SOC 200 HU Evaluating Social Class & The Forgotten Working Class Minimum Wage Papers

SECTION 1

Evaluating My Social Class

Purpose

This assignment provides you with an opportunity to identify what factors determine social class in the United States.


Directions

Please follow the journal guideline found in Module 1.2 Journal to complete the assignment.

Now that you have learned about social class and stratification of society, it is time to evaluate your own social standing and your family as well.

  1. Before starting this Social Class Assessment, write down your “Subjective Social Class”; the social class strata in which you place yourself (or your family).
  2. Take the Pew Research Social Class survey, “Are You in the American Middle Class?” (Links to an external site.) The outcome is your “Objective Social Class”; the social strata based on the data you provided in the survey.
  3. Explain the differences between your Subjective and Objective Social Class–the reasons why you projected a higher or lower subjective class than the objective class if any.

Submission:

Submit the journal entry by clicking the Submit Assignment button in the upper right corner of the screen.


Grading

The journal is worth 10 points. Follow the grading rubric for journals below. I will be grading on how well you address each of the provided questions in your essay response.

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Rubric

OC 200 Journal Grading Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCritical analysis of the material in the assignment. Analysis may include personal feelings on the subject matter supported with examples or evidence of why you feel this way. Although personal experience is fine to cite, it should not form the basis of your arguments for supported material. Adding additional evidence or statistics from literary sources, newspapers, media, or the textbook can enhance the analysis and make it more polished and valid. (2-3 paragraphs)

5.0 pts

Meets Expectations

0.0 pts

Does Not Meet Expectations

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSummary of main points and concepts extracted from the assignment (may include videos, articles, or textbook material including exercises). (1-2 paragraphs)

2.5 pts

Meets Expectations

0.0 pts

Does Not Meet Expectations

2.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeProper sentence structure, grammar, and spelling.

2.5 pts

Meets Expectations

0.0 pts

Does Not Meet Expectations

2.5 pts

Total Points: 10.0

Section 2

The Forgotten Working Class

Purpose

This assignment provides you with an opportunity to identify the structural factors that affect social class and upward mobility in the United States.


Directions

Please follow the journal guideline found in Module 1.2 Journal to complete the assignment.

After reading about social stratification, you are more informed about how factors such as social class, wealth, race, and generational influence affect a person’s chances for upward social mobility during a lifetime. For this assignment, you will be watching a short lecture by JD Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. The book is autobiographical and fits into rural sociology and studies of regional culture in Appalachia. Here is a brief synopsis of the book (Links to an external site.).

America’s Forgotten Working Class [Duration 14:42] (Links to an external site.)

If you want more of JD’s story, watch this interview with Megyn Kelly: Best-Selling Author Opens Up About His Painful Childhood And The Future Ahead [Duration 13:24] (Links to an external site.)

In your journal entry, include the following questions for reflection in your paper:

  • Based on what you have learned about Vance, discuss the two institutions in society that you think were the most influential in shaping his opportunities for a better life.
  • How does Vance describe social capital and why was he lacking social capital when he went to both the Marine corps and Yale?
  • What is the overall message of this man’s personal story that has larger indicators for wealth and stratification in America?
  • What is meant by the “forgotten working class” in America?

Submission:

Submit the journal entry by clicking the Submit Assignment button in the upper right corner of the screen.


Grading

The journal is worth 10 points. Follow the grading rubric for journals below. I will be grading on how well you address each of the provided questions in your essay response.

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Rubric

SOC 200 Journal Grading Rubric

SOC 200 Journal Grading Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCritical analysis of the material in the assignment. Analysis may include personal feelings on the subject matter supported with examples or evidence of why you feel this way. Although personal experience is fine to cite, it should not form the basis of your arguments for supported material. Adding additional evidence or statistics from literary sources, newspapers, media, or the textbook can enhance the analysis and make it more polished and valid. (2-3 paragraphs)

5.0 pts

Meets Expectations

0.0 pts

Does Not Meet Expectations

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSummary of main points and concepts extracted from the assignment (may include videos, articles, or textbook material including exercises). (1-2 paragraphs)

2.5 pts

Meets Expectations

0.0 pts

Does Not Meet Expectations

2.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeProper sentence structure, grammar, and spelling.

