How does this portrayal reinforce gender norms in our society?
Sociological Analysis of Media
This assignment is to show you that sociology can be applied to just about anything. It will also illuminate the subtle
ways norms are reinforced in our society.
Choose ANY one media source (a book, a movie, song lyrics, a television show) and discuss 7 depictions of sociological
terms, concepts, and/or theories that we have talked about throughout the semester. The beginning of your paper should
include the name of the media source and a brief description of it. Then you should have 7 short paragraphs, each
paragraph should consist of:
1. The sociological theme you found (and underline it),
2. The definition/description of this sociological theme.
3. An example of how this sociological theme can be applied to your media source.
This assignment should be typed, double-spaced, with 12-point font.
It might be helpful to skim through your textbook as a refresher prior to completing this assignment. Do NOT give me a
plot summary! You need to discuss characters, scenarios, etc that can serve as an example of a sociological theme. For
example, you might read that a character in your book does something deviant or criminal. Find a theory of deviance that
explains why this character commits deviance or crime. You might see that a character in your movie does something that
is a stereotypical gender role (a woman cooking dinner, a man mowing the lawn, etc). How does this portrayal reinforce
gender norms in our society? Is this portrayal more a reflection of the Conflict Theory (that gender roles create
inequality) or the Functionalist Theory (that gender roles help society function smoothly)? Your goal in this paper is to
illustrate to me that you can apply what you have learned in this class.