Theory of Action

| February 14, 2014

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After reading the Theory of Action in Chapter 2 beginning on page 35, describe the Theory of Action and then present an analysis of a recent news article in terms of the four points of behavior conceptualized by the Theory of Action: (1) behavior is oriented to the attainment of ends or goals or other anticipated states of affair; (2) It takes place in situations; (3) It is normatively regulated and (4) It involves expenditure of energy or effort or motivation. There is an example of a brief analysis of a case on page 36 ? you may follow this model, which begins at the end of the first column, but it is important that you include a richer description than the example offered on page 36. You may choose to use a newspaper article, a magazine article, or an article located on the Internet. (Please note: this theory is about what causes some behavior to be able to be called ‘action’. Not all behavior is ‘action’. Your paper will be judged according to the degree to which you understand the theory.)Essays must be 5 pages (1500 words minimum exclusive of the title page, reference page, and abstract), double spaced (NOT including title page, abstract, or reference page), must have section headings, and must fully answer the questions posed. Papers must be in APA format and all sources must be cited properly. Please follow the paper structure requirements given in the INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL WRITTEN WORK document available in the ‘Resources’ link in the Writing Resources folder and attached here. Papers without section headings and a fully functional introduction will not be reviewed and will be returned for editing.
Students will be given a choice of two topics/questions for each essay. Each essay is worth 35 points for a total of 70 points toward your final grade. Essay questions can be found in the Assignments section of the classroom. See the Course Materials area of the classroom for the grading scales used to evaluate the essays and instructions for all written work. Papers which do not meet the minimum word requirement will have the percent missing subtracted from the total point score for the paper.
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