From thinking sociologically in general to examining particular instances of social injustice to finally exploring how social change takes place, this course has covered a broad spectrum of topics. This final paper is intended to be a space for you to reflect on the course as a whole and consider which aspects of it might “stick with you.”
The paper should be at least three pages in length and include the following components:
• From your perspective as a student what was this course about?
o If you had to summarize the class for someone else, what would you say?
• Which reading or section of readings resonated most with you?
o Summarize the reading/section.
o Explain what was useful, interesting, or significant about it.
• How will you carry the work we’ve done this semester into your future?
o What do you want to do in the future?
? What kind of life do you want to have? What kind of person do you want to be? What kind of work do you want to do (in general or specific to a chosen career)?
? How might some of the topics we’ve covered in this course relate to your goals and activities in the future?
o Be specific and use examples or ideas from readings or class.
The paper is due to me via email on December 3rd by 5 pm. It should respond to all parts of the prompt and be formatted properly: double-spaced, size 12 times new roman font, and one-inch margins. Papers turned in late will drop a letter grade for each additional day.
Additionally, be sure to clearly reference and properly cite at least two assigned readings from the course in your paper. You are welcome to use materials not assigned in class, but be sure to verify their credibility (they are from accredited news sources or academic journals). You must use ASA formatting for your reference page and in-text citations.
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 points 0 points
Ideas (15 points) The paper fully answers all parts of the prompt. The paper answers all but one part of the prompt. The paper answers most parts of the prompt. The paper answers some parts of the prompt. The paper answers only a few parts of the prompt. The paper does not answer any parts of the prompt. ____/5
The paper references multiple ideas from class and clearly cites at least two readings. They are interpreted and used correctly. The paper references multiple ideas from class and at least two readings. They are not interpreted or used correctly. The paper references multiple ideas from class but only one reading. The paper references some ideas from class but only one reading. The paper references some ideas from class but only one reading. They are not interpreted or used correctly. The paper does not reference any ideas or readings from class. ____/5
The paper demonstrates an outstanding grasp of sociological concepts. The paper demonstrates an adequate grasp of sociological concepts. The paper demonstrates an adequate grasp of some sociological concepts, but not others. The paper demonstrates some grasp of sociological concepts. The paper demonstrates a poor grasp of sociological concepts. The paper does not demonstrate any grasp of sociological concepts. ____/5
Writing (10 points) There are no distracting spelling or punctuation errors. There are one or two distracting spelling or punctuation errors throughout the paper. There are one or two distracting spelling errors on each page. There are multiple distracting spelling errors on each page. ___ /3
Paper is well organized and easy to read. There are no run-on sentences. Paragraphs are appropriate length and only include one topic. Paper has a clear beginning, middle, and end. Paper is mostly well organized and easy to read. Only a few errors in organization and style. Paper is not well organized in some areas. There are multiple errors in organization and style throughout the paper. Paper is poorly organized and very difficult to read. __ /3
Paper is formatted according to instructor’s specifications. There are a few errors in formatting. Errors in formatting are obvious and distracting. ___/2
Materials are properly cited throughout the paper and the reference page is included and complete. There are a few errors in citations and reference page. There are no citations nor reference page. ___/2
TOTAL: ____ / 25