SO306 Writing for Social Sciences

for S1H 2013

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SO 306 Writing for Social Sciences


S1H 2013 BU


Barbara Hunt, M.A.


Adjunct Instructor


M.A. Counseling
B.A. Sociology

Office Location


Office Hours

Immediately before or after class

Daytime Phone

(843) 263-6906


Semester Dates

January 14 - March 10, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM


SO141 or PS101 (or other introductory social science course);

Credit Hours


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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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 writing, 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 WCT and 60 accumulated hours.

Educational Philosophy:
The philosophy of this instructor is to encourage each student to become involved in the learning process through lively classroom discussions and interaction with readings, lectures and assignments.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate competency with APA style.
  2. Conduct a literature review of original social science research reports or articles.
  3. Translate social scientific findings for various audiences.
  4. Assess and edit social scientific writing.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to write for designated venues and lengths.
  6. Formulate balanced and well-supported arguments using social science findings.
Class Assessment:
Mastery Quizzes - there will be two mastery quizzes taken from the Mastering APA Style textbook.

Discussion Papers- there will be two discussion papers: one will be a literature review comparing and evaluating two articles and the other will be a research summary written for two totally different audiences - professionals and lay people.

Core Assessment Term Paper - periodic checks will be required to ensure the paper is in compliance with the APA format we are studying. Emphasis will be given to the correct citing of references.

    Discussion/Class Participation - Attendance and active participation in class activities is expected. Points: 200

    Mastery Quizzes - There will be two quizess. One hundred points each. Total points: 200

    Discussion Papers - Two discussion papers each worth 100 points. Total points 200

    Mid-term and Final Exam - Points 100 each. Total points: 200

    Core Assessment Paper - Points: 200 

    Total Points: 1000

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are expected to be turned in on time or the grade will drop by one full grade for each class it is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Arrive and leave on time.

Be respectful of others opinions and ideas.
Advise the instructor of any classes you will miss in advance.
Turn off cell phones.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Date                                Topic

Jan. 15 Introduction to class, syllabus. Ch. 1 Publication Manual. Choose Topic for paper.

Jan. 17 Chapter 1 in Elements of Style. 
Jan. 22              Chapter 2 Publication Manual; first paper due

Jan. 24 Chapter 2 Elements of Style

Jan. 29 Chapter 3 Publication Manual; first mastery quiz

Jan. 31 Chapter 3 Elements of Style; Review for mid-term

Feb. 5 Midterm

Feb. 7 Chapter 4 Publication Manual

Feb. 12 Chapter 4 Elements of Style

Feb. 14 Chapter 5 Publication Manual; second mastery quiz

Feb. 19 Chapter 5 Elements of Style

Feb. 21 Chapter 6 Publication Manual

Feb. 26 Chapter 7 Publication Manual; second paper due

Feb. 28 Chapter 8 Publication Manual

Mar. 5 Core Assessment due; 
Mar. 7 Final exam

Academic Honesty:
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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
Consistent attendance is expect. Please advise the instructor in advance if you will be absent.

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