Communicating Sociology

Category: Academic Writing (Page 1 of 4)

These are the essays I submitted for my SUSS assignments.

SOC301 – TMA02: Durkheim’s Moral Remaking (Sociological Theories and Perspectives)

Social gatherings consist of people coming together for a purpose. These scenarios often contain symbolic markers that streamline human action and behaviour while channeling attendees towards common goals. In Durkheim’s seminal book, “The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life”, he draws parallels between religion and society, theorising that the former unifies people through ritualistic behaviours just as similar actions are found in the latter with the goal of moral remaking as a continual process (as cited in Appelrouth & Edles, 2015, pp. 122-124; Durkheim, 2008). This paper will examine the traits and functions of religion and social gatherings through the lens of Durkheim’s theories on social beliefs and rituals. In doing so, I hope to identify communal characteristics between religious and social settings, uncover the degree of success in the different scenarios, and analyse whether some settings are more effective than others in the moral remaking process.

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SOC207 – TMA02: Transnational Ethnicity, Refugees, and Forced Migration (Social Stratification)

This paper will examine the perilous effects of transnationalism and forced migration on the Rohingyas and Uighurs. It is imperative that their histories are laid out first, with ethnicity, religion, language, and identity established so as to cement the Rohingya and Uighur people as first-class citizens while highlighting their plight. We will then inspect transnationalism as a multi-faceted concept and operationalise its broad definitions with heightened focus on the migratory and political aspects. Along the way, we will uncover how governments weaponised ethnicity, identity, religion, and language to discriminate against and displace the Rohingya and Uighur people from homes, and more importantly, their host nations. In doing so, the paper hopes to shed light on the disparate effects that transnationalism contains for different ethnicities and people.

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SOC301 – TMA01: The ruling epoch (Sociological Theories and Perspectives)

Marx (as cited in Appelrouth & Edles, 2015, p. 39) famously said: “The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas”. He framed the concepts of a ruling class and ideas within the context of a capitalistic society. Marx ultimately claimed that the workers would unite and eventually overthrow the ruling class once they realised a common consciousness. Contrary to his claims, history paints no such scenario.

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SOC207 – TMA01: Social Class in Singapore (Social Stratification)

In an article “Can money buy class?”, Dodgson (2019) writes about findings from a Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) survey that sought to identify what “high class” and “low class” meant to citizens. It is important to note that the survey included two open-ended questions with light prompting that asked respondents to “imagine” and describe a person they would consider as being of a high or low class. This suggests that respondents had to internalise class concepts, displaying a form of “class consciousness” (Marx & Engels, 2002), in order to provide qualitative answers.

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SSC211 – TMA02: Social Science Research Methods

In a working paper by the Institute of Policy Studies, Pang, Seah, and Wong (2019) conducted a survey to find out public perceptions on Singapore’s built heritage and landmarks and to “offer insights on public understandings of old buildings and landmarks in Singapore”. They used both qualitative and quantitative research methods in a study consisting of two phases, and performed focus group discussions, survey questionnaires, and face-to-face computer assisted personal interviews (CAPI).

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