For this assignment, you will be asked to identify and interview a professional (i.e., PT, OT, professor, researcher, AT, management/ marketing, MD, nurse, etc.) in your field using the questions below. BASED on their responses, write a narrative (2 or more pages) about the importance of sociology and culture to your field.
The goal of this assignment is to demonstrate the relevance of understanding sociological and cultural factors in your future profession as well to ascertain the topics in the course that was important to you. My hope is that this assignment will help you in your career development by allowing you to network with someone in your field while getting guidance on how to make the most of your studies in preparation for your future career.
1. Name and Profession
2. Years in the Profession
3. Educational Background
4. What was your career path to where you are today?
1. What social issues do professionals in our field currently face?
2. One thing we talked about in class was ( insert topic of your choice). How do you see this topic affecting our profession?
(Topic: race and etnicity- attaching PDF of chapter)
3. What social and cultural issues should future professionals be ready to address?
4. How can I prepare myself to be ready to address these issues? What should I expect to gain in the classroom and my field experiences that will prepare to address these social and cultural issues?
5. Is there anything else I should know that would help me prepare for a career in this profession?
Please answer the questions to the interview so that it is easier to write the paper.
Imagine you are caught in the middle of a terrible snowstorm. You become lost, find yourself trapped, and several hours later, are unable to move. You have been frozen to death! Or have you? One thousand years pass before you are discovered, quite unexpectedly, by a group of scientists. Advanced modern technology allows them to release you from your cryogenically suspended state. After several days you regain full consciousness. The world you once knew in 2020 no longer exists. The year is 3020; it is exactly 1,000 years ahead in the future-in planet Earth’s future.
Several weeks pass before you witness your new world. Everything seems foreign to you. Your former life is forever gone. Your family, friends, loved ones–they are long gone. In your new world, you make the following observations:
Neither the men nor the women have any hair on their bodies whatsoever.
It appears that humans have shrunken in size. Men have an average height of about 5′ 6″ and women appear to have an average height of 5′ 2″.
Obesity is non-existent. Both men and women have a slender build. Men appear to weigh about 110 pounds and women about 85 pounds.
For weeks on end you are examined daily by dozens of scientists. They are as much amazed by you as you are by them.
Money, and the exchanging of money, is non-existent.
An escort is by your side every moment. You are never alone. You have no privacy–ever!
The food is salmon colored and looks like wallpaper paste. It’s very similar to a Hawaiian food known as poi.
Reading is possible for you, but very difficult. Many letters of the alphabet have been replaced by Egyptian-looking symbols. This is very confusing to you.
How do you think this would make you feel? One thing is for certain: you would have a lot of adjustments to make. First, you would have to figure out how you were going to adapt to your new environment. You would experience a great deal of stress in your transition from 2020 to 3020. Physical survival is not a problem. Emotional survival is another issue. You would always be an outsider. You would always be different.
Obviously, this isn’t something we need to worry ourselves about too much. If you think about it though, we truly are products of our culture. We feel most comfortable around familiar surroundings. Take us outside of our comfort zones and we start to become very uncomfortable. If you’ve ever traveled abroad then you know what it feels like to be outside of your comfort zone.
Imagine on a smaller scale how different groups of immigrants felt when they came to the United States 150 or 100 years ago or even today. Think about how foreign and different things must have seemed to them. Think back to the story you have just read. Your arrival in the year 3020 was just as scary and confusing as the arrival of immigrants to this country, especially those that embraced languages and lifestyles very much different from our own.
Answer the following ten questions:
Explain today’s concept of culture and contrast it with culture in the new world.
Could you adapt to living in this new, futuristic society? Why or why not?
What kind of insights could you share with people of this new world?
What would be the toughest obstacles you would face knowing that it’s 1,000 years ahead in the future?
Do you feel you would ever be socially accepted in this advanced society?
What would you call the economic revolution of this new society?
How would you adjust to the limited food offerings?
The concept of money is nonexistent. How would that make you feel?
What could you offer to the people in this futuristic world?
What have you learned in this sociology course that could be used to describe this new society 1,000 years ahead of today?
