Final Paper and Presentation Assignment: Sociological Review of a Book about Family Life
In this course you will work either individually or with a one collaborator to write a paper that reviews and critically assess a book related to family life through research and analysis applying a sociological perspective. This resource provides an excellent guide for developing a critical review, and serves as a basis for this assignment.
The book should be non-fiction, and preferably an academic book that covers content related to family life. You are free to choose the book you want to write about but should discuss the book with your professor as you choose it, to be sure it will fit the assignment well.
While the paper is expected to demonstrate a thorough and precise critical analysis of the book, the length of the final paper is relatively brief: 1,000-1,250 words for individuals or 1,250-1,500 words for groups. The final paper should make concise but effective arguments. The project is scaffolded into separate stages and time will be given during several class meetings for students to develop their project.
The final review paper will:
Steps of Assignment
This project is scaffolded into a few steps. Working through each of these steps will help create a solid presentation and paper. Students will receive feedback from the professor and peers on each of these pieces and will have several opportunities to revise their work throughout the project. The assignments and their proportional value to the overall assignment grade is as follows:
The presentation component of this project is designed as a means for you to explain your critical review paper to an interested audience. The presentation should directly reflect the work you have already done towards this paper. The following are the parts that should constitute your oral presentation. 15 minutes will be allotted for each presentation. The presentations should be about 10 minutes in length, with about 3 minutes for questions from the class. The following are important aspects of the presentation: