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Writing Intensive

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Campus Writing Program
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Spring 2017

Course Catalog Information

Sociology (SOCIOL)
Collective Behavior - Writing Intensive
Analysis of crowd behavior and related phenomena: rumors, disasters, fashions. Social responses to unclear, dangerous or unjust conditions. The dynamics of conflict, consensus and change.
Behavioral Science
A-F (allow student to choose S/U option)
PEA_ST 3520 - Collective Behavior

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Tenured Associate Professor
329 Middlebush Hall

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Writing Intensive Course Information

Collective behavior refers to the processes through which people construct discourses and practices that are different from or challenge "routine society." In this class we will study several forms of collective behavior -- mass hysteria, crowds, riots, and social movements, and explore their relationship to emotions, morality, and violence. There is no group work aside from in-class dyads to discuss topics.
The overall format of this course is successful and remains the same, however, the content of the course is updated and I am using more online video clips than in the past.
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Large Enrollment Courses:
Class attendance, active participation in class discussions and on BB, and in-class writing exercises (15%); five Analytical Exercises for 2 pts each (10%), a two-page essay exam (15%), a final three-page essay exam (20%). A research paper with several drafts is also required. The research paper should be at least seven full pages (with an additional bibliography). There will be one peer-review draft of the research paper (pass/no pass), a second draft submitted to the professor and TA (5%), and a final revised draft (30%). The conclusions of the final draft of the research paper will be presented in a two-to-three minute panel presentation (5%). If 90% of the class completes online evaluations at the end of the semester all students will receive 2 additional bonus points. There is also one extra-credit opportunity for up to 3 pts. (TBA).
Student performance is assessed through essay exams, multiple drafts of a research
paper and numerous short writing exercises some for 2 pts each and others pass/no pass. We also
have class discussions to get a sense of what students are understanding and what topics
require more attention.
We have norming sessions prior to grading assignments in which I make copies
of three exams and provide grading guidelines to my TA(s). We do grading and
meet the next day to talk about the points we gave each paper and why until
we are "on the same page." I also scan the graded assignments of the TA(s) prior
to returning the papers to the students.

Writing Intensive Assignments

Essay Exams (combined total 35%)
There will be two essay exams. The first is at least two-pages (15%). Students will be given three potential exam questions one week prior to the exam. One of these questions will be on the exam by the professor. The second essay exam (20%) follows the same format as the first
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Research Paper and Drafts (35%)
In the research paper (7 double spaced pages plus additional bibliography) students select a Social Movement Organization’s (SMO) or cult of interest to him or her. Drawing upon course concepts (and additional research about the SMO or cult) the paper analyzes its mobilization, ideology, framing, organization and tactics to evaluate how effective the movement or cult has been in achieving its goals and how it might change to be more effective. (It is important to recognize that a student does not have to support the goals of an SMO or cult to analyze it.) Three drafts of this research paper are required. The first draft is for peer review and graded pass/no pass similar to the writing exercises. The second draft students receive extensive feedback from the professor and TAs (5%). A third and final paper is revised based on feedback and turned in (30%). (Details about this research paper are provided below.)
Research Paper Requirements Do research on a social movement organization (SMO) or cult of interest to you. It can be international and/or historical or American and current.
In at least seven typed, double-spaced pages (with additional bibliography) do the following:
Part 1: ASSESS THE FORMS OF MOBILIZATION USED BY THE SMO OR CULT Analyze the forms of mobilization that the SMO or cult uses to gain resources and members. How do they do outreach to gain members?
Part 2: IDENTIFY THE SMO OR CULT’S IDEOLOGY AND FRAMING Identify the ideological orientation(s) of the SMO and why you have come to this conclusion. How have they framed their diagnosis, prognosis and motives for action?
Part 3: ANALYZE THE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE SMO OR CULT Is the structure more bureaucratic or collectivist democratic or something else? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this type of organization for its mobilization and longevity?
Part 4: HOW EFFECTIVE IS THIS SMO OR CULT? ARE YOU PERSUADED TO JOIN? Given the SMO or cult’s mobilization, ideology, framing, organization and tactics would you be interested in becoming involved with it? How effective is the mobilization and framing of this organization? Why? Could it be improved? How?
RESEARCH SOURCES: Use course material in addition to at least :
one book and/or two to three (peer-reviewed) journal articles (suggested readings on the syllabus can be used for one reading).
Length of assignment:
Peer review/Instructor/TA

Analytical Exercises (10%)
There will be 5 Analytical Exercises (AE) worth 2 pts each. Answer the AE question on the syllabus in roughly two, typed written, double spaced pages based on familiarity with course concepts from the readings for that day and student reflection.
Length of assignment:

Total pages for all assignments:
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Writing Intensive Teaching

Instructor provided feedback
Peer review
In the research paper students analyze a social movement organization of their choice through identifying how it emerged, mobilized, its organization and ideology, and how it framed its concerns to the public. In both essay exams students answer questions requiring their analyses of questions such as why riots take place and/or whether or not cyber sabotage (e.g. Wikileaks) is a form of nonviolent civil disobedience or sabotage.
The first exam occurs a month into the course followed by the research paper drafts and final paper written during the second third of the course, the final essay exam takes place towards the end of the semester followed by panel presentations of research paper findings at the end of the course. Short writing assignments in relation to the readings are done throughout the course.
TAs are selected based on their familiarity with the course topic. We norm for all assignments by meeting and grading the same essay or paper. TAs are provided with a grading guideline by me. We norm until their is standardization of expectation for content. I review a selected portion of the TAs grading before returning the papers to students.

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Additional Comments

10.21.16: [submitted on behalf of instructor]
Lina Trigos Carrillo (trigoscarrillol) (Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:45:17 GMT): 11/21/2016 CWP contacted faculty requesting more detailed information on writing assignments.
Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (Thu, 22 Dec 2016 22:36:18 GMT): I have added SOCIOL 3520W, 01 to the Spring 2017 schedule of classes and cancelled the regular section of SOCIOL 3520, 01 for spring. The students who were enrolled in SOCIOL 3520, 01 have been moved to the new section of SOCIOL 3520W. This class was crosslisted with PEA_ST 3520, 01. I have also added PEA_ST 3520W, 01 and cancelled the regular section of PEA_ST 3520, 01 and moved the students.
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