Directions for the “observation:” First, for 10-15 minutes, listen to (eavesdrop on) a conversation whose participants you cannot see. They might be sitting behind you on a bus or in a restaurant – you are close enough to hear them, but positioned so you cannot see them. Then, for 10-15 minutes, observe a conversation you cannot hear – one taking place, for example, on the other side of the campus quad. Even though you cannot hear what is being said, you can see the interaction as it takes place.
Directions for the written description: Secondly, write an extremely detailed description of each conversation. Describe the participants and the setting, and include your ideas about what you think is going on and what you think you know about the participants. Try to describe everything you heard or saw to support any conclusions you draw. You MUST integrate sociological information from the book chapter on Methodology. For example, maybe you want to discuss your experiences as a form of ethnography, or qualitative methodology.
Citation for assignment:
Ferris, K. & Stein, J. (2012) The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology, 3rd ed., pp. 48-49, W.W. Norton Company: New York, NY.
Your paper must be a minimum of 3 complete pages. Essays must be double space, using either 10 or 12 fonts, and must be completed in Times New Roman. Your essay will be graded on the basis of content, quantity, grammar, and adherence to the previously mentioned guidelines. Any information drawn from works published by others must be appropriately cited within the body of your work, and then referenced as part of a bibliography page. Each essay is worth a total of 100 points and must be submitted on or before the due date. Late work will NOT be accepted and it will be graded as 0. If you are having a difficult time writing the essay, you have the option of turning in your paper ahead of time for me to review it and provide you with feedback.