SOC 350: Social Interaction
Critical Thinking Paper #3 – The Self/Social Product
For this assignment please write a 5-page paper (not including title/reference pages),
answering the critical thinking question below. Please feel free to use the Internet and/or
other resources to answer the question in detail.
1. Answer the question.
The question is debatable and about which you can write an argumentative paper. The
point is that you should be trying to convince me of your position.
Critical Thinking Question: Do you believe that social interaction influences the “Self”
as social product or a social force regarding self-concept or both? Applying Cooley’s the
“Looking Glass Theory” to the concept? Please be detailed in your discussion.
2. Do research.
Do research on your topic to inform yourself of both sides of the issue so that you can
argue your point as clearly and strongly as possible. You may use the internet,
newspapers, journals, or other sources to inform yourself about your topic.
3. Write your paper.
Provide the strongest argument that you can for your issue. Make sure that you follow
the proper format clearly stating the issue, your claim, and your premises. Be sure to
provide support for your premises. Do your best to avoid vagueness and ambiguity.
Please remember to cite your sources and use at least three references.
Your argument, if it is written clearly, would be easily outlined. It may be helpful to
outline your own argument either before or after you write it to make sure that it is clear
and well structured.
Cooley´s concept of the looking glass self, states that a person’s self grows out of a
person´s social interactions with others. The view of ourselves comes from the
contemplation of personal qualities and impressions of how others perceive us. Actually,
how we see ourselves does not come from who we really are, but rather from how we
believe others see us.
Critical Thinking Analysis Paper #3 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 Section 1: The paper is at least 5 pages in length, typed and doublespaced.
The paper follows APA guidelines including a title and reference page with at
least 3 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 Section 2: The paper must answer the questions in full detail and
follow the required assignment directions and format: (90 points total).
• The paper identifies and explains in detail how social interaction influences the
“Self” as a social product, a social force regarding self-concept or both
(45 points total).
• The paper identifies and applies in detail Cooley’s, “Looking Glass Theory” to
each of the concepts (45 points total).
**Please note that 10 points will be automatically deducted if the paper does not follow
the assignment formatting requirements such as providing title/reference pages, page
length, and the quality of your paper including organization, formatting and following
APA guidelines including in-text citations.