SOC 102 – Final Reflection

SOC 102 Final Reflection
Instructions & Rubric

(Based on materials created by Jessica Calarco)

In this project, you will create a sociological memoir that examines how your life has been
shaped by social forces. This memoir can take a variety of forms, including:

A traditional written memoir (Format: at least 800 words, with a maximum of 1200
words. Font: Times New Roman 12pt; doublespaced with 1 margins)

A photo essay with pictures and captions that explain how the aspects of your life
depicted in those photos were shaped by social forces (include 5 photos; minimum of
150 and maximum of 250 words per photo. Please include photos and captions in a
single document. Format: Font: Times New Roman 12pt; doublespaced with 1 margins)

An annotated playlist of songs with brief explanations of how each song illustrates a key
aspect of how your life has been shaped by social forces (include 5 songs; minimum of
150 and maximum of 250 words per song. Please include name/artist/link for each song
in a word document. Rationale for the inclusion of each song should be included in the
same document. Format: Font: Times New Roman 12pt; doublespaced with 1 margins)

A podcaststyle audio memoir including conversations with key people in your life
about how your life has been shaped by social forces (Format: edited to roughly 1015
minutes)

A documentarystyle video memoir including conversations with key people in your life
about how your life has been shaped by social forces (Format: edited to roughly 1015
minutes)

Although this is a memoir and will focus on your own personal story and experiences, I still
expect you to connect your experiences to the material you learned in class. You should show
that you can comprehend and apply key concepts learned in class. If you refer to concepts that
you learned about through specific manuscripts of documentaries, make sure to reference your
sources (using any style of your preference, such as APA, ASA). Anytime that you make
comments about society, your community, or general social experiences outside of your own personal
life, you need to refer to academic publications. Do not make the mistake of assuming that your
experience is the norm or that you can generalize based solely on your experience/opinion.

When preparing to create your sociological memoir, you should reflect on the following
questions:

What is your social location?

o What social statuses do you hold? (Think about major axis of social stratification
such as: social class, gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, nativity

o Where does the intersection of those statuses locate you in hierarchies of power
in the society where you live? (Make sure to refer to existing publications when
you make this jump; Dont base this only on your personal opinion)

How have you been treated based on who you are?

o How do people see you?
o What expectations do others have for you?

o What opportunities have been given/denied to you?

o How do your experiences match the existing sociological research? (Mention
readings/documentaries that talk about experiences similar to yours and that will
help you compare your experience with what sociologists know on a given
topic).

Who/what has most influenced your values and beliefs?

o What groups do you belong to, and which of those have been most influential in
your life?

o What sources of socialization have you encountered and how have those shaped
your thinking?

o How do your experiences relate to what you learned in this class? (Mention
sources)

When/how did you first begin to recognize the influence of social forces on your life?

o What events or interactions led to this recognition?

o What was it like to see the influence of social forces on your life?

o What this this class teach you that you already did not know? (Mention sources, if
any).

You may choose to structure your sociological memoir in one of the following ways:

Chronologically: starting from earlier events/experiences in your life and moving
forward to more recent events/experiences, or

Thematically: discussing a different social force in each paragraph or section of the
memoir, with a particular event or experience illustrating the influence of that social
force on your life

Your sociological memoir must discuss all of the following social forces and their influence on
your life:

Your social location, as determined by hierarchies of power related to race/ethnicity,
social class/income/wealth, sex/gender, sexuality, age, national origin, ability, etc.

Your social networks, as determined by the groups to which you belong

The socialization you experienced, including the sources of that socialization and the
cultural norms, values, and beliefs you were taught

Rubric:

Your memoir will be accessed in terms of:

1) Correct identification of Social Forces/Statuses (30%): Your submission must demonstrate
that you understand what social statuses and social forces are and that you are able to
apply these general concepts to a specific case (your life!).

2) Depth of reflection (45%): Your submission should include an indepth reflection on how
social forces can shape individual outcomes. This reflection should include your own
thoughts and opinions, but also relate back to what youve learned in class about
patterns and trends in the experiences of other individuals as documented in the work
of sociologists. This means that I expect you to link your own individual experience to
the broader experience of living in our current society.

3) Writing/Communicating (20%): Sentence and paragraph structure, word choice,
punctuation, and spelling should be fluid and sophisticated and facilitate the expression
of ideas. Recordings (audio or audiovisual) should also be clear. References and
citations should be included in the text or as a credit in the recordings.

4) Following Instructions (5%): Paper should follow format instructions described above.