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Sociology

What patterns can you find?

Overview
For this paper, you will examine the online comments section a media story of your choice. For example, comments in a story posted in a digital newspaper, TikTok comments, You Tube comments, Twitter comments, Facebook comments of a news story , Reddit, or something similar.
Decide on your research question. Many researchers start with nothing specific in mind (inductive reasoning) or with a very specific idea in mind (deductive reasoning). You could think about looking for signs of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, or body shaming, or body positivity, for example.
Past researchers have looked for certain themes (i.e., research questions):
* what kind of personal information do people share on twitter? * do people believe election results?
* do most commenters have a negative view about being overweight?
You’re going to look for patterns. You should pick a certain kind of story or blog to examine and then read through the comments of that story as well as other similar stories. What patterns can you find?
Paper Guidelines
3-4 page (no cover page is necessary)
double-spaced
margins no more than one inch
font no larger than 12 point
Your paper should include the following headings (shown in bold).
1) Introduction/Methodology
The first part of your paper should be an introduction to the topic or issue that you will be discussing. Here is also where you’ll describe your methodology – where you gathered your data, from which online sources, and approximately how many comments were read and analyzed.
Describe your research question.
2) Findings
Once you’ve decided on your topic and research question, and decided on your methodology, you’re going to examine the language of the commenters.
What did you discover? You are looking for patterns.
* Were comments negative or positive?
* Was there a a word or words or term that was used repeatedly?
* Was there underlying racism/sexism/ageism?
* Was there a pattern of topics most commented upon? Giving percentages or counting is expected.
Here is an example:
Researcher Joyce reads the Daily Mail (online gossip paper) every day for a week. She reads every story that relates to Meghan Markle and then examines the “most popular” comments in each story. She finds that 2/3rds of the comments posted each day on each story included racist terms or derogatory comments about Meghan Markle. The finding is that most people who comment on the Daily Mail stories have prejudicial thoughts about Ms. Markle.
3) Analysis
In the analysis portion, you look at the patterns found in your findings, and analyze the meanings of these patterns.
* What general conclusions can you make based on your data?
* What might the comments made say about our culture or society?
* What messages are being sent about the writers of the posts?
* How might the comments impact the subjects of the comments (ex: are people being racist, sexist)?
* How might the patterns you discovered impact people reading them on a societal level? (For example, if there are a lot of body positive comments on a TikTok video. might that show that young people are very open to differing body types?)
4) Conclusion
The last part of your paper should be the conclusion. This is the time to wrap up your ideas and concluding thoughts. Read over your paper completed paper and make sure any point you might have brought up has been resolved, discussed and dealt with in a clear manner.

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Sociology

Choose two areas you felt reflected you.

Paper Requirements:
NEED SPECIFIC EXAMPLES FROM Close Encounters Communication in Relationships by Laura K. Guerrero
AND
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
APA format (running head and cover page not required)
5-to-7-page content paper, not including your reference
Your overall impression of the book (1 page)
Choose two areas you felt reflected you. Explain why you were drawn to the sections. Please use examples within your discussion from the text (The text refers to Close Encounters Communication in Relationships by Laura K. Guerrero) as well as Thrive by Arianna Huffington. (2-3 pages)
How did this book connect with our Guerrero text? This section will have you use concepts from Guerrero as well as the book, “Thrive” (1-2 pages)
The major “take away” on relationships gained from this reading (1 page)

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Sociology

Full points will be awarded when sociological concepts and terms are used in the post and a direct quote(s) from the speaker is made.

Watch the video http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_root_wolpe_it_s_time_to_question_bio_engineering
Full points will be awarded when sociological concepts and terms are used in the post and a direct quote(s) from the speaker is made. ALSO, there must be a direct discussion of how something the speaker says relates to at least 5 of the following; abortion, automation, cultural lag, cyber bullying, cybernation, deep web, e-commerce, future shock, gene monopolies, gene therapy, genetic cloning, genetic engineering, genetic exception laws, genetic information nondiscrimination act of 2008, genetic testing, Internet, Internet of things (IoT), Internet piracy, learning health systems, malware, membership, communities, outsource, participation gap, penetration rate, postmodernism, reproductive cloning, science, STEM, stem cells, technological dualism, technology, therapeutic cloning, technology induced diseases, and technological fix. Posts should be several sentences long, or roughly 275 words. This is not just a summary of the video but a discussion of race and immigration.

