Religion and Sociology

Religion and Sociology

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    PURPOSE: The purpose of this two-step exercise (HW1 due in Week 3 and HW2 due in Week 5) is for you to conduct inductive and deductive research using qualitative methods.

    Note: it is important that you conduct the observations for HW1 and HW2 as two distinct events during this class; ‘recalling’ past observations is not the same as purposefully observing your surroundings from a sociological perspective, and applying two different types of reasoning to one observation will not be ‘truthful’ or successful.


    The purpose of this exercise if for you to observe ONE social setting to begin to detect patterns in human behavior – observance of norms and potentially behaviors that deviate from the norm.

    For HW1: Without any prep work, you will need to go to ONE public place and observe the people for 1 hour.  Note people’s behavior, their demeanor, their reactions/interactions to/with each other.


    For HW1: Without any prep work, you will need to go to ONE public place and observe the people for 1 hour in a particular social setting.  Note people’s behavior, their demeanor, their reactions/interactions to/with each other.
    Here are the steps:

    1)    Choose the social setting in which will be conducting non-participant observation. This should be a public place such as a park, mall, restaurant, church, coffee shop, etc.

    2)    For your inductive approach, you will simply choose a time and location  where you are going to conduct your observations

    3)    Go to the specified location and proceed with your observations.  You must be a keen social observer; a ‘peeping Tom’ in the sociological sense.  Take handwritten (recommended) and/or mental notes of:

    -details about your chosen location (time of day, lighting, furniture, plants, sounds, temperature, smell, vibe/energy, etc)
    -the people around you, not only their behavior but general information about their sociodemographic characteristics (age, race/ethnicity, gender, SES, etc);
    -your thoughts and feelings while making observations.

    4)    When you have returned from you observation, type up your notes.  Review your notes for patterns in behavior, socio-demographic characteristics, etc.

    5)    Write-up your observations using ‘thick description’ of the location (i.e. building you were in (what is the architecture like), descriptions of people there (in terms of socio-demographic characteristics: age, race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status), sounds, smells, temperature, time of day and week, etc);

    6)    Discuss trends and patterns of behavior that you noticed in your observation. What is a possible sociological/theoretical explanation for the trends you observed? Analyze your observations using a minimum of 4 sociological and one theory from the textbook.

    Social Psychology
    Sociological Perspectives
    Second Edition
    David E. Rohall Western Illinois University
    2011 by Pearson Education, Inc.
    Copyright © 2011 Pearson Education. All Rights Reserved.


    3 pages

    APA 5 References



    This paper is an informal survey to  determine how mentoring and coaching occurs and  teachers perceptions  these two aspects as well as their benefits professional development

    2 pages

    APA 3 References

  • Accommodation Minimal Impairment of Religion


    Accommodation, Freedom of Religion, Distinction between Belief and Conduct, Minimal Impairment of Religion

    A case comment is an extended commentary on a particular court case. The purpose of a case comment is to give a writer the opportunity to assess not only how a specific case was disposed of in court, but also to survey the development of that area of the law represented by the selected case and respond critically to the decision made by the court. A case comment should therefore be regarded as a type of interpretative essay which focuses on a particular case, but which is not limited to a simple exposition of its details.
    A successful case comment combines description and analysis. The case itself needs to be described succinctly. At the same time the judgment must be analyzed in a critical manner that displays:
    – Some sense of the state of the law regarding the issue in question (i.e.: previous case decisions pertaining to religious freedom or “precedents”)
    – A commentary on the potential future implications of this decision on both Canadian law and Canadian society, including how it may have influenced particular decisions since this decision (if the case you have chosen was decided some time ago)
    – Your own assessment as to whether or not the court was correct in its decision and why.
    Two levels to this: a) Was it a good legal decision? (i.e. was decision consistent with Charter as you understand it?) AND b) Was the decision good for society in general/ was it “just”?


    Introduction: Set out the context for the discussion by establishing why a specific case has been selected for commentary. Why is the case important? What is the controversy? What exactly will be focused on in the commentary and what is your argument?

    The Decision:
    – What are the central issues raised by the case? Explain the conflict.
    – What previous court decisions speak to this issue?
    – What was the court’s decision? Summarize the reasoning provided for the decision. Summarize the dissenting opinion of the minority (if provided)

    Critical Analysis:
    – How did this decision relate to previous decisions pertaining to the issue of religious freedom? Has the court affirmed or departed from key precedents? Have court decisions since departed from the precedent set in this case (if applicable)?
    – What are the wider legal AND social implications of this decision?
    – Do you agree with the court’s decision? Why or why not?

    6 pages

    1 Reference

  • Working Mothers Do Not Hurt Children


    Research paper on whether working women hurt their children


    Affirmative action policies at workplace and institutions of higher learning have led to increased number of women in the workforce (Scalon, 2011). There has been a debate on whether working women are influencing the lives of their children positively or they are hurting their children. Research has been carried out on whether working women do hurt their children. In this paper, we shall analyze the data collected by General social survey from 1972 to 2012 about the effect that working women have on their children as well as the perspectives that both women and men have on working women.

    9 pages

    APA 12 References

  • K-Pop’s Globalization (The emergence and contribution factors)


    A dissertation on how the changes in the Korean culture has an impact on k-pop globalization. Also explores the influence of digital technologies, linguistic hybridization and transformation on K-pop’s globalization.

    37 Pages

    APA 36 References

  • Describe the role of propinquity in attraction


    Describe the role of propinquity in attraction. Distinguish between physical and functional distance. Explain why the propinquity effect works.

    1 pages

    APA 2 References

  • Ethics of incest in the bible


    Ethics of incest in the bible

    Ethics deals with the moral principles that guide a person’s behavior.  Biblical Ethics does the same but from a biblical point of view.  The paper will address whether ethics in the Bible has other ideals and other ways to make its ideals a reality than in other approaches to the subject.
    The paper should explore the character and priorities of biblical ethics.
    -seek to demonstrate the relevance of the Bible in ethical problem solving.
    -do an in-depth study of various passages of Scripture that deal with ethical issues.
    -raise contemporary questions relevant to biblical teachings on ethics.

    The main topic is incest in the Bible

    13 pages

    APA 7 References



    Describe three conditions that make people more likely to conform to informational social influence

    1 page

    APA 2 References

  • Social Psychological Issue Homophobia


    Social Psychological Issue Homophobia

    One article paper in any social psychological issue (Homophobia).  The paper (5-10 pages in length) should include at least three psychological journal articles as references.  This paper must be typed in double-spaced

    5 pages

    APA 6 references