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Burnside: SOC 100: (fall 2021)

Sociology of Everyday Life

The Assignment

SOC 100B: Sociology of Everyday Life Fall, 2021                                                                    Instructor: Dr. Jackie Burnside 

Librarian: Ms. Amanda Peach

Data Workshop: Sociological Autobiography in a Zine (15%)

Due: October 18th (Monday)


A “zine” (short for magazine) is a short booklet, often self-published, assortment or collage of both text and visuals/graphics that may be hand drawn, photo-copied, or magazines/newspaper cutouts that present a topic of interest to the author and is relevant to our course. For this assignment, each student’s topic will be developed based on aspects of their sociological autobiography.

Purpose: By creating a Zine, each student has opportunities to communicate ideas and tell aspects of their story/autobiography with images and text in ways that are memorable and powerful.

This assignment is related to Student Learning Objectives #3, #4, and #5 on our SOC 100B course syllabus:

3. Explain social situations by applying sociological concepts and checking the


4. Comprehend the importance of cultural diversity in everyday life.

5. Become fascinated by the subtle linkages between individual biography and the

historical, socio-economic context within which one lives in accordance with practicing one’s Sociological Imagination.


Students will create a 16-page zine, including front and back cover, about key themes they choose, based on their sociological autobiography and resources (see grading rubric for more details). Students have a choice of submitting a PDF version (using a

“booklet layout” or pdf template), so the pages will be in the correct order and orientation when printed and folded to hand in as a paper copy.

Rubric: Sociological Autobiography in a Zine Name: __________________

Feedback scale: Very Good (20-18); Good (17-16); Fair, mostly satisfactory (15-14);

Unsatisfactory (13-12); Poor (11-0).

______ Contents of Zine (2/4):

-has a clearly developed theme(s) with a rich variety of information supporting key ideas and facts; sociological concepts are relevant and three of the major theoretical perspectives are applied.

______ Creativity (1/4): Emphasis will be discussed by teacher and student.

- Student stepped out of their comfort one and devoted effort to develop a unique project with evidence of their Sociological Imagination. Images are expected from assorted media because Zines will not be graded on students’ art drawing skills.

_______ Organization, Format and Size, and Citations (1/4):

- Images pertain closely with text and develops the main points; Zine has an attention-catching beginning, strong middle, and end.

- Composition style is presented well with effective transitions between segments which enables audience to understand Zine’s points and relate to our course’s concepts.

- Zines, typically, should consist of 12 internal pages plus a front and back cover. Standard US letter-size 8.5” x 11” paper, printed on both sides and folded in half will form a zine booklet. Tip: keep in mind that a minimum ½-inch margin around the edge of each page to tolerate some degree of error in printing and folding.

- Writing mechanics are effective with proper citations style (e.g. APA, MLA) with use of in-text citations and a works cited list/resources for future interests.

Zine Making : Online Resources

Planning content for your zine

Don't want to cut and paste? Try Canva!

5 Perspectives

Sociological Theoretical Perspectives

Functionalism: A theoretical perspective based on the notion that social events can best be explained in terms of the functions they perform – that is, the contributions they make to the continuity of a society.

Conflict:  A theory which argues that deviance is deliberately chosen and often political in nature.

Symbolic Interactionism:  A theoretical approach in sociology developed by George Herbert Mead, which emphasizes the roles of symbols and language as core elements of all human interaction.

Rational Choice:   More broadly, the theory that an individual’s behavior is purposive. Within the field of criminology, rational choice analysis argues that deviant behavior is a rational response to a specific social situation.

Feminist:  A sociological perspective that emphasizes the centrality of gender in analyzing the social world and particularly the uniqueness of the experience of women. There are many strands of feminist theory, but they all share the desire to explain gender inequalities in society and to work to overcome them.

Works Cited:

Giddens, Anthony. Essentials of Sociology. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 2008. Print.