Writing Project for Lesson 2:
Mass media—newspapers, magazines, comic books, radio, video games, movies, and especially television—present a form of socialization in which there is no opportunity for interaction. Social media such as Twitter and Facebook, on the other hand, enable people to create, share, and exchanges information and interest.
There has been much research on the effects of mass media on the socialization of individuals, however, research about the impacts of social media in human socialization is still at the beginning.
Socialization can be divided into three major phases – primary, secondary and adult. Secondary socialization occurs in the late childhood and adolescence. Around this period, children in this group are entering school and coming into contact with, and being influenced by, adults and peers outside the home environment. During this period, becoming socialized is one of the major developmental tasks. But if the majority of our population is attached to social media and heavily influenced by it, how can socialization begin or, for that matter, continue?
In this Socialization and Social Media Research Project, you are asked to conduct a research study regarding the usage of social media among people around you. To complete this project, you will need to follow 5 steps:
(Optional) Post the summary of your findings in the discussion board and discuss with your peer about the relationship between social media and socialization.
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Writing Project for Lesson 5:
This lesson has focused your attention on social structure and the ideologies sociologists use to explain community social structures. In particular we explored Mechanical and Organic Solidarity as well as Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft.
For this paper, you are charged with applying the social structure that best fits the community in which you live. Would you characterize your community as one that reflects the tenants of Mechanical Solidarity and Gemeinschaft or Organic Solidarity and Gesellschaft? After you select the social structure that best fits your community, address the following in your paper:
1. In your own words, define the social structure(s) you selected.
2. Identify and describe three characteristics of your community that represent the social structure you determined best represents your community.
*The Lesson Five video provides the context for this assignment.
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