SO306 Writing for Social Sciences

for S2QQ 2013

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SO 306 Writing for Social Sciences


S2QQ 2013 HI


Drake, Sara M.


Adjunct Psychology


Bachelor of Science, Psychology
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Semester Dates

March 18- May 12 2013

Class Days


Class Time

7:30 - 10:15 PM


SO 141 or PS 101, EN 105, EN 106, Passing WCT, Accumulated minimum 60 hrs

Credit Hours


American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. New York: American Psychological Association. ISBN 9781433805615 American Psychological Association (2009). Mastering APA Style: Student’s Workbook and Training Guide. New York: American Psychological Association. ISBN 9781433805578 Strunk, W. & White, E. B. (1999). Elements of Style, 4th edition. New York: Longman. ISBN 020530902X

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Course Description:
SO306 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:
This instructor's philosophy is one of interactive exchange with students by presenting the course material in a way that is clearly understood by each student to the extent that they can see how this learning applies to their academic lives. This will be based on lectures on course material from the book for which the student will be expected to demonstrate competency in skills. The instructor will also employ readings, in class projects, papers, videos, and other resources as applicable.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Apply APA formatting to academic writing.
  2. 2. Critically analyze social sciences sources used in writing.
  3. 3. Effectively gather, evaluate, and communicate social science concepts in writing.
Class Assessment:
Homework (x7 at 10pts each) = 70 pts
Short Essays (x7 at 20 pts each) = 140 pts
Quizzes (x3 at 20 pts each) = 60 pts
Participation = 30 pts
Homework will be assigned from Mastering APA Style
Short essays: 350-750 words in APA style
Quizzes: 20 multiple choice questions

90 - 100% = A, 80 - 89% = B, 70 - 79% = C, 60 - 69% = D, below 60 = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Quizzes must be taken per the schedule on the syllabus unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor. Essays are expected on time and late submission of essays will result in a loss of 5 pts per day.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Students will be expected to treat others with respect. 2. Students will be familiar with each chapter prior to discussion and have at least one question ready for in class discussion. 3. Students will participate in every class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date   Readings Assignment
Mar 18 Publication Manual Chapter 1
Mar 22 Homework #1
Mar 25 Publication Manual Chapter 2, 3 Homework #2
Mar 27 Essay # 1
Apr 1 Strunk and White Section I-III Homework #3; Quizz #1
Apr 3 Essay # 2
Apr 8 Publication Manual Chapter 4 Homework #4
Apr 10 Essay #3
Apr 15 Strunk and White Section IV-V Homework #5
Apr 17 Essay # 4
Apr 22 Publication Manucal Chapter 5 Homework #6; Quiz #2
Apr 24 Essay #5
Apr 29 Publication Manual Chapter 6, 7 Homework #7
May 1 Essay #6
May 6 Publication Manual Chapter 8 Quiz #3
May 8 Essay #7

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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