Breaking a Norm
By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assignment criteria:
Competency 1: Apply sociological theory to the study of contemporary deviance issues.
Identify a social norm and a behavior that violates that norm.
Describe a social norm and a behavior that violates that norm.
Apply two sociological theories to interpret responses to the violation of a norm.
Competency 5: Analyze methods of social control used to enforce conformity and punish deviancy.
Discuss how deviant behavior is punished or controlled.
Competency 7: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for professionals in the field of sociology.
Demonstrate the ability to use and cite academic sources to support ideas.
Norms include rules and expectations that guide our appearance, behavior, manner, conduct, and so on. For this assignment:
Choose one norm to break as long as it is within the guidelines for legal behavior. In other words, do not do something illegal such as robbing a liquor store or running naked down a busy street. Examples of acceptable norm violations include dressing in a manner that would be considered eccentric or inappropriate for a given social situation or invading someone’s personal space.
Then, in this paper, address the following:
Explain which norm you broke and what the norms in that situation would have required in terms of appropriate behavior.
Discuss why your behavior violated those norms and the reaction you received upon breaking them.
Apply two sociological theories from the course material that you think best interpret the responses to your behavior. Begin by briefly describing the theories you have chosen, and then explain how each theory would help make sense of your norm-breaking experiment.
The course material, either readings from the text, other assigned readings, or multimedia content, should be referred to and cited in the body of your paper and in the reference list.
To achieve a successful experience and outcome, you are expected to meet the following requirements:
Written Communication: Written communication is free of errors that detract from the overall message.
APA Formatting: Paper, resources, and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting.
Page Requirements: 2–3 pages, double-spaced. Include a title page and reference page.
Font and Font Size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
Submission: Attach document in Microsoft Word format.