Unit IV Norm-Breaking Worksheet

Instructions
For your assignment, you will conduct an exercise in which you break a folkway, a norm governing everyday behavior. Then, you will complete a worksheet by answering a series of questions about your experiment. You can break the norm with family members or friends only.
Please pick one of the following social norms to break for this assignment:
  1. Proximity norms — sit or stand too close or too far from people (friends or family only).
  2. Food norms — eat non-finger foods with your fingers, or eat with the wrong utensils.
  3. Clothing norms — wear your clothes backwards or inside out, wear socks with sandals, wear sunglasses indoors, wear a funny hat or costume, or wear casual clothing to a formal event or formal clothing to a casual event.
Once you have selected a social norm, you will download and complete the worksheet by clicking here . Save all of your work to the worksheet, and submit it in Blackboard for grading.
(Tip: Textbook material to help guide you through the assignment is found in Chapter 6, page 130 and pages 132-135.)

Unit IV Norm-Breaking Worksheet

For this assignment, you will be completing the following questions about your norm-breaking experience. Answer the questions directly on this document. When you are finished, select “Save As,” and save the document using this format: Student ID_UnitIV. Upload this document to Blackboard as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file.

What norm did you decide to break?
 
Was it a formal or informal norm you were breaking?
 
What were your thoughts, concerns, and feelings about breaking the norm before you broke it?
 
What were your behaviors or actions while breaking the norm? Discuss what happened during the experience.
 
How did you feel while breaking the norm?
 
How did others react when you broke the norm?
 

 

 

How did the reaction reinforce or not reinforce the norm?
 
What did you learn about yourself or others from this experience?