Developing a Sociological Imagination


Sistine Complex Ceiling, Frank Meshberger, Michelangelo, human intelligence, Copernicus, Catholic Church


Developing a sociological imagination. Task Choose an image that represents an aspect of society that you are interested in. Write a paragraph (300-400 words) explaining your interest and how you connect the image to either historical, cultural, structural or critical dimensions of sociological enquiry. Comment on one image posted by your peers. What you need to do: 1. Find an image  it can be one you have found on the internet, one you took yourself, something you found in a magazine, it can be an infamous image or piece of art, an advertisement or graffiti. 2. Save the image electronically  if from the internet, right click on it and save as image. You can then save as a picture and retrieve it easily. Make sure you save it with a name you remember. 3. Reference your image like this: o Figure: Name of the picture. Where it was accessed from and the date or website. o Example 1 - Figure: Plato quote. Web site: o Example 2 (from a freeware site) - Figure 1: Work Grafitti. Pixabay, 2007. 4. Paste your image into a word document. Then write a short discussion (300-400 words) about the image in sociological terms  this discussion will be derived from the sociological imagination  you will choose to write about either (only pick one!) historical, structural, cultural OR critical (see below for a full outline of these components). You will be discussing what the image tells us about the social world  about social reality, social trends, conventions and customs and/or about change, resistance and disruption. 5. Use a minimum of 1 source of scholarly literature  your text book is required reading for this task. You must also reference your image. All references need to be in APA style. Choose one of these:  An image that portrays the historical (at least 50 years ago but it can be much, much longer) what in the image is the same as it is today? What is different? How did it change? What social forces or world events created change? Are you pleased about the changes or not? Why?  An image that portrays the cultural  you can discuss any cultural factors  the development of, impacts, shared understanding or richness of language, dress, ritual, values, ethnicity, attitudes, consumption, food, leisure activities, holidays, or cultural behaviour. How have people shaped this culture? How are they shaped by it?  An image that portrays the structural  you may address any major or minor social institution and how society uses these, how they are created by us, enable us, protect us, yet constrain us  major social institutions are: family, religion, government, the economic system, and the legal system; minor institutions are: the education or health system, the media, the military.  An image that portrays the critical  this is about how we can improve the social world? Does the status quo need to be this way? What are alternatives to the social world as it exists now? How does your image portray people changing, or attempting to change, the world they live in? Assessment item 2 


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