Discussion: Statuses and Roles

Discussion: Statuses and Roles

Discussion: Statuses and Roles


My Statuses and Roles

This assignment brings together many parts of Ch. 5 and it has proven to be enlightening and eye-opening for students who take it seriously. To make the most of this assignment, put the effort and thought into completing it well. It is an excellent opportunity to learn something about yourself!

Review the section titled “Elements of Social Interaction,” located in Ch. 5 of the textbook.  You may find Figures 5-1, 5-2, and 5-3 especially helpful, as this assignment asks you to think about your own statuses and roles.

Determine the type of deliverable you will use for this assignment. You may create your own diagrams similar to figures 5-1, 5-2, and 5-3 of the text, create a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint or Prezi, make a video or slide presentation with synchronized audio, or simply deliver your content in paragraph form in a Microsoft Word document. The deliverable is your choice.

Complete the following using the deliverable you select.

Identify your current master status. Keep in mind the fact that your master status may change over your lifetime. This assignment is asking you to identify what you believe is your master status at this point in your life. (Note: “Human Being” does not count as a status!)

Identify at least five other statuses.

Identify which statuses are ascribed and which have been achieved

Identify the roles that correspond to your statuses.

Describe how these statuses and roles influence your social interactions.

Identify sources of role strain and role conflict and describe how they have affected you.

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes. Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages. Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor. The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.