Description

This project is designed to teach you two things. First, you need to think critically in analyzing the world around you and applying sociological concepts and/or theories. Second, you need to form logical, scientifically-backed arguments around your analysis of the social world. For this paper, you will use your sociological imagination to analyze media of your choosing. You may select a song, an image, a movie, a news segment, a piece of art – anything that you find interesting. I encourage you to get creative with your selection. Given that this is a Media and Pop Culture class, I will use various forms of media throughout the semester for us to analyze as well. I prefer that you not select media that we have discussed at length in class and instead find something unique to analyze. However, if something truly stuck with you that we previously discussed, you must run it by me first as you will need approval. You must analyze your media using a sociological concept, sociological theory, or multiple concepts from the required assignments and explain how the concepts relate to your media. This is not just an “opinion” piece, as I want you to use what you have learned from the materials in class to justify your analysis of your media piece. You must properly cite the class material, whether it’s from the textbook and/or posted readings. You should also integrate additional citations throughout your paper. Although I do not require a minimum number of peer-reviewed sources, you must integrate peer-reviewed research beyond the original source(s) you are using to cite the concept(s) and/or theory in analyzing your selected form of media. Your paper must be 4-5 pages in length in which you engage with the class material and go beyond simply summarizing or explaining the key concepts. Additionally, this paper is to familiarize you with citing sources. Since this is a sociology course, I request that you use ASA format for your reference page and in-text citations. In-text references should include the author(s) last name(s) and the year (e.g., Barringer, Gay, and Lynxwiler 2013). At the end of the paper, you should have an alphabetized list of references that includes all of the articles you read and discussed in ASA format