles do they use?  How have portrayals of African Americans changed in movies or television or magazine covers over the past 60 years?  What rituals or symbols are distinctive in a worship service, and what are their meanings? Research Methods (a little less than 1 page) Students should typically spend at least one hour systematically exploring and observing their specific social phenomenon. This should be enough time to see and discern the social patterns that guide this aspect of society. What research method did you use? (Review methods information in Chapter 1) Likely Methods (select only one): Participant Observation Describe the way you systematically observed your social phenomenon Exactly what did you observe? How did you select the things that you observed? How did you systematically observe your topic? How did your observations follow the principles of scientific research? What shortcomings were there in your research methods? These are a brief student project. There is no problem with a lack of true scientific research, but it is important to be aware of and to acknowledge these shortcomings. How did your observations fall short of being truly systematic and scientific? If you were doing this research as a professional researcher, or if you had more time, what would you have done differently? Results/Observations (a little less than 1 page) In this section you describe in detail your observations. You do not try to explain why the pattern exists. You are simply reporting the patterns that you have noticed:  List all the types of things you noticed.  What patterns did you notice in this social phenomenon?  Conceptually organize your observations into categories of things you noticed. Example: The difference between boys’ and girls’ toys: Color: Pink/light for girls, blue/black/purple for boys. Provide examples. Are there exceptions? Type of Toy: Girls = Sweet and Optimistic; Boys = Active and Aggressive. Elaborate. Exceptions? Cost of Toy? Is there a difference? Many other possible category possibilities. It depends on your research question and observations. Analysis/Connection to Class Material (a little less than 1 page) Based on your findings, what do these patterns tell us? What do your findings teach us about this social phenomenon/topic? Based on your findings, what next steps would you recommend for future research on this topic? What concepts, theories, or examples from the course text and lectures relate to your research? Elaborate with specific citations (including page number) and direct quotes of key theoretical information. Don’t just quote basic definitions, but important theoretical and conceptual points. Does your research support or refute what your text says? If it refutes course material, why do you think this is? Personal Reflection (OPTIONAL; any length) As a science, sociology strives to be objective and to remove human bias from our observations and analysis. However, we are human and we like to weigh in on the issues we are researching. If you have personal opinions based on your research that you would like to express, please save them for this section. What the paper is on Option #2: Culture in Movies A common trope in films is the “fish out of water” story: somebody finds themselves in a new culture, and they must learn a new way of life. Usually, the person experiences many funny misunderstandings along the way. Watch a fish-out-of-water movie (or TV show) and analyze it using sociological concepts of culture:  What did the “fish” have to learn about material culture? oDress? oFood? oObjects and technology used? What did the “fish” have to learn about nonmaterial culture? oWhat distinctive beliefs and values are learned? oWhat distinctive behaviors are exhibited? oAny patterns to their emotional expressions? oWhat misunderstandings arrive from the cultural differences? The movie is: Coming to America (Eddie Murphy)

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