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Proposal Type

Writing Intensive

Contact Information

eas6k4
Erin
Small
eas6k4@mail.missouri.edu
573/882-1798
Campus Writing Program
Are you submitting this proposal on behalf of an instructor?
Yes
Instructor for whom you are submitting proposal:
browneric
Eric
Brown
browneric@missouri.edu
573/882-8217
Sociology
Subject Area’s Department Chair/Director:
ciscojo
Jonathan
Cisco
CiscoJo@missouri.edu
573/884-6221
Campus Writing Program

Term for Proposal

 
Fall 2016

Course Catalog Information

A&S
Sociology (SOCIOL)
Sociology
4970W
3
 
30
Senior Seminar - Writing Intensive
Integrates perspectives, methods, substantive foci of undergraduate courses. Analysis of sociology as a discipline and profession. Discussion of opportunities for graduate study, employment.
 
Lecture/Standard
A-F (allow student to choose S/U option)
SOCIOL 2950 and SOCIOL 3100 and senior sociology major.
 
 
 

Instructor Information

browneric
Eric
Brown
browneric@missouri.edu
573/882-8217
Sociology
(numbers only)
Tenured Associate Professor
330 Middlebush Hall
 
 

The Campus Writing Program conducts a two-day faculty workshop to assist with the design and implementation of your writing intensive course. Once your course proposal has been approved by the Campus Writing Program, you will receive information on time, date and location of the workshop.
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Honors Course Information

 
 
Answer the questions below as they would apply to one section. For all other sections, provide similar information in the Additional Sections Information box below.
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Writing Intensive Course Information

The capstone seminar is designed exclusively for sociology majors. It is a writing intensive seminar that serves as the culmination of undergraduate study. As such, the course material will examine and extend important aspects of what has been learned in the sociology major. We will review what it means to have a sociological perspective. We will discuss ethical issues within social science and assess the application of sociological knowledge in the academy, public policy, the workplace, civic activities, and in private life. Students will consider how sociology can provide insights about social issues and problems and make use of the knowledge they have gained as sociology majors through research papers. This course provides preparation for entering the job market and/or graduate school, including the construction of cover letters, resumes, and graduate applications. This course is not part of a multi-course sequence.
 
Face-to-face
Self paced?

 
20
Should this course be considered for funding?

Large Enrollment Courses:
 
 
 

Writing Intensive Assignments

Pages
all assignments
Research Paper 20-25 pages 3 drafts = 60-75 pages students and professor evaluate
In-class writing assignment (1-2 pages) students and professor evaluate
Analytic Exercise on Berger reading due (1-2 pages) professor evaluates
Research Paper "Prospectus" due (1-2 pages) students and professor evaluate
Analytical Exercise on News Event Due (1-2) Pages professor evaluates
Analytic Exercise on Job Advertisements (1-2 pages) professor evaluates
Sociological Autobiography Due (2 copies) students and professor evaluate
Resumes and Cover Letters Due students and professor evaluateq
Length of assignment:
37
students and professor
50
students and professor
87

Total pages for all assignments:
First drafts:
37.00
Revisions:
50.00
87.00
 

Writing Intensive Teaching

Instructor provided feedback
Peer review
 
1) Students will evaluate other students written work in one to one exchange.
2) Students will evaluate other students written work in small group exchange.
3) Students will evaluate class presentations of written work as a group.
The research paper will be a topic chosen by each student and thus "open to interpretation" but based on sociological evidence. In class writing assignments on a common topic and other analytical exercises will be open to interpretation, as such.
I am enclosing some material below from the previous syllabus (2008) when I last taught the course.
SECTION I
SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE

Sociology: Consciousness, Origins, and Imagination

Wednesday, January 30
In-class writing assignment

Friday, February 1
Mills, "The Promise" (Ch. 1)

Monday, February 4
*Berger, "Sociology as a Form of Consciousness"

Wednesday, February 6
*Giddens, "Sociology: Issues and Problems"

