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SOC2000 – VARHOLA WRITING PROJECT Constructing a Sociological Research Paper EVALUATION: This collection of graded projects is worth 40% of your overall course grade. In order to receive maximum credit for this project, all requirements listed below must be met. Annotated bibliographies, formal outlines, and final research papers will all be evaluated using rubrics (available in Pilot) designed to specify the student’s writing strengths and weaknesses. PART 1: SOCIAL PROBLEM SELECTION. By the beginning of the third week, each student will have selected a social problem of interest that will be used as a point of focus for the remainder of the writing project. Selections will be peer reviewed in class, and together we will collaborate to cement your social problem selection into a working research question. PART 2: ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHIES. Each student will submit annotated bibliographies for three (3) sources in one Microsoft Word document, all in APA format. All three sources will be relevant to your selected social problem and research question. Annotated bibliographies are due in Pilot on TUESDAY FEBRAURY 11th . PART 3: FORMAL OUTLINE. Your formal outline will include substantive subject matter for all of the items listed in Part 4 below. Each main bullet point in your outline (introduction, literature review, data and methods, theory, conclusion) shall have multiple subsections below it. The last subsection of your introduction will be your research question. Outlines will be 2-3 pages of content in length (not counting the cover or references pages), and will include five (5) academic peer-reviewed sources. Individual formal outlines are due in Pilot on TUESDAY MARCH 11th . PART 4: FINAL RESEARCH PAPER. Introduction: Provide general background on your social problem. Explain why you consider it to be a social rather personal problem. Use one citation that highlights the nature of your social problem, and explain how it will be used as a connecting thread between the remaining sections of your paper. Define the terms “sociology” and “sociological imagination” and apply them to your social problem. Explain the value of using sociology and your sociological imagination to understand social life as it relates to your social problem. Cite any sources you use (direct quotes or paraphrases) in APA format. The last sentence of your introduction will be your research question. Research Question: Your research question will be a concise and narrow (one sentence, in the general form of IV->DV) explanation of the relationship that you will be exploring in the rest of your paper. Remember, your research question will be included in your paper as the last sentence of your introduction. Literature Review: Conduct a review of relevant academic literature pertaining to your social problem. Compare and contrast key arguments and theories from similar sources, and analyze and explain key differences/conflicts between dissimilar sources. Cite any sources you use (direct quotes or paraphrases) in APA format. Data and Methods: Show how relevant, widespread or significant your selected social problem is by reviewing the data and method of data collection in your academically relevant sources. Include information about, and your analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of, each of the following from all of your relevant sources: sample size, choice of methodological approach, and important findings. Cite any sources you use (direct quotes or paraphrases) in APA format. Theory: Consider your social problem through the lenses of the three central sociological theoretical paradigms – functionalism, social conflict, and symbolic interactionism. Which one best explains your social problem? Discuss the best fit, then compare and contrast this perspective to the other two paradigms. Remember that a well-argued theory section not only advances one position, it also argues against the other core theoretical perspectives. Conclusion: Restate your thesis statement, and express any conclusions you have reached throughout the course of preparing your research paper. This is the section in which you can express your opinions about the subject. Include ideas for how future research into this social problem may be conducted. Discuss potential applications to policy that may impact the social problem of focus (e.g. changes in law, institutional procedures). Final research papers will be 4-5 pages of content in length (not counting the cover or references pages), and will include seven (7) academic peer-reviewed sources. Final research papers are due in Pilot on TUESDAY APRIL 15th . MECHANICS: In constructing your project, be sure to follow these instructions: 1. Use APA format. That means proper punctuation and style for in-text citations, and appropriately formatted references pages noting all sources of information contained in your project (text, books, the internet, class notes, or other sources), whether directly quoted or indirectly paraphrased. Running headers and abstract pages are encouraged, but not required, for this project. 2. Cover page. You MUST always include a cover page with the following items: a creative/informative title, your name, instructor name, course name and section number (SOC2000-xx), and project due date. 3. Format. This project is to be typewritten, with one inch margins, page numbering (except the cover page), font size 12, and double line spacing. Appropriate spelling, punctuation, and grammar are considered in the grading of this project. ASSISTANCE: The instructor and graduate teaching assistant are available to students for a general review of assignments for completeness and satisfying project requirements prior to the due date of the project. HOWEVER… Questions about the use of APA format and other technical writing issues are to be directed to the WSU Writing Center (775-4186), WSU Writers Hotline (775-2158), and/or style manuals (available on-line on the WSU library homepage, and available in hard copy in the reference area of the WSU library). THIS PROJECT REQUIRES APA FORMATTING AND CITATION STYLE. A link to the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University, one of the most up-to-date APA style guides available, can be found in Pilot. WARNING: The use or copying of another student’s work, or of work that is not your own, is a form of plagiarism and may be subject to academic disciplinary action. Cite the sources of your information throughout your paper for both paraphrased and directly quoted material. All student submissions may be processed through TurnItIn.com at the sole discretion of the instructor.

