SO 306 Writing for Social Sciences
S2T 2012 DLA
Klem, Pamela R.
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Prior to taking this course, you must have successfully completed SO141 or PS101 (or other introductory social science course); in addition, SO220 is recommended.
APA (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, American Psychological Association.
APA (2009). Mastering APA Style: Student's Workbook and Training Guide, American Psychological Association (paper).
Strunk & White (2000). The Elements of Style, 4th edition, Boston: Allyn & Bacon (paper). ISBN: 020530902X
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Final Exam - The final exam will consist of a combination of multiple choice and short essay questions that focus on key concepts and skills relevant to professional writing in the social sciences.
Developmental Essays – Development essays will be integrated throughout the course to provide an opportunity to practice professional writing in a variety of contexts.
1. "Balanced presentation" essay: develop a dialogue between the two positions of your controversial topic, incorporating only the very best reasons and evidence.
2. Literature review of two articles: Select two articles presenting original research on your topic (from the approved lists) and write a careful evaluation and comparison of their methods, findings, and analyses.
3. Research summary for two audiences: Social science writing is often targeted as different audiences, each having their own language and level of technical competence. Incorporate material from the “balanced presentation” essay and the “literature review” essay for two audiences: the general lay audience and professionals/practitioners in the field that would use this research in their work.
(4) Development essays - 30 points each
(7) Discussions - 10 points each
(6) Mastery quizzes - 5 points each
Class Presentation (including peer responses)
Topic, Title, & Reference Page (week one assignment)
90% and higher
432 points and higher
80% - 89%
384 – 431 points
70% - 79%
336 – 383 points
60% - 69%
288 – 335 points
59% and lower
287 points and lower
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late materials will only be accepted with written permission of the instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
· Course interaction – Students are responsible for checking email, monitoring online discussion threads, and reading all course announcements on a regular basis. Online instructors will use email, discussion threads, and/or announcements to communicate important course information.
· Submission of electronic assignments - Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch in cyberspace won't erase your efforts. When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word, RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats.
You are expected to actively participate in this course. All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course. What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism. For more information, see writing online at http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette at http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.
The following overview provides some guidelines to assist you in planning your coursework and scheduling the major learning activities in the course:
o Strunk & White, Chapter 1
o Mastering APA Style
o Strunk & White, Chapter 2
o APA Manual
o Strunk & White, Chapter 3
o Strunk & White, Chapter 4
o Strunk & White, Chapter 5
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