This is a 4 page theory paper on Cults. I added a seperate sheet of detailed instructions. It has 4 parts to the project but you only need to focus on week 3 draft. Based on this project think of a question, a significant one that gives you a research question that puzzles our society that may be related to this topic. The goal for this paper will be, instead, a theory paper?what may become a theoretical or introductory section to your thesis. To that end, you state one or two possible answers to this question, and then ?test? how one or two of our social theorists guide you to your topic statement about that puzzle (admittedly, this is just a hypothesis). The first page of your paper should allude to a topic, a puzzle, and one or two answers?a topic statement. The bulk of your paper should go on to explain how one or two theorists help one come to one or two answers to this puzzle. Throughout your paper, you should theorize the explanation to your puzzle by referring back to the theorists and the text we have read, and perhaps secondary theoretical sources posted on the book or suggested by the instructor during early parts of this assignment. Some theorist are Calhoun, Michel Foucault, Bourdieu, Immanuel Wallerstein, Herbert Marcuse, Zygmunt Bauman and Manuel Castells to name a few.The goal of this assignment is to theorize a thesis using two contemporary theories we have discussed in class. Since the practice of formal writing helps us learn, think critically, and improve writing skills, significant effort will be expected toward improving our ability to express ourselves in written form. The entire assignment is worth a net 46% of your total grade for the course, distributed as follows:
Part 1: Topic Statement (2%) Due: Sunday Week 1
Part 2: One-page outline (3%) Due: Thursday Week 2
Part 3: Draft One (13%) Due: Wednesday Week 3
Part 4: Peer Review (5%) Due: Sunday Week 3
Part 5: Final Course Paper (23%) Due: Saturday Week 4
We think and learn best when we write, especially when it comes to social theory. The main assignment for this course seeks to develop theoretical writing skills towards a capstone course in sociology, so a significant effort will be expanded toward improving students? ability to think sociologically, and write with an eye to critically understanding, integrating, and applying contemporary social theory.
Students will submit a Topic Statement/Thesis by Week 1 to be approved by the instructor. By Thursday of Week Two students will turn in a detailed one-page outline of their planned Draft 1. They will then complete a full and complete Draft One of the paper before midnight Thursday of Week 3; they will also conduct a peer review a classmate?s Draft 1 by the end of Week 3. Students turn-in a revised and expanded version for the final course paper on Saturday of the final week of class.
One will be at least four pages long and cover contemporary theories in the first two weeks of the course (not foundational classical theorists i.e. Marx, Weber, Durkheim, or Mead). Final course paper will be at least nine pages in length, will add at least other theorist from the second two weeks of the course, and will revise the portion from Draft 1, per consideration of instructor and peer suggestions. More detailed instructions for the theory paper assignment are posted separately.
The expectation is that Draft One represents students? best work. Make sure to complete a full draft, as both the instructor and a peer will provide you with extensive comments on Draft One (each student will be matched with a peer based on a chosen theorist during week 2).
For Final course paper, students will incorporate and justify revisions, to turn in a significantly better?not to mention longer and developed ?version of the paper. Further detailed instructions on this assignment are posted to week 3.
For the final product of this assignment you will end up writing a theory paper on a topic of your choice, applying two contemporary theories. There are four efforts on your behalf: part 1) topic statement; part 2) detailed outline, part 3) draft one, and part 5) final course paper. Below are general guidelines for navigating this assignment before we get to requirements.
a) To select a topic statement (thesis) for a case study, start with a topic based on a unit of analysis. Some possible units of analysis include, but are not limited to:
?an event (ranging from first man on the moon to the Chargers leaving San Diego)
?an organization (such as the company you work for) Cults
?a subculture (such as the xolos, strongly preferred one about which have first-hand knowledge)
?a policy (such as federal mandatory minimum sentences for drug offences)
The above are mere examples; please pick your own topic, preferably one about which you plan to?or have already written about in?your capstone thesis project. Based on this project think of a question, a significant one that gives you a research question that puzzles our society that may be related to this topic (e.g. Why do we all remember where we were on 9/11? Why do some workers in my organization given ?flexible? work schedules?). Your goal in this paper is to use two of our theories to help us explain one or two answers to this question.
