“Identify the key sociological characteristics that have made you the social individual that you are. Then imagine one of those characteristics was different. Discuss how your life and identity would differ as a consequence.”
In this essay we want you to approach the understanding of some of the sociological concepts we have presented to you in a reflective way; that is we would like you to write about these concepts from your social perspective (CONCEPTS INTRODUCED IN FIRST YEAR SOCIOLOGY DEGREE)
In this essay we want you to also use the texts and other research material, as well, to produce this essay but the difference here is that your life (social circumstances) and social identity are the context for the essay. So you are first identifying the key sociological characteristics that have made you the social individual that you are and then imagining yourself in a different set of social circumstances and are explaining how your experience/life would be different as a result of these different social circumstances. For example, you could imagine how your life and identity would be different if you grew up as a man instead of a women (or vice versa); or if you were born in a country other than Australia and you migrated to Australia when you were a teenager; or you grew up in a wealthy rather than a working class family (or vice versa). To do this you need to understand and discuss the sociological concepts and re-interpret them from the context of your experience to your new, imagined social circumstance.
(MY SOCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES ARE LOOSELY AS FOLLOWS: Late 20’s, female, married no children, strong family, low-middle class background, strong friendship base, social, high school graduate, working full time studying full time, Australian – caucasian, believe in equality for all races, religions, ages and genders. Liberal in the liberated sense)