Principles of Sociology – Writing Assignment #2 – “The Wolfpack” and Socialization
For this assignment, you will view and critically analyze the documentary “The Wolfpack”, available on Netflix. (If you do not have access to Netflix and cannot locate the documentary on any other platform or via a library, you will be required to research the listed issues and cite at least four academic articles that you have read in a bibliography.) You should take notes during your viewing (or research) that will assist you in writing a 4-paragraph essay that addresses the following points:
*socialization (what is it, in what ways does this documentary illustrate this central sociological concept?)
“society makes us human” (this statement reflects the symbolic interactionism perspective – in what ways does this documentary underscore this statement?… how would you characterize/categorize the children in this documentary?…the social environment of the family?)
agents of socialization (who/what were they, primarily, for these children?…what effect(s) of these limited agents of socialization can be noted once the children venture out?)
**your reaction (how did you feel about the documentary, what did you think about it and its effectiveness in terms of shining a light on the concept of socialization?…were any scenes especially striking to you, why?…does it make you wonder about anything?)
Your essays should be analytical in nature, and you should cite/quote at least two persons featured in the documentary in order to help you make your points. Find a great quote that will help you make one of your points in each of the two body paragraphs, at the least. *Make sure to properly introduce the documentary in your introduction, and that you have a clear thesis derived from your completed viewing.
**For your conclusion, do NOT simply restate your thesis, but make sure you revisit it, address it, and provide something NEW in terms of synthesis. Aim for a “soft landing” – finish off your conclusion with an evocative image, or present a thoughtful idea or direction for further inquiry into the topics/issues presented in the film. You always want to leave the reader with the impression that you have actually engaged with the topic you are writing about, and your professors are always looking for evidence that you are intellectually curious. Give it to them!