Please note: you are not required to do any formal research. This assignment requires no use of outside sources on empirical case studies, only material from the text, though additional theoretical reading is encouraged. Your goal for this paper will be, instead, a theory paper?what may become a theoretical or introductory section to your thesis. To that end, you state one or two possible answers to this question, and then ?test? how one or two of our social theorists guide you to your topic statement about that puzzle (admittedly, this is just a hypothesis). The first page of your paper should allude to a topic, a puzzle, and one or two answers?a topic statement. The bulk of your paper should go on to explain how one or two theorists help one come to one or two answers to this puzzle. Throughout your paper, you should theorize the explanation to your puzzle by referring back to the theorists and the text we have read, and perhaps secondary theoretical sources posted on the book or suggested by the instructor during early parts of this assignment.
For Part 1, you are expected to turn in one paragraph detailing: a draft thesis. In addition to a topic, and a topic statement/thesis, have one sentence telling what you expect to learn from the paper you have chosen to write. Try to provide a puzzle about this issue?something we typically ask about this event/subculture/policy, etc.?that can oater point you to a research question and possible answers.
For Part 2, you are required to turn in a detailed page-long outline of your anticipated paper, including the concepts or ideas that you will use and how you will use them. A final topic statement should be included at the top along with a contemporary theorist you plan to use for Draft (from weeks 1-2 towards) This version of the topic statement is binding, so make your decision wisely and get feedback on Part 1 before you turn this in.
For Part 3, you will Draft a complete draft, analyzing your puzzle from the perspective of one contemporary theory/ist from weeks 1-2. The goal is to demonstrate how your case supports or challenges a contemporary social theory. You are expected to turn in a complete, four-page paper that represents your best work, applying one contemporary theorist to your case study. This is not a rough draft! The professor and a peer will review your paper and comment on it, giving you tips on where you can develop your writing or argument, and how your paper could be stronger. Still, this assignment will also be graded as a finished product.
For Part 4, the peer review, you will review another student?s Draft 1 who has similar theoretical interests as you. Please get the email of and exchange papers with a peer you have been matched with during the class meeting during week 2. You will find more information about how to give peer feedback on a paper posted to week 3. What did they do well? How can they improve their revised draft? A discussion board thread will be created by the instructor, where you can get in touch with your peer to exchange your assignments, in addition to turning in this assignment to the instructor.
For Part 5, you will complete Final course paper (at least nine pages long). Students will incorporate my suggestions for revision?and some of your peers?? in order to theoretically expand and develop your paper. In addition to edits about your use of the first theory, you will also add a second, contemporary theory/ist from weeks 3-4. Again, the goal is to demonstrate how your case supports and expands, or challenges and revises that theory, though this time also comparing and contrasting the two theories. You must also submit this paper to Blackboard, as well as turn in a paper copy with your original paper with my comments attached to this paper. Include a cover sheet to the final course paper tracking and explaining which of the major advised changes you have made. This assignment will be graded based on how significant of an improvement you will make. If you did not do well on Part 3, this is your chance to do better. If you turned in a strong Part 3, this is your chance to grow as a writer and sociologist.
Guidelines for all writing assignments: Assignment should be typed; in Times New Roman 12 pt font with 1? margins double-spaced; and include your name, the assignment name, and page numbers. The rough draft should be a best draft of your work, meaning that you have read through the finished product at least once and:
8corrected any grammatical or typographical errors to the absolute best of your ability,
8ensured that the introduction and conclusion belong to the same paper and make the same point (sometimes our intentions drift as we get writing),
8and made sure each part of the essay makes sense and contributes to the whole.
You must cite any sources you consult, and properly quote anything you use in your essay. These citations should be formatted according to ASA, APA, or Chicago style requirements.