Sociology Matters

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The purpose of this assignment is for you to apply what you learned about sociology concepts, methods and perspectives during this week’s learning activities. Use this week’s reading and discussions and your personal experiences to inform your answers.

Consider the two themes of the Sociology Matters box below:
Sociology matters because it makes us think about why some people in our society are treated better than others.

Do you hold any prejudices against subordinate racial or ethnic groups? If so, has your reading of this chapter helped you to see those groups from a different perspective? How would your life change if you yourself were a member of one of those groups?

Are you White? If so, what privileges, perhaps because of your race or citizenship, do you enjoy that you have always taken for granted? Can you think of a way to reduce one or more of those privileges so that others can be more equal—and would you cooperate with such an effort?
Sociology matters because it makes us more aware of prejudice and discrimination against members of certain racial and ethnic groups.

Are you non-White? If so, what kinds of stereotyping and discrimination have you seen non-Whites experience? Do you think racial discrimination can be reduced through cooperative contact among people of different races?

Are you or your parents recent immigrants to the United States? If so, what is the primary basis on which others react to you—your ethnic group, race, or country of origin? Do you think you or your children will someday blend into mainstream society in the United States, and if so, what might hasten that process?

Write a 700-word essay that shows how sociology matters in helping to explain your chosen topic. Be sure to demonstrate your understanding of this week’s readings by correctly applying Key Terms related to your selected topic and supporting your answers with appropriate examples from the course readings or your personal experience.

Organize your essay in paragraphs with introduction, body, and conclusion sections.

Quoted and paraphrased material should be less than 30 percent of your paper.
Provide complete APA style citations and references for all research materials used in the essay.

Format your document in APA style according to appropriate course-level APA guidelines available at the Center for Writing Excellence.