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Burnside: SOC 100: (spring 2024)

Sociology of Everyday Life

Zine Assignment and Rubric

SOC 100B:  Sociology of Everyday Life                                                   Spring 2024

Instructor:  Dr. Jackie Burnside                                          Name _________________

Librarian:  Ms. Amanda Peach

Data Workshop using Social Facts: 

Visions of Life Chances in the 21st Century (15%)       

                                                     Due:  April 26th on paper in class                       


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 inspired by visions

of their life chances based on their present everyday life, which is influenced by social

institutions.  Students will select five social institutions to use as they describe aspects

of their present life and consider future goals over the next five to ten years. 

By creating a Zine, each student has opportunities to communicate ideas and tell aspects of their story/experiences 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 100 course syllabus:

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

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 10-page (internal) zine, plus front and back cover, about their vision of their present and future, based on five social facts (underline) they choose. Do draw upon one’s sociological imagination and resources (see grading rubric for more details).  Students have a choice of submitting a collage-style booklet zine, or a PDF version (using a “booklet layout” or pdf template), printed on paper so the pages will be in the correct order and orientation when printed and folded to hand in as a paper copy.

Rubric: Social Facts and Social Institutions - 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 five social facts and five social institutions.  Underline five sociological concepts that are relevant and apply four of the major theoretical perspectives (e.g. Functionalist, Conflict, Symbolic Interactionist, Feminist, and Postmodern).

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

  • Student stepped out of their comfort zone 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.

  • Zine, typically, should consist of 10 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.

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.

Hutchins Library Zine Collection

Planning content for your zine

Zine Making : Online Resources

Using Canva to Make a Zine

Printing Digital Zines

These Instructions work for the most Common Type Zine (Half size, staple bound booklet).

1. Create zine in Canva
2. After you're done creating it, put your pages in this order while still in Canva: Back Cover, Front Cover, Page 1, Page 10, Page 9, Page 2, Page 3, Page 8, Page 7, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6
3. Click share→download→file type→pdf print
4. Open PDF
5. Click on print symbol 🖨️
6. Pages per sheet→2
7. Check print on both sides AND select flip on short edge
8. Print, fold in half, and staple

If you can only use wireless print (the print link):

1. Follow steps 1-3 above then open PDF (it should automatically open in your browser)
2. Click on the print symbol 🖨️
3. Go to more settings then Pages per sheet→2
4. Save pdf (open it with a PDF viewer to make sure it saved 2 pages/sheet)
5. Open wireless print and select the pdf
6. Select to print all the pages (1-6)
7. Duplex should be set on double sided (short)
8. Orientation should be set on landscape
9. Print, fold in half, and staple!