Public Sociology Blog

Public Sociology Blog

Points possible: 10 (10% of final grade)

Late assignments: Accepted for one week after the due date, for a 10% grade deduction

Description

Take your sociological research project public: write a blog entry to raise awareness about your issue and/or get your readers to take some sort of social action related to your social issue.

Submission

We will use the website Medium (Links to an external site.). Your entry will be part of our class publication. You’ll submit your assignment by publishing it in our class publication on Medium (you won’t submit it on Canvas). Keep in mind that I won’t know that your assignment has been completed unless you submit it to our class publication (see the module content for details about how to do this).  

Note: Your post will not show up in the class publication immediately.  I will have to officially “accept” it to the publication before it’s visible on the site.  If you submit in the evening, this probably won’t happen until the following morning.

Length

Your blog entry should be readable in 2–5 minutes (according to the Medium estimate).

Images/Media

I encourage you to take full advantage of this format by incorporating images, links, etc.

Responses 

After posting your own story, you’ll comment on others’ posts and respond to comments on yours.  These will be posted as separate assignments.

Audience

Your (real) audience for this assignment is the general public. While your classmates and I will be the primary people reading your blog entry, anyone visiting Medium will be able to read and comment. You should regard each of us (classmates, public, and me) as intelligent potential participants in a conversation about your sociological issue.

Since your audience is not limited to sociologists and/or academics, you should write this in a way that is accessible to people who don’t fall into those groups (i.e., don’t use lots of specialized sociological jargon that requires college coursework in sociology to understand).

Learning Objectives

This assignment is designed to advance the following learning objectives:

Module-specific Student Learning Objectives

  • Implement skills learned in previous modules related to concision and clarity
  • Assess the effectiveness of images and other media to enhance writing
  • Apply appropriate citation standards for non-academic formats
  • Effectively navigate the technical requirements for posting writing online
  • Engage in public sociology by producing a blog post about a social issue, using effective skills for engaging a general audience

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Produce discipline-specific written work that demonstrates upper-division proficiency in language use, grammar, and clarity of expression
  • Explain, analyze, develop, and criticize ideas effectively, including ideas encountered in multiple readings and expressed in different forms of discourse
  • Organize and develop essays and documents for both professional and general audiences
  • Organize and develop essays and documents according to appropriate editorial and citation standards
  • Locate, organize, and synthesize information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose and to communicate that purpose in writing

Rubric

Public Sociology Blog

Public Sociology Blog
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSociological Issue Clearly Conveyed
1.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEffective, Specific Appeal to Audience
1.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting Style Appropriate for Blog Format
1.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEffective Choices Related to Design/Visuals/Non-written Content
1.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMaintains Ethical Standards, Giving Credit to All Sources (Text & Non-text) in Appropriate Format
1.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar & Mechanics
1.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFollowed Submission Instructions/Technical Details
0.5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSubstantive; Credible Info. to Develop Discussion & Back up Claims
1.5 pts

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