November 8, 2012

Socializations Agents Media vs. Parenting

Sample Paper 2 by Shane Johnson - Fall 2012
[The strength of this paper is the recognition that the media is not only an agent of socialization, but also socializing other agents of socialization]

When I consider becoming a parent and when I talk to parents, discussions about how to best raise children are inevitable. Every parent has an idea about the best way to bring up their children, and in the process of enacting their own ideas they are becoming agents of socialization for their children. Acting as an agent of socialization is an important factor to the continuance of the human race as it passes on valuable learning to subsequent generations. As a result of the closeness that parents share with their children I would argue, and I believe many would agree that throughout a child's life (especially in the younger years), parents and family are the most important and influential agents of socialization. However, I think that another agent of socialization is taking an important and influential role in children's lives. In this paper I will examine if media is becoming more influential than parents (or family), throughout children's lives in the United States.

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Socialization in Ladakh

Sample Paper 2 by Jenny Parker - Fall 2012

[This paper does an excellent job including the concepts of social identity, globalization, and socialization, as well as integrating Ishmael.]

In weeks 3-6 in our course we have adjusted our focus towards society and culture. Culture "consists of the values the members of a group hold, the languages they speak, the symbols they revere, the norms they follow and the material goods they create" (Giddens, 54). The complex relationship between society and culture was illustrated by the novel Ishmael and the article on Ladakh which showed two societies which were each differently affected by the similar problem of conformity.

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June 12, 2008

The Strategic Use of Rape as a Weapon in War and Ethnic Cleansing

An excellent research paper by Kristy Reddick - Spring 2008

Throughout the countless wars of human history, rape and other forms of sexual violence have been perpetrated against citizens by advancing soldiers and occupational military forces. While in the past, rapes and other sexual aggressions have been considered as random occurrences taking place in the "fog of war", increasing evidence may prove to debunk this social myth, especially in cases of ethnic cleansing and genocide. The opportunistic rape and pillage of previous centuries has been replaced in modern conflict by rape used as an orchestrated combat tool, (Smith-Spark, 2008) used to humiliate and demoralize individuals and cause ruinous rifts between spouses, extended family members and whole communities.

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January 30, 2008

What is Diversity…Really?

This is an excellent Paper 1 example by Kay Pettygrove.

Diversity at Portland Community College appears to be everywhere. But is it? Diversity is defined in the Encarta English Dictionary as "ethnic variety, as well as socioeconomic and gender variety, in a group, society, or institution." Based on that definition, it appears that Portland Community College embraces a culture rich in diversity of all types. Walking the campus, it is easy to identify the many different ethnic groups as well as the varying ages of the students. What is more difficult to determine is the differences in socio-economic groups and particular sexual preferences of individuals. Is diversity however, a numbers game? True diversity should be judged by the institution's efforts to increase educational opportunities that identify and promote understanding of the differences and similarities among different cultural groups. Being able to meet a predetermined quota of minority students is not enough.

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The Importance of Objectivity in Sociology

This is an excellent Paper 1 example by Kindra Kerp.

Pick up a National Geographic magazine, flip through the pages and describe what you see. Perhaps the pictures that stand out are the ones that display people of different cultures practicing rituals or chores that you find extremely odd, maybe even frightening and horrifying. Why do you think that is, and what is it's relevance? What conclusions do you make about the people on those other-world pages?

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January 29, 2008

The Nursing Shortage as a Sociological Issue

This is an excellent Paper 1 example by Christina Jones.

In April of 2006, officials with Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released projections that the nation’s nursing shortage would grow to more than one million nurses by 2020 (HRSA, 2006). A report by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) states that nursing schools in the U.S. turned away 42,866 qualified applicants from nursing programs in 2006 (AACN, 2007). The current nursing shortage and the difficulty of qualified applicants getting into nursing programs is therefore an issue that interests me so I am choosing it as the topic of this paper.

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January 20, 2008

Excellent Student Paper Example

Seeing Through New Eyes: The Sociological Perspective

By Student Author Genevieve Andersen

What is Sociology? Sociology is the study of human behavior in society (Andersen & Taylor 2006). ‘Well, that’s all well and good,’ you say, ‘but what do you mean by that statement? There are many components to human behavior, not to mention human interaction; many parts and pieces of society. In fact, what does one mean by society? Does a sociologist study the individual or the group as a whole? Does he or she study the reasons for behavioral patterns and or simply the statistics – what they are? What is so special? And why should it matter?’

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