Intro To Sociology Discussion

Intro To Sociology Discussion

Intro To Sociology Discussion

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Discussion #7 “The Aliens Have Landed”
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For this discussion, we’re going to reflect on Horace Miner’s famous article on the Nacirema and think about cultural beliefs and practices.  Post the following on the Aliens Have Landed discussion board.

In your first post (by Friday), pretend that you are an alien from another planet who has just landed on Earth (more specifically, the U.S. portion of the planet). You notice some weird behaviors that humans seem to do on a daily basis—and these behaviors seem perfectly normal to the humans! Tell us about one of the behaviors that you noticed, and why it seems so weird!
Now, return to being yourself! Read the post of one of your alien classmates, and respond by Saturday. Explain why this behavior is normal and what purpose this behavior serves. Convince the alien that the behavior isn’t weird after all.
Always keep in mind that the best posts/responses directly incorporate specific references to course material (with citations) and specific sociological terminology.

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.