topic paper social influences on behavior

Soc. 350: Social Interaction

Topic Paper: Social Influences on Behavior

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Class,

This assignment will be a four-part assignment and will require that you write a 7-page

paper (not including title or reference pages) discussing each part 1- 4 in detail.

Part One: For the first part of this assignment please discuss each of the influences

provided below and how they affect social interaction in an interpersonal (personal

relationship) and group setting:

1. Situational Influences

2. Psychological Influences

3. Social Influences

Part Two: The second part of this assignment will require your paper to discuss in detail

each of the three types of social influences and how each type can affect an individual’s

behavior in a social setting.

1. Conformity which involves a change in a person’s attitudes or behavior in

response to (often implicit) pressure from others.

2. Compliance which involves going along with explicit requests made by others.

3. Obedience which involves giving in to the commands of an authority.

Part Three: The third part of this assignment will require your paper to discuss in detail

how social interaction is the primary influence on, or determinants of, behavior? In

addition, how do the actions of other people influence an individual’s behavior both

positive and negatively.

Part Four: The fourth part of this assignment will require that your paper discuss and

apply Impression Management theory to the topic of social influences on behavior.

According to the theory, how do the actions of other people influence an individual’s

behavior? Additionally, what are the theory’s major strengths and weaknesses?

Use your best writing skills for your paper. Make sure that you follow the proper APA

formatting and guidelines. Including in-text citations. Please remember to cite your

sources and use at least five references.

Social Influences Paper – Grading Rubric

Assignment Rubric for Grading: Below is the grading rubric for this assignment.

Please follow the assignment directions as well as use the grading rubric to complete

your assignment. Your paper will be graded according to the grading rubric.

Grading Rubric Format Scoring: The paper is at least 7 pages in length, typed and

double-spaced. The paper follows APA guidelines including a title and reference page

with at least 5 references as well as provides in-text citations (10 points). Please note

that if one or more of these requirements are missing you will be deducted the full -10

points.

Grading Rubric Scoring Part One: The first part of the assignment discusses each of

the influences and how each affect social interaction in an interpersonal (personal

relationship) and group setting (20 points max)

• Situational Influences is discussed and explained.

• Psychological Influences is discussed and explained.

• Social Influences is discussed and explained.

Grading Rubric Scoring Part Two: The second part of the assignment discusses

in detail each of the three types of social influences and how each type affects an

individual’s behavior in a social setting (25 points max)

• The influence of Conformity is discussed and explained.

• The influence of Compliance is discussed and explained.

• The influence of Obedience is discussed and explained.

Grading Rubric Scoring Part Three: The third part of the assignment discusses in

detail how social interaction is the primary influence on, or determinant of, behavior, the

assignment also discusses how the actions of other people influence an individual’s

behavior both positive and negatively is discussed and explained (40 points max)

Grading Rubric Scoring Part Four: The fourth part of the assignment discusses and

applies Impression Management theory to the topic of social influences on behavior.

The paper also discusses and explains (using the theory), how the actions of other

people influence an individual’s behavior, and the paper also discusses and explains the

strengths and weaknesses of the theory (30 points max)

Grading Rubric Scoring for Formatting: The paper follows the required format and is

at least 7 typed pages, follows APA guidelines including a title page, a reference page,

in-text citations and at least five references (10 points max). Please note that if one or

more of the formatting requirements and/or APA guidelines is missing you will be

deducted the maximum points -10 points.

**Remember that your paper is required to be submitted in Microsoft Word format.

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