The Self and Other Case Report
This assignment is designed to make a critical comparison between yourself and another person, explored in the light of social psychological theories and empirical evidence that have been explored throughout the course. Essentially, you will be comparing and contrasting yourself with a person, in the context of established and current theories of social behavior. Our social psychology course has pointed out how we are all alike and yet different, and how we can make an unbiased comparison of this, by examining the sources of social and environmental influence.
Choose a person with whom you have known for at least a year, to compare with your own self. Take into consideration the age, gender, socioeconomic class, family situation, and community role of the individual.
Make a detailed comparison between your self and the other person on the basis of 4 social dimensions that have been studied in the class as textbook chapters, such as attitude and belief systems, interpersonal relationships, gender issues, and social communication.
Research the socio-cultural history of yourself and the other person in the light of your four chosen dimensions. You may research the early life and education, family traditions, significant personal history events, and religious/community affiliations that have been mentioned as relevant in your coursework.
The result will be a critical comparison case study, comparing yourself and the other person in the light of currently established theories of social behavior.
Write up the comparative case report based on the information you found in terms of behaviors and social causes/influences. For each of the four social dimensions you choose, first write down what you found about yourself, followed by what you found our about your chosen other on the same dimension, making sure to include relevant theories related to your comparison.
The paper will be graded using the same criteria for Content, Organization, and Mechanics and Style (spelling, grammar and punctuation) as the Applied Final Project. In order to earn full credit, like all assignments, the paper must be submitted in your Assignment Folder no later than the due date. Papers submitted one day late will be downgraded one grade. Assignments received two days late will be downgraded two grades and assignments received three or mor days late will not receive any credit. The paper will be graded accroding to the following criteria.
Accuracy?Are your stated facts or ideas correct?
Clarity?Is your essay clear and easy to follow? You may want to read your essay out loud to yourself. This will help you catch incomplete sentences or lapses in logic.
Depth?Are the issues and implications well thought out and explored?
Originality?What is your thesis (the main point of your essay)? Have you stated your own views and articulated them well? Use your own words. Do not copy material directly from your text or other sources without quotation marks. If you want to use the author’s exact words, put them in quotation marks and cite the page number from your text or other source material. Don’t forget to express your own opinion.
Supporting evidence?Are your ideas supported with empirical evidence? This is a crucial part of any well-written essay. You may support your ideas with theories, previously conducted research, or other information you encounter in the text and other sources (journal articles and so forth). You may also use personal experiences as supporting evidence when appropriate.
References?Did you use appropriate references to support the main points of your paper? You may find references in the textbook bibliography that support your ideas. Be sure you have these references?that is, that you have the articles on hand if you used them, and make sure that your references relate to the point you are making or support your inferences.
Form, composition, spelling, and so forth?Is your paper neat and error-free? It helps to run spellcheck before submitting your work and to have a colleague or friend read over your work.
APA style?Did you follow the formatting rules of the American Psychological Association (APA)? Use your APA publication manual. You may also want to visit the APA Web site, the UMUC Guide to Writing and Research, and/or UMUC’s library Web page.
Applied Final Project
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