SOC 276: Families and GlobalizationInstructor: GUIDELINES FOR REACTION PAPERS1. If you opt out the service learning project, you will be required to complete one reaction paper usingrecent research articles in social sciences on a topic that interests you the most. The topic must be relevant tothe theme of families and globalization. To accomplish this task, you need to locate at least three fullfledged, peer-reviewed research articles (usually at least 10 pages long) on the same topic published inacademic journals in fields of social sciences. Then you summarize the main ideas/arguments/researchfindings. The summary will be followed by your critique. The central issues you are expected to address arethe extent to which you think the arguments raised in those readings resonate with the lives of peopleaccording to your personal observations and experiences, the contributions they have made in understandingthe aspect of the family you are examining, and the issues that are left unattended, and any need to beaddressed in the future. In other words, if you think that those readings you review are good, then write yourreview on why you think they are good, or why they are not so good if you disagree with them. Draw onwhat you have learned from this as well as from other course to formulate your arguments. I expect yourown sociological insights to be reflected in your paper, which will serve as a strong indicator of how muchyou have gained from this course. To assist you to organize your thoughts, I have come up with someguidelines you might consider in constructing your paper, as listed below:A. B. C. Select a well-focused topic (e.g. parent-child relations in a Somalia immigrant community).Give an appropriate title for your paper, the one that highlights the theme. Then summarizethe readings through integrating the main ideas (e.g. the issues addressed, findings,similarities/disputes in arguments or findings, etc.). When you do so, integrate them acrossthe articles (e.g. find commonalities, note differences if any, etc). Do not summarize themarticle-by-article, which would break the coherence of and connections among the thoughts inthe readings that share the common themes. Please try to avoid quoting the articles in ashort essay like this unless it is absolutely necessary; use your own words in summarizing themain ideas of the articles as a way to show the extent to which you understand them.Review the reading material. Consider some of the following questions: In what ways are thepoints valid or plausible? Does the evidence given in the material lead to the author(s)’sconclusion? What contributions do you think the authors have made in understanding theissue you are examining? What issues are left unattended? Or in which way do you think thearticles are misleading? How do your family experiences or observations support or disagreewith the readings? What questions need to be resolved in social research in order to enhanceour understanding of the issue? Don’t just say that a certain argument does not makesense to the world you live in. Give your accounts and reasoning from the sociologicalperspective.The format and the grading policy is discussed as follows: Format1. Each paper must have (1) title, (2) summary of the articles, and (3) your critique, and (4) bibliography(see item #6 for the details).2. Integrate the ideas/arguments/research findings across the articles (i.e. find commonalities, note thedifferences if any, etc). Do not summarize the main points article by article. 1 3. The paper must be typed, double-spaced with the font size of 10 or 12 points and the margin of one inchon each side of the sheet. Clarity/articulateness and conciseness in expression, and good grammar andsentence structure are expected. PROOFREAD.4. Citation is required if the ideas you have used are from the readings (e.g. Some studies (Smith, 1989)also found that…).5. All quotations must be enclosed in quotation marks, with the indication of the source and the pagenumber from which they are taken (e.g. Thomas (1938:678) argues: “If a man define the situation as real,then he is real in his consequences.”)6. Acceptable length is 4-6 pages, excluding the bibliography.7. You need to provide the bibliography by either footnoting or end-noting them (e.g. Sassler, S. 2004. Theprocess of entering into cohabiting relationships. Journal of Marriage and Family, 66, 491-505). DoNOT introduce the entire reference item within the text.8. Do not introduce the entire reference item within the text.Grading PolicyYour grade is based on five criteria:1. Format (15%).2. Relevance, focus, and Coverage (30%). Your subject should be picked from those covered in the area ofthe family, stay focused on the theme throughout your writing, adequately cover all the reading materialsin summary part, and analyze them from the sociological points of view, or through a comparative lenswith views from other fields (e.g. biology).3. Analytical depth (25%). Your sociological (vis-à-vis personal, or value-laden) understanding of theissue(s) in question must be reflected in your analysis. If you disagree on sociological perspectives,criticize it with your expertise in other fields. In any event, do not just describe a social phenomenon ortell a story. Make a point.4. Logic/organizational work and conciseness (20%). Your paper should be organized in a logical way. Payattention to the connections of the ideas and the development of thoughts in prior research. The transitionfrom one idea to another should be smooth. Be concise.5. Late papers will be docked 10% for each day it is late.The paper is due 12/15.There are two sample papers available on D2L for your reference.Let me know if you have problems or need clarifications. Good luck! 2
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