Black Lives Matter: Social Action
The College of Social Work unequivocally supports the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. In my conversations with the class, some have shared their experiences about engaging with the BLM movement. Social workers are committed to the principles of anti-racism and we must strive for institutions that value the inherent worth of every human being. For those of you who have in the last month or so engaged in BLM related social justice activities, I invite you to share a brief (3 paragraphs) reflection on your experience(s). Discuss what precipitated your desire to action, detail the activities you have engaged in thus far, and reflect on what your action means to you and to the community.
I will provide instructions and three authors that need to be cited.
Cowen, “Creative Destruction: How Globalization is Changing the World’s Cultures” Chapters 1-3 (pages 1-42)
Ritzer, “Weberian Theory and McDonaldization”
Chapter 1 in: Griswold, Wendy. 2012. Cultures and Societies in a Changing World. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE
Find a cause you are passionate about to do with sociology. I would recommend finding a problem within your community.
Research the problem as you would normally do for a research paper (What is the problem? Why do we have this problem? Is the problem becoming worse? What are some possible solutions to the problem? Etc.).
You will complete a short (approximately 4 5 page, double-spaced) research paper on the subject. Use APA style to cite your sources.
NOTE: this assignment normally has a volunteer requirement. Under the current quarantine, this is not possible. However, if you would like to include experiences you have had at work or as a volunteer in the past that relate to your topic, you may do so in a section of your paper.
Please begin work on this assignment ASAP as RESEARCH PAPERS CANNOT BE WRITTEN AT THE LAST MINUTE.
Intensive interviews are the core of many qualitative research designs. How do they differ from structured survey procedures that you studied in the last chapter? What are their advantages and disadvantages over standardized interviewing? How does intensive interviewing differ from the qualitative method of participant observation? What are the advantages and disadvantages of these two methods?
Please choose one of the following prompts and, considering what you have learned from your text and/or other relevant course materials, respond to it in at least one full paragraph of 200-400 words.
What do you think are the elements of your culture? Are there aspects of your culture that you don’t accept or relate to? If so, how did you come to disassociate from them?
Can use anything
We have reviewed and will review many theories that focus on individual-level factors (intrapersonal), social/group-level factors (interpersonal), and environmental-level factors (e.g., policy, infrastructure) that drive behaviors. The Social ecological model incorporates all of these levels. While ecological approaches tend to be used most in health behavior change, like other theories we have discussed, they have other potential applications as well. A classic example of an ecological approach might be something like smoking cessation, for which we have seen campaigns like Truth and others try to change individual- or group-level behaviors, as well as policies that have tried to change environmental and/or policy factors (putting cigarettes in a locked cabinet in some stores, many states have taxes on cigarettes to discourage purchase, etc.).
In this week’s discussion, consider the following:
What are some strengths and weaknesses of these multi-level approaches?
Are campaigns always able to take a multi-level approach? If not, what level(s) – e.g., individual level change, environmental level change, etc. – do you think are most helpful, and why?
What levels of change are realistic?
Feel free to incorporate any professional or other personal experience you have in this area – for example, if you do work related to behavior change, perhaps you feel like it’s easier to create individual-level campaigns than it is to influence policy change. You may find it helpful to focus on a couple of different specific behaviors (ideally something different than what you are writing your paper on) as you think about and address these questions.
Gregson, J. et al. (2001). System, environmental, and policy changes: Using the social-ecological model as a framework for evaluating nutrition education and social marketing programs with low-income audiences. Journal of Nutrition Behavior, 33, S4-S15
Kumar, S., Crouse Quinn, S., & Kim, K. (2011) The Social ecological model as a framework for determinants of the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine uptake in the United States. Health and Education Behavior, 39, 229-243.
May, M., Tranter, P. J., & Warn, J. R. (2008). Towards a holistic framework for road safety in Australia. Journal of Transport Geography, 16, 395-405.
I wanted to end with an exam question that covers module 5 AND brings us back to the orgins of our course. This is trickier than you may imagine. I also want to give you the opportunity to dig deeper into one question. So this is the Exam this week.
How is social media similar and dissimilar to Foucaults Panopticon?
The answers to this questions are found in the course materials (lecture, readings, and supplemental readings) but using additional materials is highly encouraged. Cite your sources. question should be answered with a minimum of 600 – 700 words.
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