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ASSIGNMENT 3

USING A SOCIOLOGICAL APPROACH

Due Week 10: 200 points

By now, you have practiced and should understand the

sociological research process. You also have a good handle on

how the major sociological theories explain social issues. Now, it’s

your turn to apply this knowledge. For your final assignment, you’ll

review a research article to identify the research conclusion. Then,

you’ll take another look at that conclusion from the perspective of

one of the major sociological theories.

Instructions:

Complete all three parts of the assignment by

following the instructions below.

PART A: WHAT DID THE RESEARCHERS LEARN?

1)

Article Review

:

a)

Prepare to complete your assignment by

reviewing the articles below. Select one for the

focus of your assignment.

•

Money, Not Access, Key to Resident Food

Choices in ‘Food Deserts’

https://news.ncsu.edu/2017/03/money-

food-deserts-2017/

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•

“The narrowing, but persistent, gender gap in

pay”

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-

tank/2017/04/03/gender-pay-gap-facts/

•

“Bridging a Digital Divide That Leaves

Schoolchildren Behind”


https://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/23/

technology/fcc-internet-access-school.html

b)

Review your selected article several times to

familiarize yourself with the content before going

to the next step of this assignment.

2)

Learn

: Use the research information in the article to

answer the questions below. You should write at least

one paragraph for this step. Refer to Chapter 2 of your

webtext as necessary.

a)

What were the key findings of the research?

b)

What conclusion was drawn from the research?

PART B: WHAT WOULD THE THEORIES SAY?

Remember

: The four major sociological theories are Functional

ism, Conflict Theory, Symbolic Interactionism, and Rational Choice

Theory. For more information, review Sections 1.8 – 1.12 in your

webtext.

Use one of the four major sociological theories to explain the key

findings in the research article you reviewed in Part A. You should

write two paragraphs, one for each question.

a)

How would this theory explain the key findings or

conclusion of the research in the article?

b)

What limitations does this theory demonstrate

in addressing the problem examined in the

research article?

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PART C: WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Use your article to help answer the questions below. You should

write two paragraphs, one for each question.

a)

What would you suggest to address this

problem?

b)

What additional research would you conduct

to help address the problem examined in the

research article?

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

•

Use Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch

margins on all sides.

•

Use section headers (Learn, Theory, and Solution) and

write left indented paragraphs under each correspond

ing section.

•

References are not required for this assignment as you

will use one of the assigned articles and your webtext.

•

Include a cover page containing the title of the assign

ment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the

course title, and the date.

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RUBRIC

Grading for this assignment will be based on the following rubric:

POINTS: 200

ASSIGNMENT 3: USING A SOCIOLOGICAL APPROACH

Criteria

Unacceptable

Below 60% – F

Meets Minimum

Expectations

60-69% – D

Fair

70-79% – C

Proficient

80-89% – B

Exemplary

90-100% – A

1. Describe the

key findings of

the researchers

and the conclu

sion drawn from

the research.

Weight: 20%

Does not de

scribe the key

findings and/or

conclusion and

does not pro

vide supporting

details.

Inaccurately

describes key

findings or con

clusion and sup

porting details

are sparse.

Partially de

scribes key

findings and con

clusion but some

of the supporting

details are miss

ing.

Accurately

describes key

findings and

conclusion and

includes support

ing details.

Accurately

describes key

findings and

conclusion and

includes sup

porting details.

Demonstrates

strong under

standing by using

sociology terms

and providing

logical, accurate,

and concise infor

mation.

2. Use a major

sociological the

ory to explain

the key findings

or conclusion,

and address any

limitations of

the theory.

Weight: 40%

Does not use a

major sociolog

ical theory to

explain the key

findings or con

clusion and does

not address the

ory limitations.

Inaccurately

uses a major

sociological

theory to explain

the key findings

or conclusion,

or inaccurately

addresses theory

limitations and

supporting de

tails are sparse.

Partially uses

a major socio

logical theory

to explain the

key findings or

conclusion, or

partially address

es theory limita

tions, but some

of the supporting

details are miss

ing.

Accurately uses

a major socio

logical theory

to explain the

key findings

or conclusion,

and addresses

theory limitations

with supporting

details.

Accurately uses

a major socio

logical theory

to explain the

key findings

or conclusion,

and addresses

theory limitations

with supporting

details. Demon

strates strong

understanding by

using sociology

terms and provid

ing logical, accu

rate, and concise

information.

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POINTS: 200

ASSIGNMENT 3: USING A SOCIOLOGICAL APPROACH

Criteria

Unacceptable

Below 60% – F

Meets Minimum

Expectations

60-69% – D

Fair

70-79% – C

Proficient

80-89% – B

Exemplary

90-100% – A

3. Propose a

solution and

additional re

search ideas.

Weight: 30%

Does not pro

pose a solution

or does not pro

vide additional

research ideas.

Proposes a solu

tion that isn’t

fully aligned with

the key findings

of the research,

or the support

ing details for

the additional

research ideas

are sparse.

Proposes a

solution that isn’t

fully aligned with

the key findings

of the research,

or the additional

research ideas

are missing

details.

Proposes a

solution that is

aligned with the

key findings of

the research, and

provides addi

tional research

ideas that in

clude supporting

details.

Proposes a

solution that is

aligned with the

key findings of

the research, and

provides addi

tional research

ideas that in

clude supporting

details. Demon

strates strong

understanding

by using sociolo

gy terms.

4. Write in a

skillful manner

using stated

formatting and

correct gram

mar and spell

ing.

Weight: 10%

Writing does not

meet minimal

standards. Tone

is not appro

priate. Wholly

lacking in logic,

clarity, and/or

stated format

ting. Contains

many spelling

and/or grammat

ical errors.

Writing meets

minimal stan

dards. Tone is

not appropri

ate. Lacking

one or more

of logic, clarity,

and/or stated

formatting. May

contain many

spelling and/

or grammatical

errors.

Writing is satis

factory. Appro

priate and/or

consistent tone

is developing.

Shows moder

ate logic, clarity,

and/or stated

formatting.

May contain

more than a few

spelling and/

or grammatical

errors.

Writing is profi

cient. Tone is ap

propriate. Shows

logic, clarity,

and stated

formatting. May

contain few or

no spelling and/

or grammatical

errors.

Writing is ex

cellent. Tone is

appropriate and

demonstrates

excellent word

choice. Shows

exceptional

logic, clarity, and

stated format

ting. Contains no

spelling or gram

matical errors.

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