2.5 pts

Meets Expectations

0.0 pts

Does Not Meet Expectations

2.5 pts

Total Points: 10.0

Section 3

Minimum Wage Analysis

Purpose

This assignment provides you with an opportunity to recognize unintended consequences of U.S. government policy on employment and understand who specifically is affected by minimum wage increase.


Directions

  1. Read the following article that discusses minimum wage hikes on employment:
  2. Read the following article on fast food chains reactions to minimum wage hikes.
  3. Download the worksheet Minimum Wage Analysis [.docx] and complete it by referencing the two assigned articles above (and you may include the optional reading also). You may also use content from the section of the OpenStax text you read on “Work in the United States.”

Submission

Submit your answers as an attachment (.doc or .docx) by clicking the Submit Assignment button above.


Grading

This assignment is worth 10 points. You can find the information on how this assignment will be graded in the worksheet attached above.

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Rubric

SCO 200 Minimum Wage Analysis Grading Rubric

SCO 200 Minimum Wage Analysis Grading Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQuestion #1

3.0 pts

Meets Expectations

0.0 pts

Does not Meet Expectations

3.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQuestion #2

2.0 pts

Meets Expectations

0.0 pts

Does not Meet Expectations

2.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQuestion #3

3.0 pts

Meets Expectations

0.0 pts

Does not Meet Expectations

3.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeQuestion #4

2.0 pts

Meets Expectations

0.0 pts

Does not Meet Expectations

2.0 pts

Total Points: 10.0

Section4

Participant Observation (Submission)

Directions

The participant observation assignment assigned in Module 2 is due at the end of the module. Please review the grading rubric below to make sure you have met all of the expectations.

Submission

Save your essay and submit it as an attachment by clicking the Submit Assignment above.


Uploading a File as an Assignment Submission in Canvas

Follow the directions on how to upload a file as an assignment submission in Canvas (Links to an external site.) to submit the assignment.


Grading

This assignment is worth 40 points. It will be graded according to the grading rubric below.

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Rubric

SOC 200 Participant Observation Assignment Grading Rubric

SOC 200 Participant Observation Assignment Grading Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeField Notes

10.0 pts

Meets Expectations

Field notes are scanned or typed and include the dates and times of observation, location, at the top of the page. Notes should include details about the site/space, interactions, and general observations.

0.0 pts

Does Not Meet Expectations

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeBackground

10.0 pts

Meets Expectations

This section is detailed and includes a description of the space observed, why it was chosen, and allows the reader to picture the setting.

0.0 pts

Does Not Meet Expectations

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeResearch Findings

10.0 pts

Meets Expectations

A detailed report is written in essay format and includes answers to questions posed in this section of the assignment instructions.

0.0 pts

Does Not Meet Expectations

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusion

10.0 pts

Meets Expectations

Student was able to generalize findings to a broader context. This section should include a brief discussion of how the social environment shaped interaction and patterns of interaction that were noted.

0.0 pts

Does Not Meet Expectations

10.0 pts

Total Points: 40.0

Participant Observation (Assigned)

Purpose

The objectives of this assignment are: (1) to provide students with an opportunity to conduct sociological research; (2) to enhance critical skills related to observation, analysis, and written presentation; (3) to encourage students to apply the sociological perspective to the social world in which they live.


Directions

You have two weeks to work on this observation assignment. This assignment requires you to go out into the field and do observations on which you will write your report. It is recommended that you conduct observations in the chosen space on two different days.

Participant Observation Example

Here is a sample research study for you to read FIRST so that you understand how observation studies are implemented into a final research product.

Read this entire set of instructions below before beginning this assignment. I recommend you open and print the instructions so you can have a readable copy of this assignment.

Do not procrastinate…begin work on this project now.

**DO NOT choose a location that is familiar to you. You may not do the observation at your job, your school, or a leisure space that you frequent. This is to make sure you remain unbiased in your observations.


Grading

This assignment is worth 40 points. Please find how this assignment will be graded in the detailed directions attached above.

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