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SOCIO 102 - Hanson

Use this guide to complete your research assignment in Richard Hanson's class

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Your Task

You will be exploring the topic of neighborhood and community cohesion as a social uniting process through the lens of several different sociological theories as spelled out in your assignment. In order to do that you'll need to:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the sociological theories through your class lectures and reading.
  • Explore ideas of uniting and disuniting in your neighborhoods through interviews.
  • Read published literature (articles, books, chapters, etc.) to explore issues surrounding what elements of social belonging and cohesion within neighborhoods that lead to healthy, thriving, safe, communities. Relate what you discover through your reading to the social uniting process you learned about in class. 
  • Report on your findings and make recommendations on ways to identify your neighborhood's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and how to use this analysis to mobilize the strengths and opportunities in your neighborhood to ameliorate the weakness and threats in order to build safe, cohesive communities.