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Sociology

Optionally cite the lectures as well.

You must provide a detailed analysis of the film as it relates to at least two of topics covered
(e.g. race and ethnicity & gender and sexuality). Your essay must have a logical flow that ties
all of your points together. You must draw on the class readings from those weeks. You can
optionally cite the lectures as well.
Please note that your essay can consist of a critique of the film, meaning that you can use the
topics in class to analytically criticize it. For instance, you can use the gender or race and
ethnicity lectures/readings to think about how X film fails to deploy intersectional
frameworks.
Pease make sure to reference the sociology style guide. You cannot use external sources.
rubric

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Sociology

What steps did you take, what were your feelings and thoughts during the activity, and what were the results you received?

This week, we will complete the Harvard Implicit Experiment interactive activity and discuss our experiences.
Instructions:
1. To explore your own perceptions about people, try Project implicit at Harvard University. It is part education, part research experiment. You can be part of the research project! Please go to this link to read all about it.
https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/education.html
2. Choose a test to take. The Implicit Association Test measures the attitudes and beliefs that you may have which are subconscious or simply not thought about on a regular basis. We may hold many beliefs or simply preferences that come from our cultural influences, upbringing, biases, and elsewhere and we may simply not be aware of them. This test aims to get at those underlying beliefs and preferences.
https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html
3. After taking the test, think about the following: Were you surprised at the results? How accurate do you feel they are? How does this type of research reveal why the study of deviance is important?
4. Write your Week 8 discussion initial post. In your initial post, describe in detail your experience with this activity. What steps did you take, what were your feelings and thoughts during the activity, and what were the results you received? Do you agree or disagree with the results and the method used? And, how might you apply this activity to your own understanding of deviance as you look back over what you have learned in this course? How might the activity be of use to you in other areas of your life, for example professionally, personally, socially, culturally?

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Sociology

When that is not the case, you should choose one or two points or themes from the readings or class discussions with which to engage.

Your reading reflection papers are a way for you to engage with the materials and themes we are covering for any particular week. At times, I will pose questions for you to respond to. When that is not the case, you should choose one or two points or themes from the readings or class discussions with which to engage. This might, for example, be something you agree (or disagree with), a common theme across all readings, musings on a comment made by one of your classmates in a discussion thread, how something raised in the text(s) resonates with something in your life, questions you have, or some combination of these.
These entries should be critical, and probing. While some background context might be necessary, your job is not to summarize or describe what the readings say. Rather, I am looking for a deeper engagement—for you to synthesize and analyze what the author(s) are saying and reflect on your own thoughts.
As indicated on the syllabus, each should be ~700 words. Reflection papers covering the given material for a week are due by 11:59 pm on Thursday.
Articles Provided for the week are attached

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Sociology

The term/final paper should be 15-20 pages in length and with majority of the reference from scholarly articles.

The term/final paper should be 15-20 pages in length and with majority of the reference from scholarly articles. Please NO WIKIPEDIA references.
The term paper should discuss a specific terrorism topic (e.g. domestic terrorism, bioterrorism, chemical terrorism, Internet and terrorism, counterterrorism, economic impacts of terrorism).
In addition, there is no particular format for the paper, however, I expect the paper to have introduction, research methodology used (e.g. Boolean search, Google Scholar databases, published references), literature review, and conclusion/findings. The paper should be of high quality capable of either publishable or ready for conference presentation with standard American Psychological Association (APA) citation format.

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Sociology

Describe and discuss the target audience, what the product claims to fix and if there are alternatives.

“Health” Advertising (ch 14): Choose a commercial which is advertising a medication or healing substance (or action). Describe and discuss the target audience, what the product claims to fix and if there are alternatives. Analyze, critique, discuss, react, incorporating and pertinent aspects and factors regarding the topics in class. The intent of this assignment is about how substances can be advertised (i.e. direct-to-consumer) via media platforms to influence the viewer. Also, how sociologists have to consider how society may potentially present or spotlight features related to medications, drugs, substances, and/or healing actions.
Directions: Think as a sociologist and include at least one concept from the chapters we have covered and include the page number. If you provide any links, make sure they work and get me to what I am supposed to be seeing, also listing the complete reference for it, when applicable. Each project is worth 25 points and will lose points if late.
**This paper must include at least one outside academic reference cited within the paper and with the complete listing in a works cited section at the end of the paper.
MUST GET SOURCE FROM FOLLOWING SITE
https://utopia.ut.edu
Peer-Reviewed Sources: Use the UT library sociology database (SOCINDEX) to find peer-reviewed sources (check the box for “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals”). You may use other sources (magazines, newspapers, internet) as supplemental sources if you would like to, but these do not count toward your required sources. If you only use these other types of sources, you will not receive full points, no matter how well the paper is written.

