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 theme of the Sociology Matters below: Sociology matters because it explains why you accept certain social norms almost without thinking—and why you pay a price if you break those norms.
Sociology Matters: Sociology matters because it explains why you accept certain social norms almost without thinking—and why you pay a price if you break those norms.
What social norms were you expected to conform to when you became a student at your college or university? Are they similar to or different from the norms you grew up with?
What happens to students who do not conform to accepted social norms? Is social control on your campus stricter or more lenient than social control in other parts of society?
Is crime a problem on your campus? If so, what social forces might underlie it?
Select one bullet question listed in the Sociology Matters box above as your topic to illustrate these themes.
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.