Sociology 1005 – Spring 2009

Final! Due Thursday, May 21, 2009, 6PM

Instructions: Pick three of the following five questions, and write one-page responses (no more than 500 words) to each topic question. That means you’ll write three responses, each about a page long. Let me know if you have any questions!

1. Find a newspaper or magazine article posted online (include the link!) that you think would have made a good reading for this class. Write a sentence or so explaining why, then write a reading response to that article (like the six you have done already).

2. We talked a lot about “dirty work” this semester, the distasteful jobs that support society. How has your opinion about this type of work changed over the course of the semester? Given that this work needs to be done, how can we be more appreciative, as a society, and as individuals, of the people who do this work? What did you learn from the readings and class discussions that affects your thoughts on this?

3. The main themes of this class were race, gender, class, technology, and globalization. Now that we’ve come to the end of the term, I’d like to know if my choice of themes makes sense to you. This was an introduction to sociology, the study of people in groups; how did those themes help you think about society, and the ways people interact with each other?

4. Is there anything you will do differently in your life as a result of this class? Are there any choices that you will make differently, or aspects of your life you will think about in a new way? Tell me what you think might change; I’d love to know!

5. Now that we have twice as many readings (and videos, and even games!), I’m going to repeat a question from the midterm: Pick any two (or more!) of the readings (or the videos or games) and relate them to each other, drawing on not just the readings themselves but also the class discussions. Write one page about how they relate.

For fun: Send me a link or a recipe for a food you particularly love, and tell me why you love it. (Here’s mine: Buttermilk biscuits — I only ever make these for Thanksgiving or special meals now, but they remind me of holiday meals growing up in the South, and they are so delicious.)

Finals are DUE on Thursday, May 21, 2009, at 6pm.

If you have any work that you haven’t turned in yet, *please email me* and let me know what’s up.

See you in class!

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