Project Part 3: Group Influences

Course Project: Part 3 – Group Influences

Assignment Overview

Earlier in this course, we learned about groups. You discovered how groups could influence the behavior of individual or even other groups. As an example, consider how union and non-union members interact with each other during a labor dispute or a strike.

This week, we will consider stratification systems – specifically, gender, race, and ethnic groups. For this part of your project, you will write about the influence of groups. Please be sure to follow the guidelines for written assignments.

Assignment Details:

Perform the following tasks:

  • Complete the reading assignment and the interactive lesson before attempting this assignment.
  • To complete this assignment:
    • Review the Written Assignment Rubric for a review of writing expectations.
    • Using the worksheet on page 2, and in a 250-word narrative, address the criteria:
    • Use Safe Assign to check your written draft against unintended plagiarism.
    • Ensure that your responses are free of spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Use the proper naming convention when saving your assignment:
    • SOC101_Part 3_assn_jsmith_mmddyyy
  • Submit your assignment for grading.


Gradable items in assignment Points Possible Points Earned
Described how subjects feel about their membership in groups. 20
Described how the groups (and members) formed and shaped the subject’s values and norms. 20
Described how the subjects’ gender, race, or ethnicity shaped their values and norms. 20
Applied the expectations in the Written Assignment Rubric 20
Total Points 80

Assignment Worksheet:

Using the responses from your Week 3 interviews, write a 250-word narrative that address the following criteria:

  1. Refer back to the responses from your interview, specifically questions #8 and #9: Name two different ways that you were brought up that you think are different from most other people.
    • Were you part of a social, religious, or other type of group growing up? Who were your role models when you were growing up? How did they influence you?
  2. Answer the following questions:
  • How did your subjects feel about the groups they were members of when they were growing up?
  • How do you think these groups and members of the group formed and shaped the subject’s values and norms?
  • How do you think the subject’s gender, race, or ethnicity formed and shaped values and norms?



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