Summary Description: Write a 1500-1750 word (not including bibliography/referenc
Summary Description: Write a 1500-1750 word (not including bibliography/referenc
Summary Description: Write a 1500-1750 word (not including bibliography/references) sociological autobiography in which you appropriately use a minimum of six sociological (maximum eight) concepts to demonstrate that you understand the role of societal factors that have influenced specified aspects of your life. Your essay will focus on your personal experiences of either one of the following: A) You can focus on one important single issue that you believe has played an important role in your life (e.g. your community, your interest is a particular sport or genre of music, your parents’ economic class position, your cultural capital) and use sociological concepts to analyze why that issue has been important in your life. OR B) You can keep track of your typical consumption activities in a given week and use sociological concepts to analyze how your consumption activities say something about who you are. Specific Criteria: 1.The essay requires you to demonstrate your comprehension of required readings (these are mainly textbook chapters), a selection of supplemental course readings, and a selection of sociological concepts. Specifically: · Direct engagement with and reference to a minimum of five (and maximum of eight) textbook chapters. · Direct engagement with and reference to a minimum of two (and maximum of four) additional sources from your supplementary readings and videos list. · Direct engagement with a minimum of six (maximum eight) sociological concepts from your textbook. You must explain the concepts and then use them accurately to demonstrate that you understand them. The list of approved concepts is provided below. Please BOLD concepts at first use. . Give careful attention to essay composition and writing skills · Remember to tell the reader what you are going to do, and then do it. Your essay must include an Introduction (introduce the purpose of the essay and how it aligns with the approach of this course), a thesis statement (https://spark.library.yorku.ca/choosing-a-topic-creating-a-working-thesis/ Hover your cursor over bolded text to see definitions of concepts), a body (where your essay content is logically organized and linked to the course approach and key concepts) and conclusion (where you briefly summarize your key points). · Your thesis statement must be approved by your TA. Your thesis statement must be submitted by 19 January or you will lose one mark. Your essay will not be accepted without a TA approved thesis statement. A thesis statement upload link will be provided soon. · Be accurate in conveying source material and include full reference to any sources that you use. Sources cited in your endnotes or bibliography must be used explicitly in your essay (do not ‘pad’), and the significance of the source must be clear. · Make a commitment to writing clearly and well, and to submitting edited, grammar-checked and spell-checked work. We do not want to evaluate work that has not been proof-read and polished. We will automatically deduct 5% of the value of the assignment for work that has not been spell-checked, and 5% of the value of the assignment for work that has not been grammar-checked. If you have concerns about your abilities in any of these areas, please contact York University’s Learning Skills Services for assistance. · Your essay should be approximately 6-7 pages in length (12pt. font, double spaced), or approximately 1750 words. Be succinct and effective in your content delivery. Use a constant 1.5" margin on each page. Always include page numbers for citations or quotes from the assigned reading. Properly number the pages (page 1 is the first text page). · Every time you refer to textbook or other source material, you must include a citation! We are very concerned about thorough and proper citation of your source material (see the discussion of academic honesty). References should not be an after-thought. They are not optional. References (how you acknowledge the scholarly work of others) are a crucial aspect of scholarly writing. We need to know where ideas come from. · Reference style in also really important! How you cite a source impacts the ability of others to research that source. As well, inconsistent or incomplete reference style looks sloppy and gives the reader a negative impression of your skills and commitment to scholarly writing. You may use any conventional academic referencing format, such as APA, MLA, and Chicago Style, etc. You will find instructions for a number of styles on Spark. If you have not already done so, it may be helpful to choose a reference style, learn it well, and employ it consistently in your academic writing. · When the textbook authors are citing the work of someone else, you must include the name of the original source of information. · Provide a proper in-text citation the first time that you reference a specific textbook chapter or other approved source. Here are some examples of how you can cite your textbook: (Johnston et al., 2017, chapter 2, 40). Or “In chapter two…. (Johnston et al., 2017, 40). i) For subsequent paraphrased references to that chapter you may include reference to the chapter only (e.g. Chapter 1). ii) However, subsequent direct quotations must include proper in-text citations including the authors’ name, publication year, and page number. iii) If you are using a paper copy of the textbook, please include page numbers (here represented by 40) with every reference to the textbook. We realize that this may not be possible with the e-version of the textbook. In these instances please include an asterisk * in place of the page number. · Essays are designed to be very specific to this course. Essays that are not on an approved topic and that do not utilize the course analytic framework materials will receive a grade of 0. · You can use the essay evaluation rubric (coming soon!) as a checklist to ensure that you have completed all of the essay criteria. · I have extended the deadline for this essay. Earlier submission of essays is welcome. Late submission is not ok. You will find the late assignment policy in the course syllabus. Concept List: (You may only select concepts from this list.) · Capitalism · Working class · Middle class · Material conditions · Cultural capital · McDonaldization · Wage labour · Global commodity chain · Global south · Gender · Racialization · Social construction · Essentialism · Patriarchy · Heteronormativity · Nuclear family · Care work · Norms · Sanctions · Biological determinism · Cultural relativism · Consumption · Consumer capitalism · Sociological Imagination · Conspicuous consumption · Upscale emulation · Agency · Identity · Symbolic interaction · Socialization · Social structure · Stigma · Culture · Subculture · Alienation (Marx’s analysis only) · Environmental crisis · Ideology · hegemony · Class (Mark Thomas) · Ethnocentrism SOME TOPICS AND QUESTIONS TO GUIDE YOUR ANALYSIS: Option A: Some questions that may help you think about how to focus your essay: · Is there something that is enmeshed closely with your sense of self and your identity? Explain your relationship to it in sociological terms, and how this relation is socially organized (the social origins – not psychological, biological, religious, etc.). Is it a style or a brand? Does it involve music, sports, literature, social media, etc.? Explore how this came to be the case. · Have you had certain advantages or disadvantages in your life because of your family’s cultural capital? How has this shaped your everyday and life choices and outcomes? Explore how this came to be the case. · Discuss other options with your TA. Option B: Some questions that may help you think about how to focus your essay: · What are the reasons why you go shopping? (Necessities and practical items, entertainment, social time with friends, nice things in advertisements, Instagram, etc., that beckon you, latest tech releases, and so on). · How much of your shopping activity is actually for necessities? ·

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