The purpose of this assignment is to “wet you feet” in the area of being deviant and doing observational research. In completing this assignment, make sure you are being research oriented and using your sociological imagination.
Deviance is defined as “a violation of cultural norms”. We will discuss more about deviance in the coming weeks.
Think about five things or ideas you have learned about sociology this semester and integrate them into your 5 - 6 page typed double-spaced paper (using Times New Roman 12 cpi) This means a total written of 5 - 6 pages (actually written complete pages, not counting cover sheet or title). Underline or highlight the five concepts in your paper.
You need to also use at least 5 references from professional journal articles which you incorporate into the literature review section of your paper.
Your project has to be something you do between now and when the assignment is due (11.03.15).Engage in any (legal) kind of deviant behavior, and observe the reactions of people around you. Example: Face the wall in an elevator; talk to yourself while walking through a crowd; walk backwards down the street; stand up while everyone is sitting; laugh at a sad story; intentionally miscommunicate with someone; dye your hair red, white, and blue; follow someone in the store. Use your social research creativity.
You need to write your paper using APA (American Psychological Association format). There are online sources which explain this format. The WT Library also has good sources which explain APA format.
You should also go to the WT Writing Center located in the Classroom Center 107 – Student Success Center to get help and feedback on your paper. Plan ahead and start your paper early.
Your paper needs to include the following parts:
An introduction to the topic of deviance and literature review. What are the different ways that deviance is defined? What do sociologists say? Include at least 5 references from professional journal articles into your literature review section.
Describe your deviant act. Include date, time location etc. Be specific.
Observe! What is the attitude of those around you? What is their reaction etc? How does all of this make you feel? For example, what is your reaction to their reaction?
Integrate at least five things or ideas you have learned about sociology during this semester. Use your books and notes to assist you. Underline, highlight or bold the five concepts in your paper.
This research project will provide you with the opportunity to conduct a sociological analysis on a topic of homeless of your choosing from one of the topics below. You will write a 5 -7 page paper. For this paper, you will need to do some outside research to explore your topic and use course concepts to analyze and organize your findings. You will need at least 5 sources. You will also need a reference page listing your sources. Three of your 5 sources should be from scholarly peer reviewed journal articles. The length of the paper requires you to condense a lot of material, be sure to narrow your topic down to a workable paper.
Choose from one of these topics of homelessness (be creative and have fun with it):
Once you have selected a topic for your research paper, you need to focus and narrow, it into a specific research question. Your question should be one that:
Questions to answer your topic selection and description
In other words, your paper should include the following basics: