SO306 Writing for Social Sciences

for U1B 2011

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SO 306 Writing for Social Sciences


U1B 2011 BL


Cristina Solis Sanchez


Professor of Sociology/ Adjunct Faculty


Associates in Psychology
Bachelors in Psychology
Masters in Sociology

Office Hours

By appointment only.

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

Monday, May 30, 20011- Sunday, July 24, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours



Publication manual of the American psychological association (6th ed.). (2010). Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association.  ISBN 13:978-1-4338-0561-5 or ISBN 10:1-4338-0561-8

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Course Description:
SO 306 Writing for Social Sciences: Course emphasizes translating social sciences jargon and research findings into clear and appropriate language for a variety of common consumers of social science results, including professional, practitioner, and lay audiences. Topics also include APA style, conducting a literature review and evaluating sources, balances and complete presentation, and professional authorial voice. Common forms of social science writhing, such as research proposal, data summaries, and research reports are introduced. This course will satisfy the EN 306 requirements for Sociology and Social Psychology.3:0:3 Prerequisites: SO 141 or PS101 or other introductory social science course ;(SO 220 recommended), EN 105, EN 106, passing the WTC and 60 accumulated hours.

Educational Philosophy:

It is my belief that everyone in the classroom is responsible for their own work and grade. Everyone will be treated equally and with fairness. It is important for me that every students understands the material as well as the assignments in order to succeed. It is my responsibility to answer your questions and concerns regarding the class as much as it is your reasonability to let me know of them. Together we can make sure that this semester is a success for all.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Compare and contrast writing styles and research methods.
  2. Understand the specific functions and forms of social science research.
  3. Identify and utilize viable primary sources relevant to research topics.
  4. Utilize APA manual as a reference when writing social science papers.
  5. Learn correct form and formatting of manuscripts for publication.
Class Assessment:

Each student will be responsible for the reading assignments. Each student must submit each assignment through eCompanion. The Term Paper must be submitted through eCompanion as well as a hard copy the last day of class.Reading the book is not sufficient for passing this class. I highly recommend students to take notes and ask questions during class.

For this class there will be a Midterm and a Final Exam. This will consist of multiple choice as well as short answer questions.

There will be seven writting assignments in total including the Term Paper. Guidelines for each assignment will be provided in class. Each paper must be in APA format. Each assignment is design to help the student learn, understand, and apply what is being thought in the classroom.

Participation and attendance in class will be counted as one.


Participation 5 A= 100-90 points
"One Side" 5 B= 80-89 points
"Other Side" 5 C= 70-79 points
Summeries 5 D= 60-69 points
Midterm 20 F= lower than 59 points
Literature Review 5
Abstract 5
Sources/ Rough Draft 5
Presentation 5
Term Paper 20
Final Exam 20
Total : 100 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments turned in late will be penalized. Each day the assignment is late you will lose 1 point. Absence from class does not excuse students from turning in assignments, as they will submit assignments through eCompanion. If you know you will have a scheduling issue, please plan for that and make arrangements to submit your assignments early. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please do not be late to class or miss class.
Do not use cell phones during class time, this includes texting.
Do not be disrespectful towards other students thoughts, opinions, or believes.
We are all adults and there for I expect everyone to behave as one.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:



Course Topic


Due Date


June 03

Ch.1 Writing for the Behavioral and Social Sciences

"One Side"

June 10


June 10

Ch.2 Manuscript Structure and Content

"Other Side"

June 17


June 17

Ch.3 Writing Clearly and Concisely


June 24


June 24

Midterm, Ch.4 The Mechanics of Style

Literature Review

July 01


July 01

Ch.5 Displaying Results


July 08


July 08

Ch.6 Crediting Sources

Sources/ Rough Draft

July 15


July 15

Ch.8 The Publication Process/ Presentations

Term Paper

July 22


July 22

Final Exam



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Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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