Social History: It is somewhat of an autobiography and only needs to be 5 pages at the most. ABOUT ME: White, female, 22 years old, social drinker on occasion, participated in girl scouts and high school sports and was captain of my field hockey team which provided me with leadership skills, suburban north of boston living at home with my parents, i have 3 brothers (1 is 19 and is gay, my parents and family are supportive), we are of Irish Catholic decent, i have a good relationship with my family, my parents expect me to do well and are supportive, graduated in high school in the national honor society but i am trying to find my way through college, trying to get into a nursing program because my job experience as a patient observer and a Certified Nurse’s Aide have urged me to go on to do better things as a nurse, i am a registered independent but i voted for mccain, not very religious but more spiritual,my parents are stuck between making too much money to qualify for financial aide for their kids to go to college but cannot afford to send all 4 of us so we kids end up taking out loans and working full time while in school, i’m a broke college student. Everything else can be made up for all I care :). The following is text from the syllabus about my social history paper. Please email if any questions arise…..:
“We are currently learning the many components to sociology- the study of human behavior in society and within group interactions. As psychology deals with the individual, sociology deals with the individual and human behavior within a group(s) or societal context. Sociologists view all human behavior as occurring in the context of the social institutions and the culture of society. They believe that all human behavior is therefore influenced by groups. Therefore, they believe that the ability to see the societal patterns that influence the individual and groups of individuals is essential. (Andersen, 2003)
There is no better way, or more relevant way, of understanding this concept then to use ourselves as subjects. This paper will explore you, your own group process and patterns within your own race, class, gender, education, religion, family, culture and other group relationships. (see handout wheel) As we start to focus and discuss these aspects, you will be asked to see yourself and your own dynamics within these topic areas and critically think and describe your own socialization process and patterns. For I truly believe that you cannot begin to understand another person’s or group’s journey until you have critically examined your own.
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