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SOC 350: Theories Guiding Sociology (spring 2023)

Dr. Jackie Burnside

Assignment

SOC 350:  Theories Guiding Sociology                                                       Date ______________

Instructor:  Dr. Jackie Burnside                                                        Student: _________________

Librarians: Ms. Amanda Peach, Mr. Angel Rivera

1st Essay (15%):  Forgotten Legacy Sociologist

          Pick a sociologist, whose work has not have been well recognized in the 20th Century.  Check that no one else in our class is writing about your choice.  Describe interesting biographical details and explain aspects of their work (service) that were (or could yet be) significant contributions to society.  For instance, which social conditions (a.k.a. Social Facts) were they addressing, and how (with what methods or resources)? In what ways might their work(s) have been facilitated or hindered during their lifetime?  Or, if the individual is still living, update their activities in the 21st century.

            Discuss an aspect(s) you admire about this person and their contributions (legacy).  Share your context for this research and writing rationale, including your motivations for your selection and your ‘beginner’s mind’ as part of your library research strategies.  Apply three major theoretical perspectives in your writing.

          Learning Objectives for this assignment:

  • To learn about little known sociologists and social facts that influenced their lives.
  • To practice critical reading skills of mostly secondary sources.
  • To continue to update knowledge of resources and refine library research strategies.
  • To recall sociological concepts and theoretical perspectives in your writing.

Length:  word count 950-1100, 12-in font, Arial type, 1.5 line spacing, with APA-style citations both in-text and Works cited (minimum four sources including our A&E text).  Attach your Peer Review form with paper for submission.

Schedule:

January 17th               Understand the Assignment and start Topic Brainstorming.

January 19th           Hutchins Library Workshop:  Resources exploration 8AM -Rm 104         
                                Find and evaluate sources, compile a working bibliography, draft a thesis 
with an outline.

January 24-26th      Mini-conferences to show Work-in-Progress: a paragraph based on your revised thesis and outline, with support from your working bibliography.                  

January 31st          Due: Essay (paper) due in class with Peer Review form attached. Students give                                 brief oral presentations on key aspects (3-4 minutes) and receive 30-60 seconds responses from designated (rotating) classmates.

 

Criteria

Very Good (A = 4)

Good  (B = 3)

Acceptable (C = 2)

Unsatisfactory (D=1)

Interesting title and introduction

 Title and introduction paragraph announces subject in memorable way

Title fits and introduction paragraph is mostly clear, and still draw readers in.

Title is okay but introduction paragraph  is not consistently clear. The opening does not draw readers attention.

Title is fair or missing; purpose of introduction is generally unclear.

Discussion of biographical details, social facts and recognition of sociological concepts. 

Balanced presentation of relevant & legitimate info that clearly supports each fact & shows a thoughtful,  analysis of a significant topic.  Reader gains important insights.

Information about each of the five facts provides reasonable support for a central purpose & displays evidence of a basic analysis of a significant topic.  Reader gains some insights.

Information supports a central purpose at times.  Analysis is basic or general.  Reader gains few insights.

Central purpose is not clearly identified.  Analysis is vague or not evident.  Reader is confused or may be misinformed.

Descriptive explanations  make use of three major theoretical perspectives.

Balanced presentation of relevant aspects that clearly supports each fact & shows a thoughtful use of three major theoretical perspectives.

Information about each (3) perspective provides reasonable support for a central purpose & displays evidence of a basic analysis.

Information about perspectives is uneven and provides only partial support & displays evidence of a basic analysis.

Information about one or more perspectives is missing or lacking adequate details and provides little evidence of a basic analysis.

Organization

The ideas are arranged logically to support the purpose.  They flow smoothly from one to another & are clearly linked to each other.  The reader can follow the line of reasoning.

The ideas are arranged logically to support the central purpose.  They are usually clearly linked to each other.  For the most part, the reader can follow the line of reasoning.

In general, the writing is arranged logically, although occasionally ideas fail to make sense together.  The reader is fairly clear about what writer intends.

The writing is not logically organized.  Frequently, ideas fail to make sense together.  The readers cannot identify a line of reasoning and loses interest.

Writer's stance and tone

The writing is compelling.  It hooks the reader & sustains interest throughout.

The writing is generally engaging, but has some dry spots.   In general, it is focused & keeps the reader's attention.

The writing is dull & unengaging.  Though the paper has some interesting parts, the reader finds it hard to maintain interest.

The writing has little personality.  The reader quickly loses interest.

Sentence Structure

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Word Choice

Sentences are well phrased and varied in length and structure.  They flow smoothly from one to another.

  Word choice is consistently precise & accurate.

Sentences are well phrased with there variety in structure.  Flow from sentence to sentence is generally smooth. 

 The writer often goes beyond the generic word to choose one more precise & effective

Some sentences are awkwardly constructed so that the reader is occasionally distracted.

Word choice is merely adequate, and the range of words is limited. 

Errors in sentence structure are frequent enough to be a  distraction to the reader.

Some words are used inappropriately.

Grammar, punctuation and word count.

 References are a minimum of four sources, including our A & E text.

The writing is free or almost free of errors; has proper word count length. 

Quality references are included.   Citation credit is clear & fairly represented.

There are occasional errors, but they don’t represent a major distraction or obscure meaning. 

Legitimate sources that support claims are generally present.

The writing has several errors.   Sources of information are confusing.  Word count may or may not have proper length.

There are many errors that obscure the meaning. Word count may or may not have proper length.  References are seldom cited or are incorrectly cited.

           

Search Terms

(sociology or sociological) and (impact or contribution or legacy) and "patricia hill collins"

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