The “edited sociological book” project was developed as part of an effort to reimagine the required classical theory course at Lehman College (CUNY) to make its instruction less top-down and more focused on the skills students need in the practice of their sociological profession. The assignment calls on students to become editors of a sociological...
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The files include a description of the project, a long guide, an appendix with two small assignments, one discussion tool and rubric.
The project is introduced on week 5 after exposure to: The difference between observation and theory; Contemporary uses of theory (though dated, Collins’s (1971) “Functional and Conflict Theories of...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Demonstrate knowledge of sociological traditions by developing the skills to find and correctly identify journal articles written from specific perspectives.
- Distinguish peer reviewed sociological journal articles on a specific topic from other non-sociological or non-peer reviewed sources
- Use the conventions of a professional sociological writing genre to discuss the contribution that each sociological tradition can make to understanding a specific topic and to advancing the field of sociology.
- Sources are evaluated on whether they are correctly identified as being from a sociological tradition, by looking at the concepts or framework that they use.
- Sources are evaluated on whether they are peer reviewed and well-aligned with the book topic.
- Writing effectiveness is measured by looking at whether the student presents a convincing rationale for including the source as a "chapter" in an "edited book". And whether they are able to include sentences connecting sources together.