Socioautobiography Assignment Guidelines
The purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to apply the sociological imagination to your everyday life: to make connections between your everyday life and the broad sociocultural structures within which you live.
The Socioautobiography is a reflective paper that allows you the opportunity to explore the interconnections between biography (a slice of your life), the social structure, and culture. In preparation for this paper, please read this document, Socioautobiography Assignment Guideline boldface and underlined. At the end of the paragraph where a concept is used, indicate which your sociological concept refers. This should be done using parenthetical citation. An example of how to do this is provided below.
The final paper will be due at the end of Week 5. It should be three- to four-pages in length and may be in any format you choose. Feel free to get creative. You may choose to do a standard APA style paper or you can do your socioautobiography as a news story, movie review of your life, letter home to family, obituary, poem, lyrics, dialogue, old time radio program, or Shakespearean play whatever format you choose. Be sure to identify your format, double-space your paper, and correctly use a minimum of six sociological concepts covered in the weekly readings or lecture. Your six concepts should be in boldface and underlined. Consider the following example:
As I think about my college experience, because of my lack of English language skills, I realized that I was at a disadvantage with other students who were from upper-middle-class suburbs. I grew up in a farming community and, while there was the expectation that farm kids were going off to college, the community’s educational policy was based on the idea that farm kids would take over the family farm. As such, learning proper academic language was not a high priority.
Note how, in this mini-socioautobiography, there are references to social class, education, and place of residence.
Below are guidelines to follow as you work on your socioautobiography assignment.
- Papers should contain 3-to 4-pages of text, double-spaced (this does not include the title page).
- Refer to and properly use at least six sociological concepts covered in the lectures or textbook reading.
- Underline and boldface these concepts.
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