Sociological Imagination: after lecture and reading about the sociological imagination, choose an event or circumstance from your own life where this can be applied. What greater forces in your life (politics, economics, religion, race, gender, geography, etc.) have influenced your behavior in a particular manner? For example, was there adequate funding for schools in your area or has the education system in your area been compromised with low funding? Are there opportunities for gainful employment? Are employment opportunities scarce? How has living in a small or large community affected your views? Was there particular political practices that have affected your life (segregated cities, for example). Remember that political practices such as segregation will affect both minorities and the majority.
After choosing your circumstance or event, write a one double-spaced page explaining how institutions have influenced your life (or some aspect of it) using the sociological imagination.