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ASSIGNMENT 2

SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND

SOCIAL INTERACTION

Due Week 6: 150 points

You’ve learned how important groups, roles, statuses, and social

networks are in the structure of society. In this assignment, you’ll

demonstrate what you’ve learned by identifying and describing

examples from your own life. You will also have a chance

to practice some smart strategies for managing your digital

presence in your own “online” social networks.

Instructions: Complete both parts of the assignment by following

the instructions below.

PART A: YOUR STATUS SET, ROLES, AND ROLE PROBLEMS

1) Status Set:

a) List a status set that includes at least five

statuses that you currently have.

  • Remember: A status is simply a position you
  • fill in society. It may be a job title, but it could

    also include a position you fill within a family

    or a community. For more information,

    review Section 4.3 in your webtext.

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    b) Label each status in your status set as ascribed,

    achieved, or master.

  • Remember: An ascribed status is one you’re
  • born with and have no control over. An

    achieved status is reached through your own

    efforts or simply good or bad luck. A master

    status is so important that it overrides your

    other statuses. For more information, review

    Section 4.3 in your webtext.

    2) Roles:

    a) Choose one status from your status set.

    b) Describe the role that is associated with the

    status.

    c) Describe how you learned that role.

  • Remember: A role is the behavior expected
  • of someone with a certain status. For more

    information, review Section 4.4 in your

    webtext.

    3) Role Conflict:

    a) Choose two statuses from your status set.

    b) Describe a time when you experienced a conflict

    because of the demands of your two different

    roles associated with those statuses.

    c) List at least two different ways you could have

    resolved the conflict. For example, could you

    ask someone for help? Or could you go online to

    research a possible solution?

    d) Describe the approach you took to resolve the

    conflict. What was the result? Would you do

    things differently next time?

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    PART B: SOCIAL NETWORKS AND POSITIVE IMPRESSIONS

    1) Social Networks:

    A social network includes all of the relationships that

    link you to other people and groups. Through social

    networks, you can connect with people who may be

    able to offer you valuable advice, introductions, or op-

    portunities.

    a) Identify an area of interest that you would like

    to pursue, either professionally or personally. It

    could be a job or industry, a volunteer position, or

    a social group.

  • Examples: accounting, volunteering with the
  • elderly, joining a book club

    b) Identify and describe three people in your social

    network (people you know personally) who

    have a connection, or might know someone

    connected to your area of interest. These three

    people may be work colleagues, family members,

    or close friends.

  • Remember: For privacy reasons, do not list
  • their names in this assignment. Instead,

    identify them as Person A, B, and C.

    c) For each person, write a brief description of why

    you selected them, and how they are connected

    to your area of interest.

    d) Identify the person who you think is the best

    contact for you to communicate with about

    your area of interest. Why did you choose that

    person?

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    2) Positive Impressions:

    When you interact with other people in your social

    networks, you usually want to make a positive

    impression on them. Online, you can do that by using

    certain strategies when you create profiles.

    a) Read this beginner’s guide to using LinkedIn, a

    professional social network:

    http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/

    blog/2016/11/07/ca-beginners-guide-to-linkedin/

    b) Imagine that you are creating an online profile

    on a professional social networking site, such

    as LinkedIn. The first person who will see your

    profile is the person in your social network that

    you identified above. Write a detailed description

    of the type of impression you would want to

    create with your profile.

    c) Identify five components of a professional

    networking profile that others will use to get an

    impression of who you are.

    d) Create a headline for your professional

    networking profile that targets the job,

    opportunity, or industry you’re interested in. (See

    “Headline” section of article above).

    Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Use Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch
  • margins on all sides.

  • Use section headers (Status Set, Roles, Role Conflict,
  • Social Networks, and Positive Impressions) and write

    left indented paragraphs under each corresponding

    section.

  • References are not required for this assignment as you
  • will use the assigned article and your webtext.

    cover page containing the title of the assign-

    ment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the

    course title, and the date.

     
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