This assignment is a draft of the third core assessment assignment (the full assignment directions are listed below). In this assignment you will be presented your own sociological analysis of a media item of your choosing. You will rely on the concepts and analytical skills you have learned throughout the course and demonstrate the development of your own sociological imagination. Because this paper is the culmination of what you have learned in the course, you will submit a draft of the paper in unit 5 and participate in peer review in unit 6. The purpose of this preliminary assignments is for you to get feedback and suggestions to improve your analysis and writing skills.
The first draft of the paper needs to be written in paragraphs and attempt to address all aspects of the assignment prompt. An outline will not be sufficient for this assignment. At the end of the draft, include a list of questions and concerns you have to help guide the feedback you need to complete the assignment. A discussion board has also been created to ask questions and brainstorm ideas for the media item you would like to examine.
Directions (For Core Assessment Paper 3 Final Draft)
In this assignment you will choose a media item to critically examine through a sociological lens. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate your ability to analyze media context using sociological questions and concepts. This assignment provides you the opportunity to both critically analyze a media item and develop a response or alternative version of this item that both incorporates your critiques and seeks an alternative representation. Your analysis and critique should incorporate theories and key concepts from this course including inequality, gender, race, class, social roles/socialization, etc.
Find a popular mainstream media item associated which represents race, class, or gender. This can be print or digital media that is one of the following:
An article in a popular/mainstream magazine
A newspaper article
A popular YouTube video
A clip from a popular show on television
A clip from a news program
A social media page or profile
Using what you have learned in this course, critically analyze the social representations presented in the media content. Discuss how the media item reflects or challenges dominant values, norms, and social identities.
Write a 2-3 page analytic paper including an alternative representation of your media item.
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