The goal of the final assignment for this class is to provide you with an opportunity to think and write critically about the theoretical perspectives we covered throughout the semester. In this assignment, you are required to answer two (2) questions by comparing/contrasting the work of different theorists. Each question is to be answered individually, and there is no need to add an introductory paragraph/concluding remarks that tie the questions together. Just an answer to the questions will do. Each answer should be approximately 500 words long (2-3 pages) long (though this is more of a recommendation than an actual requirement. I will not count how many words/pages you wrote! However, know that if your answer is much shorter than recommended, it probably means that you have left out important information and you should revise and expand your work.)
While the answers should not involve outside research or readings, they should have a clear thesis statement supported by a logical argument and backed up with evidence from the readings assigned for this class. Critical reviews of the readings are welcome (in fact, they are highly encouraged!), as long as they are supported by a logical argument and evidence.
Collaborations (such as Berger and Luckmann) will be considered as one theorist, and if we have covered more than one text by the theorist you choose to work with, you will have to use at least two of those texts. Each answer will be worth 20 points, and, as in the mid-term you will not be able to use the work of a given theorist/collaboration more than once (unless it’s in addition to the required 2 theorists for the question).
Your report should include an answer to two of the following questions
Compare the processes through which inequalities based on gender and class are created and maintained. Are inequalities based on gender/class the result of the same social processes, or do they derive from different sources? Address this question by citing the work of at least two theorists, and illustrate your arguments with at least two examples (in total).
Some of the theorists we have covered in this class have grappled with the issue of happiness and human relations in modern and post-modern society. Compare and contrast how two of the theorists whose work we’ve covered in the class perceive the issue, and illustrate your arguments with at least two examples.
How do lifestyle choices maintain and reproduce social inequalities? Compare and contrast the writings of two theorists on this issue, and illustrate your arguments with at least two examples.
Some of the theorists we have covered in this class have dealt with issues of domination and power. How do these theorists perceive the issue? How do their perspectives differ? In what ways are they similar? Illustrate your argument(s) with two examples.
Since the goal of this assignment is to enable you to develop your own personal perspective and interpretation of the readings, it is important to emphasize that your paper should reflect your individual work (students caught engaging in any form of plagiarism will receive a zero on this assignment, and, if this is their second offense, will be reported in addition to failing the class). Anti-plagiarism software has become quite good at spotting attempts to paraphrase ideas found on the internet (such as Wikipedia entries). Resist the temptation to claim the ideas of others as your own! If you are relying on the insight of others, please cite the sources accordingly. Otherwise, I will assume that you intended to keep the source obscure.
Please keep in mind that while discussing personal experiences and opinions is more than welcome, the expectation in this paper is that you engage with (i.e., discuss) the reading.
The paper should include proper in-text citations of each source consulted or referred to and an appropriately formatted Works Cited page using APA guidelines. APA citation guidelines can be found here: http://louisville.edu/writingcenter/for-students-1/handouts-and-resources/handouts-1/apa. (The UofL writing center’s website has excellent resources and handouts, not only regarding APA. Be sure to check those out! http://louisville.edu/writingcenter/for-students-1/handouts-and-resources/handouts)
While this is an open-book, open-notes exam, and you may use whichever sources are at your disposal, I highly encourage you to be skeptical of online sources. While some reviews of the material are quite rigorous, some may not reflect a deep understanding of the theorists’ work. Quite a few websites (especially those aimed at simplifying the material for college students) are notorious for offering misleading, and indeed, incorrect, summaries. You’ve been warned .
Understand that my expectations for a take-home exam are not the same as for an in-class mid-term. I will expect you to take your time to spell-check your work (and indeed, not use colloquial or vague language in your answers), and support your arguments with examples and quotes from the textbook. Your answers need to reflect a well thought-out, and well-articulated argument. Since you will plenty of time to think about your answers, as well as access to the internet, I highly encourage you to connect between the readings and current events.
Please don’t answer more than two questions. If you do, I’ll only grade the first two.
This assignment will be due on 4/26 at 11:59 PM EST through BlackBoard. Please do not ask for an extension. You have a little over a month to work on this assignment, so please plan your time accordingly. Late submissions will NOT be accepted.
Please send your work in a .doc .docx or .pdf format. Corrupted/damaged files will not be considered timely submissions (so no extensions will be given on the basis of having sent a corrupted file).
Here is the link for the Text Book.
You are free to choose the two Theorist of your liking.
We covered until chapter 31.