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Sociology

Write a title!

Choose a topic that investigates gender systems. You may choose to investigate an aspect of your own culture or from a culture that you are less familiar with.
There are many ways to approach developing your topic. You may choose a specific social structure such as work or education and investigate how it is gendered. Some of our readings will familiarize you with these areas. You may also challenge the limited gender categories that our society offers. Discussing or emailing your course instructor with your topic ideas is encouraged, but not required.
Your report will require the following: Title page, introduction, essay body, conclusion, and references.
The title page is an essential part of your essay. While the specific details of title pages might vary according to the requirements of particular subjects, the following information is fairly standard. Your title page should include: title of assignment (i.e., the essay question or topic), your name, course code, course instructor, department, and due date (i.e., the date on which the essay is due).
A title page does more than provide a space for the name of the writer of the essay. It is the part of your essay that will create the first (and often lasting) impression about you as a writer. Write a title! Be creative.
The introduction to your essay is probably the most important part of your text. It gives your reader an indication of what to expect in terms of quality, substance, and interest.
Many students find that writing an introduction is often the most difficult part of the essay because of the importance of the introduction to the essay’s structure and the difficulty of getting started. Remember that all statements of fact need citations. Introductory paragraphs need citations too.
The conclusion ties together the main threads of your argument. It should not be used for introducing new information. The point of a conclusion is to provide a sense of closure for your essay.
However, depending on the topic and/or subject area, you can use the conclusion to reflect on future developments in the field or the ramifications that your findings might have for future research in the area.
In essence, the conclusion sums up your main ideas. Fundamentally, it should leave the reader in no doubt that you have demonstrated what you set out to do.
You are required to identify and acknowledge all sources of information in a reference section. This is a list of sources at the end of your essay. These will also need to be referenced in your text whenever they are used.
Minimum requirement for length – 8 pages (not including title page or reference page), 12 point, standard margins (1 inch around). Minimum of 7 academic sources. The text may be included as one source.
Grading areas will include strength/relevance of topic, content, spelling, grammar, writing style, and meeting assignment criteria. Specific attention will be paid to proper referencing and academic writing rules.

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Sociology

Explained; research and facts are thoroughly discussed.

In a 4 page paper:
1. Explain a specific social problem.
2.Explain existing programs/policies that are trying to remedy the problem.
3. Explain defects in the current programs/policies.
4. Propose a viable solution.
The essay should have the flow of a social science paper: a clear thesis statement related to a
sociological problem, a body with examples to support your statements, and a conclusion. A
work cited page is required. Must use at least 5 peer reviewed articles that are cited
within the essay.
The paper should indicate that the student has read/watched the weekly materials by citing
theories in the text that support the essay argument.
Graphs, pictures, charts are helpful.
MUST CHOOSE FROM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TOPICS
Poverty
Homelessness
Sex trafficking
Police brutality
Hate crimes
Mental health in prison
Prison reform
Mandatory minimum sentencing
Opioid epidemic
Global health concerns (Covid, or other
viruses/infections)
The Paper Must have the following:
1. Must be four double-spaced pages in length and formatted according to APA or MLA. Please note, the work cited
page does not count as one of the 4 pages.
2. Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
3. Must address the specific topic of the paper with critical thought. Connections are made and
explained; research and facts are thoroughly discussed. All personal opinions are left out and
statements are based on research facts. Students should not use first person points of view.
4. Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
5. Must be free from spelling and grammatical errors.
6. Must use APA or MLA style as outlined in the APA or MLA style guide to cite all sources within
the body of the paper.
7. Must include, on the final page, a work cited page that is completed according to APA style as
outlined in the APA or MLA style guide.