Using a Sociological Approach

USING A SOCIOLOGICAL APPROACH

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/moneyfood-deserts-20…

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  • “The narrowing, but persistent, gender gap in
  • pay”

    http://www.pewresearch.org/facttank/2017/04/03/gen…

  • “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 Functionalism,

    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 corresponding

    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 assignment,
  • 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 conclusion

    drawn from

    the research.

    Weight: 20%

    Does not describe

    the key

    findings and/or

    conclusion and

    does not provide

    supporting

    details.

    Inaccurately

    describes key

    findings or conclusion

    and supporting

    details

    are sparse.

    Partially describes

    key

    findings and conclusion

    but some

    of the supporting

    details are missing.

    Accurately

    describes key

    findings and

    conclusion and

    includes supporting

    details.

    Accurately

    describes key

    findings and

    conclusion and

    includes supporting

    details.

    Demonstrates

    strong understanding

    by using

    sociology terms

    and providing

    logical, accurate,

    and concise information.

    2. Use a major

    sociological theory

    to explain

    the key findings

    or conclusion,

    and address any

    limitations of

    the theory.

    Weight: 40%

    Does not use a

    major sociological

    theory to

    explain the key

    findings or conclusion

    and does

    not address theory

    limitations.

    Inaccurately

    uses a major

    sociological

    theory to explain

    the key findings

    or conclusion,

    or inaccurately

    addresses theory

    limitations and

    supporting details

    are sparse.

    Partially uses

    a major sociological

    theory

    to explain the

    key findings or

    conclusion, or

    partially addresses

    theory limitations,

    but some

    of the supporting

    details are missing.

    Accurately uses

    a major sociological

    theory

    to explain the

    key findings

    or conclusion,

    and addresses

    theory limitations

    with supporting

    details.

    Accurately uses

    a major sociological

    theory

    to explain the

    key findings

    or conclusion,

    and addresses

    theory limitations

    with supporting

    details. Demonstrates

    strong

    understanding by

    using sociology

    terms and providing

    logical, accurate,

    and concise

    information.

    5

    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 research

    ideas.

    Weight: 30%

    Does not propose

    a solution

    or does not provide

    additional

    research ideas.

    Proposes a solution

    that isn’t

    fully aligned with

    the key findings

    of the research,

    or the supporting

    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 additional

    research

    ideas that include

    supporting

    details.

    Proposes a

    solution that is

    aligned with the

    key findings of

    the research, and

    provides additional

    research

    ideas that include

    supporting

    details. Demonstrates

    strong

    understanding

    by using sociology

    terms.

    4. Write in a

    skillful manner

    using stated

    formatting and

    correct grammar

    and spelling.

    Weight: 10%

    Writing does not

    meet minimal

    standards. Tone

    is not appropriate.

    Wholly

    lacking in logic,

    clarity, and/or

    stated formatting.

    Contains

    many spelling

    and/or grammatical

    errors.

    Writing meets

    minimal standards.

    Tone is

    not appropriate.

    Lacking

    one or more

    of logic, clarity,

    and/or stated

    formatting. May

    contain many

    spelling and/

    or grammatical

    errors.

    Writing is satisfactory.

    Appropriate

    and/or

    consistent tone

    is developing.

    Shows moderate

    logic, clarity,

    and/or stated

    formatting.

    May contain

    more than a few

    spelling and/

    or grammatical

    errors.

    Writing is proficient.

    Tone is appropriate.

    Shows

    logic, clarity,

    and stated

    formatting. May

    contain few or

    no spelling and/

    or grammatical

    errors.

    Writing is excellent.

    Tone is

    appropriate and

    demonstrates

    excellent word

    choice. Shows

    exceptional

    logic, clarity, and

    stated formatting.

    Contains no

    spelling or grammatical

    errors.