SOC101 Montgomery Research Methodology and Studying Groups Questions file attached……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Assignment 2, Research Methodology and Studying Groups
SOCY 100: Introduction to Sociology
In class, we have been exploring two major building blocks of sociology: research
methodology/the science of sociology and the impact of groups and collectivities on our
behavior. For this assignment you will bring these two topics together, analyzing a social
scientific study that sheds light on the power of groups and authority figures. After
having read about/watched/listened to a clip discussing a social scientific study, you will
complete an assignment in which you discuss the components, major findings, and ethical
implications of the research.
Choose only one of the following three options for this assignment:
Option 1: Stanley Milgram “Obedience” Study (A summary of the study on
Option 2: Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Study (A slide show with text and pictures [click on
the “Begin Slide Show” link at the bottom of the home page): http://www.prisonexp.org/
Option 3: “Fake TV Game Show ‘Tortures’ Man, Shocks France” (A podcast from
After having read Chapters 2 and 5 in your book and having watched/listened to one
of the above explanations of a study, type responses to the following questions:
(It is best to use ONLY information from your textbook; do not try to find additional
information online – it will likely be more of a detriment than a help. If you do, however,
you MUST cite the webpage(s)/sources of information you used in your answer. I would
prefer that you number each of your answers so it corresponds with the numbered
questions, but if you are more comfortable typing your answers in a traditional paper
format, you are welcome to do so.)
(15 points) In a paragraph or two, write a brief summary about the major components
of the research. How was the study set up? Who were the participants? (Your
explanation of the research should be clear enough that someone who may have never
heard of this study would get a clear picture of how the research was done. This should
also be in your own words.)
(5 points) If you were replicating this research, what would your hypothesis for the
research be? Briefly explain why you think what you do.
(10 points) What is the dependent variable? Independent variable(s)? (Be clear about
which is the independent and which is the dependent variable.) In a sentence or two,
explain the relationship between the independent and dependent variables.
(10 points) Which research method was used? Write a paragraph (or two) in which you
discuss (at least) one strength of this research method for this project and (at least) one
weakness of this research method for this project. Do you think another research method
would have been a better method by which to answer the research question? Why or why
(15 points) Discuss the results of the research. What were the findings of the study?
(How did the subjects behave?)
(25 points) Write 1-3 paragraphs in which you discuss the implications of the findings.
In other words, how does this research add to our understanding of the extent to which
groups and/or authority can have power over behavior?
In your discussion of the implications of the research, use information from Chapter 5
in order to argue the ways by which this research demonstrates the power of
groups/authority on an individual’s behavior.
You must use at least two concepts/terms/theories from Chapter 5. Be sure that these
terms are relevant to the study’s findings and that you show you understand the
concept/term/theory in your writing. You must bold or underline the
concept/term/theory that you use or else it will not be counted.
(20 points) In 1-2 paragraphs, write whether or not you think this research was ethical.
What were the specific ethical issues posed in this research? Do the ends (the study’s
findings and implications) justify the means? Why do you believe what you do?
A few notes about the assignment:
You should only be using your Textbook and the link (posted on the first page of
this assignment) for your sources. There is no need to use other material to complete
this assignment. If, however, you do use outside/additional sources, you MUST BE
SURE TO CITE. Using the ideas of others without giving the proper credit (citing) is a
form of plagiarism which, according to Montgomery College policy, will result in an F
for the assignment and perhaps an F for the course.
Ø For help with citation procedures, please check out some of these websites:
Your assignment should be typed, double-spaced, 12-point font. (As noted above, you
are encouraged to number your answers to correspond with the questions, but are also
welcome to use a more traditional paper format.)
Your assignment is due by midnight. Please be sure to submit your paper to
SafeAssign by then and use your name in the title of your assignment. (If you
think you are having difficulty with the assignment and/or meeting the deadline,
please get in touch with me before the due date for the paper.)
Read, re-read, and re-read. Make sure that you have proofread your paper! Pay
particular attention to spelling and grammar. Use this paper as a way to practice
getting your writing very clear and concise.
Please let me know if you have any questions about the assignment. I welcome the
opportunity to get to know you better and help you to make the most out of this writing
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