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Theoretical Script Writing: A creative project for social theory courses
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Keywords

Social theory
Theory
Creative
Theoretical
Marx
Durkheim
Weber
Sociological theory
Classical theory
Contemporary theory
Creative Writing

How to Cite

Meiser, Ellen. 2022. “Theoretical Script Writing: A Creative Project for Social Theory Courses”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, September. Washington DC: American Sociological Association. https://trails.asanet.org/article/view/theoretical-script-writing-creative-project.

Abstract

“Theoretical Script Writing” is a final assignment for undergraduate sociological theory courses that encourages the application of concepts learned over the course of a semester to modern day social issues using students’ creativity. Upon learning about foundational theorists, students are asked to select four figures, then write a script where these...

Details

Subject Area(s):
Teaching and Learning in Sociology, Theory
Resource Type(s):
Assessment, Assignment, Class Activity
Class Level(s):
Advanced Graduate, Any Level, College 200, College 300, College 400, Graduate, High School
Class Size(s):
Any

Usage Notes

Context: This assignment was created and field-tested in a synchronous, online 300-level “Survey of Social Theory” course. The course is offered through the social sciences department, and is required for sociology and psychology undergraduates. Roughly two-thirds of the students who participated in the field-test were psychology majors; the remaining...

Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Goal 1: Reinforce students’ baseline understanding of sociological theories learned earlier in the course.
  2. Goal 2: Stimulate critical thinking by analyzing general social issues through the individual perspectives of classical and contemporary theorists.
  3. Goal 3: Apply social theory through a creative and imaginative framework.
  4. Goal 4: Hone writing skills to develop a formal, logical, yet entertaining script that connects with an audience.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Learning goals are evaluated through a written assignment, roughly the length of a typical undergraduate literature review, research paper, or other conventional final project. Typical grading rubrics for written papers can be applied to the grading of students’ work.

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