Values, Ethics, and Objectivity

Friday, February 8
*Charon, "Are Human Beings FreeY"

Monday, February 11
*Weber, "Science as a Vocation"
Analytic Exercise on Berger reading due (1-2 pages)

Wednesday, February 13
*Gouldner, "Anti-Minotaur: The Myth of a Value-Free Sociology"

Biography and Career

Friday, February 15
*DuBois, reading TBA

Monday, February 18
*Giddens, "Life and Intellectual Career"
Research Paper "Prospectus" due (1-2 pages)

Critical Approaches to the Craft of Sociology

Wednesday, February 20
Mills, "Grand Theory" (Ch. 2)

Friday, February 22
Mills, "Abstracted Empiricism" (Ch. 3)

Monday, February 25
Mills, "On Intellectual Craftsmanship" (Appendix)

SECTION II
RESEARCH PAPERS - SEGMENT I: METHODS REVIEW

Wednesday, February 27
Cuba, Chs. 1-2
*Ragin, "The Process of Social Research"

Friday, February 29
Cuba, Chs. 4-5 & 6
No Class Meeting

Monday, March 3
Student Presentations: Literature Review/Research Question & Significance

Wednesday, March 5
Student Presentations: Literature Review/Research Question & Significance

Friday, March 7
Student Presentations: Literature Review/Research Question & Significance

Monday, March 10
First Draft of the Segment I Paper Due
Peer Review Workshop: Segment I of the Research Paper

Wednesday, March 12
Student Presentations: Literature Review/Research Question & Significance

Friday, March 14
Student Presentations: Literature Review/Research Question & Significance

Monday, March 17
Student Presentations: Literature Review/Research Question & Significance

Wednesday, March 19
Second Draft of Segment I Paper Due
Discussion of Questions and Problems Thus Far

Friday, March 21
No Class Meeting

Monday, March 24
Spring Break Holiday

Wednesday, March 26
Spring Break Holiday

Friday, March 28
Spring Break Holiday

SECTION III
RESEARCH PAPERS - SEGMENT II: THEORETICAL FRAMING

Monday, March 31
*Article TBA

Wednesday, April 2
Cuba, Chs. 7-8
Analytical Exercise on News Event Due (1-2) Pages

Friday, April 4
No Class Meeting

Monday, April 7
Student Presentations: Theory/Methods/Analysis/Findings

Wednesday, April 9
Student Presentations: Theory/Methods/Analysis/Findings

Friday, April 11
Student Presentations: Theory/Methods/Analysis/Findings

Monday, April 14
First Draft of the Segment II Paper Due
Peer Review Workshop: Segment II of the Research Paper


Wednesday, April 16
Student Presentations: Theory/Methods/Analysis/Findings

Friday, April 18
Student Presentations: Theory/Methods/Analysis/Findings

Monday, April 21
Student Presentations: Theory/Methods/Analysis/Findings

Wednesday, April 23
Student Presentations: Theory/Methods/Analysis/Findings

Friday, April 25
Second Draft of the Segment II Paper Due
Discussion of Questions and Problems Thus Far

Monday, April 28
No Class Meeting


SECTION IV
APPLYING SOCIOLOGY: CAREER, CIVIC LIFE, AND PRIVATE LIFE

Wednesday, April 30
Analytic Exercise on Job Advertisements (1-2 pages)

Friday, May 2
Sociological Autobiography Due (2 copies)

Monday, May 5

Bring in Resumes and Graduate Applications and Cover Letters for Peer Review

Conclusion of the Course

Wednesday, May 7

Sociology Exit Survey
Resumes and Cover Letters Due

Monday, May 12

Final Research Paper is due at 330 Middlebush by 5:00 PM (3 Copies).


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Grad students in sociology are used to grading written assignments including term papers and essay exams. I will meet with the grad student give them the syllabus ahead of time and explain in detail the nature of the written assignments and their role in the course in terms of giving written and verbal feedback and evaluating some of the assignments.

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