Assignment: Deviance/Race & Ethnicity

Assignment: Deviance/Race & Ethnicity

Assignment: Deviance/Race & Ethnicity

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Documentary Assignment Deviance/Race and Ethnicity: Trigger Warning: Please be aware that some of these videos contain the use of hateful racial/ethnic slurs and vulgar racial/ethnic/gender stereotypes. Please let the instructor know if you are uncomfortable with this and an alternative assignment will be found for you.

Please answer the following questions after you watch the video on “Gangs in South Africa” and “Intro to SOC: Deviance”

In chapter 6 we learn how deviance is functional. Read the chapter, watch the videos below, and answer the questions. Please make sure to use specific examples from the videos for full credit. Use your textbook for definitions for deviance and for the functions and dysfunctions of deviance.

1. What is Deviance? How do gangs represent deviant behavior?
2. Why do people join gangs?
3. What functions does deviance provide society? Additionally, what functions do gangs provide for its members?
4. What dysfunctions does deviance present for society? Additionally, what dysfunctions do gangs cause for individual members and society at large?
In South Africa, what ways do people in the community or in other gangs identify (identity markers, other symbols, values, norms, rituals, language) gang members?
Based on the clip from the documentary “A Class Divided”

1. How is the exercise carried out in the classroom? What is its purpose? What examples of prejudice and discrimination did you see in the classroom experiment?
2. Based on this exercise, what were the negative outcomes for the students?

Based on the Growing Hate ( video:

Read through the chapter on Race and look over the sociological theories of Prejudice (9.3) and then watch the Growing Hate ( video. As you watch the video select examples of individuals or situations that fit within the Sociological Theories of Prejudice:

1. Scapegoat
2. Authoritarian Personality
3. Functionalism
4. Conflict theory
5. Symbolic interaction
Explain how your chosen example fits in with the theory you have placed it with. Multiple examples for each theory will be rewarded but at a minimum you should be able to find an example that fits each theory. Examples may be used more than once but they need to be explained as to how they relate to the particular theory you have chosen.

Based on any of the topics above, find one article through SIRS Researcher or a graph/other info on Statista and summarize and analyze in no more than two paragraphs. Please include either APA or MLA citation of source material.

Please submit all answers within this assignment as an attachment or in the space provided. Please submit answers only.

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The assignments are to be done in Microsoft Word with Times New Roman 12- point font. Each assignment should use the modified APA 6th edition format. The assignment templates are set up in this modified format. The reference page should be in the APA format for every reference. The word requirement for the assignments are specifically stated in the guidelines of the assignment. The word count is from the first word of the introductory paragraph to the last word of the conclusion paragraph. FYI.


1- There should be a cited reference for each section of a paper as there are conclusion statements in each section (to meet the grading criteria) so the conclusion should be supported by a reference as the assignments are evidence-based research, clinical papers.

2- Word Count- The word count is done from the first word of the introductory paragraph to the last word of the conclusion. The word count must be within the minimum and maximum word limit stated in the assignment instructions. A 10% – point reduction will be made in the total points for the assignment.

Week 1 and 5 assignments should have SIX studies. Week 5 assignment is a compilation of sections from the week 1, 2 & 3 assignments.

Weeks 2 and 3 need to have at least THREE studies in the form of research studies. Please make sure that you look at the instructions for the assignment as well as the grading rubric. I have also provided templates for ALL assignments. It is in your best interest to use these as it will guide you so that you do not make common formatting errors.


Please utilize the resources in the STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER if you have difficulty with APA 6th Edition format, grammar, sentence structure, punctuation or tense structure.


Always submit the assignment in the drop box for that assignment. I cannot accept any assignment as an attachment to an email sent to my college email. Attaching it to a posting to the Questions to Instructor Forum or the Individual Forum is also not accepted.

I cannot grade any assignment unless it is placed into the drop box by the student per university policy.

Turn-It-In / Lopes Write

This is to be used for the assignments for these three weeks (2, 3 & 5) and it is NOT required for Week 1. All assignments will be placed through Turn It In first and then submitted in the drop box on the course shell. No assignments will be accepted as attachments to emails as this is not the university policy.

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The rubric for each assignment is found in the upper right- hand corner of the assignment page under the Forum Tab. Compare the requirements of the rubric with your paper prior to submission into the drop box so you will receive full credit for all graded criteria of the paper.

Late Assignment-

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You need to contact me as soon as possible if an assignment will be late prior to the submission deadline.