The purpose of this assignment is to use your knowledge of sociological theory to understand the current pandemic. You may choose from (only) the following perspectives:
Functionalism, Conflict, Symbolic Interactionism, Ethnomethodology, or Critical TheoryPrepare an analysis, which includes:
a. brief (1-2 paragraph) summary of the issueb. application of concepts and principlesBe sure to clearly identify and explicate the basic tenets/concepts of your chosen theory to the specific aspect of the pandemic you are analyzing (for example, you can consider the financial/economic impact, the social impact, the global impact, global inequalities, gender inequalities, racial inequalities, the psychological impact of social distancing, the various mental health implications, suicide, addiction, families living in tight quarters and complicated family dynamics, the college experience and what this means now and later, implications for higher ed as a result of the pandemic, racism amidst the pandemic (for ex, the treatment of Asians and Asian Americans), ageism and the treatment of the elderly, expecting a baby at this moment in history, relationships and intimacy now (people away from significant others, the toll on marriages, etc), unemployment, food insecurity and hunger, self-harm, the trappings of domestic violence and incest and assault amidst quarantine, health care, effects on friendships, technology, creativity that emerges during these rocky periods in history-–art, music, literature, dance, film, poetry, etc…). c. you MUST include at least one appropriate quote (with page numbers) from your chosen theory from our textbook/class readings in your analysis
I anticipate 2-3 double-spaced typed pages for this assignment. Essays should comply with standard formatting rules (1-inch margins, 12-pt font, double-spaced text).
You can write an excellent and interesting essay by relying solely on class texts. Or you could draw on other course materials (videos, class notes…) to help frame and/or inform your paper.
***DO NOT USE PAPERS/BLOG POSTS/OR ANY WRITINGS FOUND ON THE INTERNET WHILE WRITING YOUR PAPER; RELY ONLY ON YOUR NOTES AND CLASS TEXTS WHEN DISCUSSING YOUR CHOSEN THEORY; ANY HINT OF PLAGIARISM WILL BE BROUGHT TO THE HONOR COUNCIL***
Below are two links that discuss how to be successful in writing a paper that applies a particular theoretical perspective to a social issue:https://soc.washington.edu/writing-papers-apply-sociological-theories-or-perspectiveshttp://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/sociology/(for the second link, look under the heading Application or testing of a theory or concept)
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