DUE DATE: Friday April 10th, in my office no later than 5:00pm. NO EXCUSES! LENGTH: The papers should be approximately 3-5 pages in length. All extra credit papers are required to be computer generated - no hand written, ragged edged papers! FORMAT: There is a list of movies below (it will grow with time!). For each movie you are to provide a sociological analysis using ideas generated from our textbok and class discussions. THE MOVIES: 1) Parenthood, 2) Soul Food, and 3) Jungle Fever.
DUE DATE: Last Day of Class by 5:00pm. NO EXCUSES. LENGTH: Critical Book Reviews should be between 3-5 pages. They must be computer generated (no hand written papers). Papers should be double spaced and in a reasonable font. FORMAT: The purpose of a critical book review is to 1) concisely restate the main line of argument proposed by the author and 2) intelligently critique the authors argument. Restate the main idea: The easiest approach to this is to read the book in one or two settings. When you are don reading, put the book down ad try to summarize the MAIN idea in you own words. DO NOT Highlight! It is distracting and is more useful when you need to recall minute detail (which you do not need to do in this particular context. Critique: There are various strategies to critiquing the argument. There may be clear holes in the logic of the discussion or a failure to substantiate assertions with empirical evidence. If you come across these things, your task will be easy. Another approach is think about what theoretical perspective the author(s) are drawing from (i.e., functionalism, social conflict, or symbolic interactionsim). Think about the assumptions each perspective has about the social world and try to critique the argument from another perspective. For example, if you can identify an argument as being functionalist - try to look at the same phenomenon from a conflict perspective to formulate a critique. The critical review should read like an essay - not a set of questions and answers. THE BOOK LIST Anderson, Elijah (1994). Streetwise. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Hacker, Andrew J. (1992). Two Nations: Black and White; Seperate, Hostile, Unequal. New York: Ballantine Books. Jencks, Christopher. (1995). The Homeless. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Massey, Douglas and Nancy Denton (1993). American Apartheid: Segregation and the making of the underclass. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. Wilson, William J. 91987). The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
DUE DATE: The last day of class by 5:00pm. NO EXCUSES. LENGTH: Autobiographis should be between 5-7 pages. They must be computer generated (no hand written papers). Papers should be double spaced and in a reasonable font. FORMAT: The purpose of a personal biography is to provide a conscious and contemplative look at one's own experiences from a sociological perspective. You will want to provide an even balance of recounting the important experiences in your biography that have made you the person that you are today along with an analysis of what social forces existed and what role they played in shaping both opportunities and constraints in your personal experience.