 

Introduction Level 3
5 points
Level 2
3 points
Level 1
0 points
Introduction Broad to narrow “funnel”-like style; properly contextualizes the social problem being studied; aptly sets up the research question/thesis statement. Lacks clarity in contextualizing the social problem being studied; does not adequately setup the research question/thesis statement. Introduction poorly crafted, or no introduction present
Research Question/Thesis Statement Level 4
10 points
Level 3
7 points
Level 2
5 points
Level 1
0 points
Research Question/Thesis Statement Well developed research question in proper IV->DV form; independent and dependent variables are both social in scope. Somewhat developed research question in proper IV->DV form; only one or neither variable (IV or DV) is social in scope. Research question is not in proper IV->DV form, only one or neither variable is social in scope. Research question/thesis statement not present or clearly distiguishable.
Body Level 4
15 points
Level 3
12 points
Level 2
9 points
Level 1
0 points
Literature Review Includes key arguments and/or theories, and critical analysis, for all relevant sources. Includes key arguments and/or theories, and critical analysis, for some relevant sources. Includes key arguments and/or theories, and critical analysis, for few or no relevant sources. No literature review present.
Data and Methods Includes information about sample sizes, methods used with strengths and weaknesses, and key findings for all relevant sources. Includes information about sample sizes, methods used with strengths and weaknesses, and key findings for some relevant sources. Includes information about sample sizes, methods used with strengths and weaknesses, and key findings for few or no relevant sources. No data and methods section present.
Theory Includes discussion of one key sociological paradigm (functionalist, conflict, symbolic interactionist), significant analysis of how theory relates to the social problem being studied, comparison/contrast of the other two core paradigms, and application of a particular theory from the text to the variable(s) being studied. Includes discussion of one key sociological paradigm (functionalist, conflict, symbolic interactionist), some analysis of how theory relates to the social problem being studied, and comparison/contrast of the other two core paradigms. Includes discussion of one key sociological paradigm (functionalist, conflict, symbolic interactionist) and little to no analysis of how theory relates to the social problem being studied. No theory section present.
Conclusion Level 3
5 points
Level 2
3 points
Level 1
0 points
Conclusion Solid restatement of research question with concluding remarks; incorporates applications to future research; speaks to possible implications to policy. Research question and conclusing remarks need clarification; fails to incorporate applications to future research; does not speak to possible policy implications. Conclusion poorly constructed, or no conclusion present.
Style Level 3
5 points
Level 2
3 points
Level 1
0 points
Grammar Excellent grammar, one or no errors Some grammar errors Poor grammar throughout
Punctuation/Font/Page numbers Correct punctuation, 12 point font, pages appropriately numbered Minor punctuation errors, incorrect font size or choice, or lack of appropriate page numbering Multiple punctuation errors, incorrect font size or choice, and lack of appropriate page numbering
Spelling Excellent spelling, one or no errors Some spelling errors Poor spelling throughout
Citations/References Level 4
10 points
Level 3
7 points
Level 2
5 points
Level 1
0 points
In-text Citations All in-text citations are in proper APA format. Some in-text citations are in proper APA format. Few or no in-text citations are in proper APA format. No in-text citations present.
References Page Cites at least the number of sources outlined in the assignment; AND all sources cited can be considered reliable and/or trustworthy; AND all citations are formatted correctly in APA format. Cites at least the number of sources outlined in the assignment; AND some/no sources cited can be considered reliable and/or trustworthy; OR some/no citations are formatted correctly in APA format. Cites fewer than the number of sources outlined in the assignment; OR some/no sources cited can be considered reliable and/or trustworthy; AND some/no citations are formatted correctly in APA format. No references page present.
Overall Score Level 5
90 or more
Level 4
80 or more
Level 3
70 or more
Level 2
60 or more
Level 1
0 or more

 

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