You will be reading the book “The Pact” by Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt and writing a minimum 5 to 6 page report (page count excludes References Page). This assignment is designed to incorporate the issues, terms, topics, concepts and social theories (theoretical perspectives) presented throughout the semester.
Your paper will be built around the hierarchical learning structure of Bloom’s Taxonomy. This classifies ascending levels of thinking. Knowledge is the foundation of learning and thinking, but it is not enough to just know the name of an issue or a concept, one must comprehend it. For example, knowing that Social Conflict theory is one of the three major social theories is incomplete without understanding that the conflict theorists are interested in issues of power, inequality, and conflict.
The application of that theory, for example, involves identifying those issues of power, inequality, and conflict in specific situations, interactions, and social structures. You will apply all three of the major social theories in this section:
In analyzing the content of the book, you will discuss how the book relates to many of the topics presented in your textbook chapters, such as:
Groups and Organizations
Sex and Gender
Health and Medicine
You should include at least 6 of these topics in your report with specific examples from the book (with page numbers) and discuss how they influenced the trajectory of the lives of those involved.
In your synthesis, you will bring several of the pertinent issues or topics together and explain how they relate to one another and to the characters in the book. Compare and contrast, demonstrate cause and effect, and show correlations in your synthesis.
You will end your paper with a concluding one to two paragraphs evaluating the overall content of the book. You may also include in this section your personal perspective of what you read.
So, the body of your paper will be your application, analysis, and synthesis, all demonstrating your knowledge and comprehension, while concluding with your evaluation. Organize your paper, after the summary, in that order.
The structure of your paper will be as follows:
Begin your paper by giving a brief summary of the book and why, overall, it is relevant to sociology. The remainder of your paper will be organized according to the parameters discussed above. Be sure to give specific examples from the book The Pact of sociological concepts and issues, bolded, (with corresponding page numbers in parentheses) utilizing the appropriate sociological terms. Bold all uses of sociological terms, topics, concepts, and theories in your report as well.
This is to be in essay form, so use paragraphs. Report should be word-processed in Arial 12-point font, double-spaced with standard margins, MLA style. At the end of the report include a References Page, referencing the book The Pact and the textbook, and including additional resources if utilized (References Page is not included in the 5-6 page count). You will be posting this assignment as a document file in the appropriate module.
I highly recommend utilizing the services at The Writing Center as you put together your paper. The Writing Center is a part of the Academic Support Center located on the first floor, west entrance of the Library, building 800. The Writing Center is in Room 808, phone (714- 992-7153); web: writingcenter.fullcoll.edu
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Important: Have someone proofread your paper for you before posting the final copy. This may help you find errors (grammatical, punctuation, etc.) that you may have overlooked. Common errors are: Skipping a line between paragraphs when indenting; the use of “could of” or “would of,” rather than “could have” or “would have;” misplaced commas; confusion between “there,” “they’re” and “their;” using contractions such as “can’t,” “won’t,” etc.
The Pact Report Grading Rubric
Introductory Paragraph (5 points)
Concise summary of the content of the book and its relevance to Sociology.
Application of Social Theories (20 points)
Clear and thorough application of all three major theoretical perspectives (Structural Functionalism, Social Conflict, Symbolic Interactionism) demonstrated in the lives, situations, and experiences of the characters in the book.
Analysis (30 points)
Cogent analysis of six of the fifteen topics identified (Culture, Socialization, Social Interaction, Groups and Organizations, Sex and Gender, Deviance, Social Stratification, Race, Economics, Family, Religion, Education, Health and Medicine, Urbanization, and Social Change), (5 points each). Clear explanation of how the topics relate to, and are influential in, the lives of the characters in the book. A separate paragraph for each topic is recommended.
Synthesis (10 points)
Explanation of how a select few of the topics analyzed relate to one another and were intertwined in the lives of the main characters in the book.
Evaluation (10 points)
Incisive conclusion on the overall content of the book and its relation to Sociology. You may include in this section your own personal observations of the book as well.
Formatting (10 points)
Report is double spaced using Ariel 12-point font with standard margins, MLA style, with a References page at the end. Use of specific examples from the book The Pact of sociological concepts and issues (with corresponding page numbers in parentheses) utilizing the appropriate sociological terms. All sociological terms, topics, concepts, and theories are bolded.
Grammar, Spelling, Sentence Structure, etc. (10 points)
Paper is well-organized and includes proper grammar, correct spelling, and proper sentence syntax with good flow.
References Page (5 points)
All sources cited correctly on the References Page at the end of the report (MLA style) listing the book The Pact and the textbook and including additional resources if utilized.
Internal citations may use only the page number in parenthesis unless citing the textbook or additional sources. It will be assumed that the page number refers to The Pact unless otherwise cited. If citing the textbook or other sources, include author’s name (in which case page number may not be needed unless using a direct quote).
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