GSSC 1159- Strange World Familiar



Most of us consider ourselves to basically be honest, sincere people. GSSC 1159- Strange World FamiliarBut suppose you woke up one morning and found yourself in a courtroom with a judge asking you to objectively “tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth as you actually experienced it”.  Only what you’re supposed to tell the truth about is how you are conducting yourself in social interactions with others during an ordinary day. Then you start your actual day ….

The Field Study

In this assignment you are to observe and document yourself acting as you usually do for one full day.  But carry a notebook or electronic recording device, and write down when and how you didn’t fully tell the truth in your social interactions with others.

Pay attention to your responses from the time you’re asked “So how did you sleep?”, through your encounters with “Hi, how are you?”, to such questions as a waiter’s “How’s your meal?”, a co-worker’s “Isn’t[latest movie or song] awesome?”,  a teacher’s “So class, are there any questions?”,  or a girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse’s “Do you love me?”, and so on.

Please note that the purpose of this field study is not a moral exercise to determine whether you are an honest person. It is a sociological inquiry into the complex nature of human social interactions using your own experiences as an opportunity to study this.

Also note that while the focus is on times when you think you’re veering from fully telling the truth, a lie (in the sense of a false statement made with the intent to deceive) may not be the only form of ‘not fully telling the truth’ that you might be engaging in.

Writing Up and Reflecting On Your Findings

Format your written paper in terms of four separate sections that answer the following questions:

1)  Introduction: State the purpose of the field study. What are you going to do and why?

2)  Methodology: How did you actually organize and carry out the field project? Also discuss any difficulties you encountered in setting up and doing the field study (If you didn’t encounter any difficulties, simply say so.).

3) Results — Not Fully Telling the Truth: Collect and report on the results of your study in a structured way. In what kinds of situations or particular encounters did you find yourself not fully telling the truth? Upon reflection, for what reason(s)?

4) Concluding Discussion: Although you were observing yourself interacting with others, can your observations tell us anything about how you think human beings interact with one another more generally? In other words, what did you learn from this project about humans as social beings and what’s involved in ‘being social’?

The Written Report

Your written report should:

– be written up in four sections with appropriate section headings

– clearly and fully answer all parts of the assignment

– be double-spaced and about 3-4 pages in length with page numbers.

– adhere to the accepted rules and conventions of English grammar and composition, and

– pay attention to sound argumentation, the appropriate use of strong evidence, and the responsible use of rhetoric.

-include class content and resources

This assignment doesn’t require you to draw on outside resources. But if you do, they should be properly noted and referenced in a “References” section at the end in APA/MLA citation style-method.

Submit your assignment online before the start of class.

This assignment is worth 15% of your final grade and is dueONLINE via Blackboard ONLY and by 3:00 PM _____SEPTEMBER 18, 2017_____

GSSC 1159- Strange World Familiar

              / 20 marks4







Below Average

Assignment guidelinesAnswers all questions in the assignment in a clear and concise manner, while referencing course content.Answers all/some questions in the assignment in a clear and concise manner without little reference to course content.Answers some questions in the assignment in a clear and concise manner with no reference to course content.Does not answer any of the questions set out in the assignment guidelines.No reference to course content.
Methodology and ResultsProvides a relevant methodology and results section in a strong, concise manner.Provides a relevant methodology and results section, but is weak in some areas.Some of the methodology and results is clear, but examples are weak/not well developed.Provides very weak methodology/results sections.
ConclusionSummarizes learnings from the assignment in a strong concluding statement.Summarizes learnings from the assignment in concluding statement.Concluding statement is a weak summary of learnings from the assignment.Concluding statement makes no reference to learnings from the assignment.
OrganizationLogical flow. Easy to read.

Includes required sections. Adheres to page limit.


Logical and mostly easy to read. Includes required sections. Adheres to page limit.Somewhat hard to follow. Ideas are out of sync. Includes some required sections.

Almost follows page limit.

Difficult to read. No logical flow. Does not include required sections. Does not follow page limit.
Writing Style and Presentation Formal writing style used. Complete and consistent sentences. No spelling or grammar errors. Includes correct APA/MLA citation references on a separate reference page.Formal writing style used. Complete sentences. Minor spelling or grammar errors.

Includes APA/MLA citation references on a separate reference page with minimal errors.

Informal writing style. Incomplete sentences. Spelling and grammar errors.

Includes APA/MLA citation references on a separate reference page with many errors.

Informal writing. Several spelling and grammar errors. Does not include APA/MLA citation references.