There are two Assignments in this unit. You must complete both to receive credit.
Assignment 1: Learning Activity
Practice the concepts you have learned by completing theLearning Activity. You have unlimited attempts, and there is no time limit on each attempt.
To receive credit for this Learning Activity, you must take a screenshot of this completion page and paste it into a Microsoft Word document, save your document, and post it in the Assignment 1 Dropbox for this unit.
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Assignment 2: Theories of Deviance: Interview Analysis
Not everyone agrees about why some people break rules while others follow them. Now that you have learned some of the main theories of deviance, you are ready to put your sociological perspective in gear and find out what other peopleâ€™s views are on this topic.
The Unit 6 Assignment has two parts. Part 1 is to conduct two brief interviews. Part 2 is to apply the theory of deviance that you think best describes each respondentâ€™s views on why deviance occurs and how it could be prevented.
Part 1:Interview two people to learn what they think are the main causes of deviance (not just crime, but all rule breaking) in the U.S. society today. Also, ask respondents for their ideas about the remedy for deviance.
These two questions might be helpful to structure your interview. Remember, this is a brief interview, not an in-depth investigation into your respondentsâ€™ views.
- What are some of the reasons that you think are behind deviance in todayâ€™s society?
HINT:Be prepared to explain the difference between deviance and crime, but be sure to tell the respondent that you are interested in all rule-breaking, not just criminal acts.
- What do you think are some effective ways to prevent people from breaking societyâ€™s rules?
HINT:Encourage the respondent to think about juvenile and adult deviance as they answer this question.
Part 2:In a 2â€“3 page paper, summarize and interpret each of your respondentsâ€™ answers. Use one theory of deviance to help explain each respondentâ€™s answers. For instance, respondent one might have said that kids who hang out with bad kids are bound to turn bad. You might choose differential association theory to help explain this respondentâ€™s answers.
No outside resources are required for this Assignment, but to earn full credit you must use in-text citations (in APA format) to the course materials to substantiate the definitions of the theories that you use to explain your respondentâ€™s answers.
Be sure that your paper is written in essay form and that it includes these elements:
- An introduction that explains the purpose of the interviews, describes who was interviewed (estimated age, relationship to you) and under what conditions (i.e., at work, at home, in public place such as the grocery store, while watching your childâ€™s soccer game).
- A detailed summary of each interview with generous quotes from the respondent. DO NOT just include the script of the questions asked and responses given.
- Two separate paragraphs that apply a theory of deviance to explain each respondentâ€™s ideas about the causes of deviance and how it can be prevented. You may find that the same theory explains both respondentsâ€™ views, but you will still need to apply the theory to the detailed responses of each respondent in a separate paragraph.
- A conclusion that summarizes what you learned from the interview process and briefly explains how your views about rule-breaking and its prevention align with those of your respondents.
- You must download and follow theProfessional Interview Protocol document. That Protocol requires that you schedule each interview for a specific date and time, that you record and submit your interview notes, and that you do not interview relatives or friends for this Assignment.
Submit your completed Assignment to the Unit 6: Assignment 2 Dropbox by the end of the unit.