Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work Department
Final Paper – Due Week of December 5
Application of the Three Sociological Paradigms
The course material provided during this semester was designed to facilitate the development of sociological thinking, that is, thinking from a perspective beyond individual choices that incorporates social forces or societal influences in your analysis of outcomes or observed social phenomena. Moreover, the course text has emphasized three major sociological paradigms from which to analyze social phenomena including suicide, social institutions, race/ethnicity, social structures, socialization, groups, class, social stratification, issues related to race, gender and age, social inequality, deviance, and many others. You are to write a critical analysis of a sociological topic about which you are passionate.
Other points to remember:
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- · Your paper must be typed, double-spaced, Times Roman, font 12, with 1-inch margins on all sides of the page (top, bottom, right and left).
- Points will be deducted for late papers.
- Grading will be based on content, structure, style, and editing.
- Please use the spell-check.
Direct plagiarism is the word-for-word transcription of a section of someone else’s work, without attribution and without quotation marks. The deliberate plagiarism of someone else’s work is unethical, academically dishonest, and grounds for disciplinary actions, including expulsion.
Self-plagiarism occurs when a student submits his or her own previous work, or mixes parts of previous works, without permission from all professors involved. For example, it would be unacceptable to incorporate part of a term paper you wrote in high school into a paper assigned in a college course. Self-plagiarism also applies to submitting the same piece of work for assignments in different classes without previous permission from both professors.
Mosaic Plagiarism occurs when a student borrows phrases from a source without using quotation marks or finds synonyms for the author’s language while keeping to the same general structure and meaning of the original. Sometimes called “patch writing,” this kind of paraphrasing, whether intentional or not, is academically dishonest and punishable – even if you footnote your source!
Accidental plagiarism occurs when a person neglects to cite their sources, or misquotes their sources, or unintentionally paraphrases a source by using similar words, groups of words, and/or sentence structure without attribution. Students must learn how to cite their sources and to take careful and accurate notes when doing research. Lack of intent does not absolve the student of responsibility for plagiarism. Cases of accidental plagiarism are taken as seriously as any other plagiarism and are subject to the same range of consequences as other types of plagiarism.
Grading Rubric to assess written assignment.
|CATEGORY||-3- Exceeds Expectations||-2- Meets Expectations||-1- Needs Improvement||-0- Inadequate|
|Grammar & Mechanics||Essay is free of distracting spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors; absent of fragments, comma splices, and run-ons.||Essay has few spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors allowing reader to follow ideas clearly. Very few fragments or run-ons.||Most spelling, punctuation, and grammar correct allowing reader to progress though essay. Some errors remain.||Spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors create distraction, making reading difficult; fragments, comma splices, run-ons evident. Errors are frequent.|
|Format||Meets all formal and assignment requirements and evidences attention to detail; all margins, spacing and indentations are correct; essay is neat and correctly assembled with professional look.||Meets format and assignment requirements; margins, spacing, and indentations are correct; essay is neat and correctly assembled.||Meets format and assignment requirements; generally correct margins, spacing, and indentations; essay is neat but may have some assembly errors.||Fails to follow format and assignment requirements; incorrect margins, spacing and indentation; neatness of essay needs attention.|
|Integration of Knowledge||The paper demonstrates that the author fully understands and has applied concepts learned in the course. Concepts are integrated into the writer’s own insights. The writer provides concluding remarks that show analysis and synthesis of ideas.||The paper demonstrates that the author, for the most part, understands and has applied concepts learned in the course. Some of the conclusions, however, are not supported in the body of the paper.||The paper demonstrates that the author, to a certain extent, understands and has applied concepts learned in the course.||The paper does not demonstrate that the author has fully understood and applied concepts learned in the course.|
|Citations||Cites all data obtained from other sources. APA citation style is used in both text and bibliography.||Cites most data obtained from other sources. APA citation style is used in both text and bibliography.||Cites some data obtained from other sources. Citation style is either inconsistent or incorrect.||Does not cite sources.|
|Sources||More than 5 current sources, of which at least 3 are peer-review journal articles or scholarly books. Sources include both general background sources and specialized sources. Special-interest sources and popular literature are acknowledged as such if they are cited. All web sites utilized are authoritative.||5 current sources, of which at least 2 are peer-review journal articles or scholarly books. All web sites utilized are authoritative.||Fewer than 5 current sources, or fewer than 2 of 5 are peer-reviewed journal articles or scholarly books. All web sites utilized are credible.||Fewer than 5 current sources, or fewer than 2 of 5 are peer-reviewed journal articles or scholarly books. Not all web sites utilized are credible, and/or sources are not current.|