sociologie assignment part 2

Writing Assignment (Part 2): Outline and Preliminary List of ReferencesDue Week 5 and worth 100 points

Complete the outline after you have done library / Internet research for evidence that bears on your hypothesis.  Provide information about all of the following components of the final paper: 

1. Specific Hypothesis. 

2. Applicable Sociological Concepts.

3. Practical Implications. Discuss the value of sociological research into your issue.  Determine whether or not there are (or would be) practical implications of sociological inquiry into this issue. 

  1. Evidence. This is the most important part of the paper. Analyze  at least two (2) lines of evidence that pertain to the hypothesis that you are evaluating.  Does the evidence support your hypothesis? For each type of evidence, consider possible biases and alternative interpretations. 
  2. Conclusions. Draw conclusions based on the evidence that you have discovered. Does the evidence confirm or refute your hypothesis? Is the evidence sufficiently convincing to draw firm conclusions about your hypothesis?

For example, here is a generic example of what the headings of your possible outline might look like:

I. Specific Hypothesis.

II. Applicable Sociological Concepts.

a. Theory A

b. Concept 1

c. Concept 2

III. Practical Implications. 

a. Implications for public policy

 i. Education

 ii. Taxes

b. Implications for employers

c. Implications for spouses of workaholics

  1. Evidence. 
    1. Line of evidence 1

 i. The evidence and what it means

 ii. Possible biases

 iii. Alternative explanations of what it means.

  1. Line of evidence 2

 i. The evidence and what it means

 ii. Possible biases

  1. Conclusion(s):  All available evidence refutes the hypothesis, but there are alternative explanations. 


Baker, A. & Abel, E (2005)  Villagers reject modern attitudes about car washing. International Journal of Sociology, 11, 12-57.  Retrieved from EBSCO-Host. 

Doe, J.  (2010, April 1)  Villagers retain traditional attitudes despite bombardment with western television. The New York Times.  Retrieved from

Steiner, H. (2012, January 4)  Revolt against local ordinances in the village. Time Magazine. pp. 14-15.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; references must follow APA format. 

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Evaluate the various methodologies for sociological research.
  • Apply the sociological perspective to a variety of socioeconomic and political problems.
  • Critically examine how society shapes individuals and how individuals shape society.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in sociology.
  • Write clearly and concisely about sociology using proper writing mechanics.

grading rubric

A hypothesis suitable for this exercise is stated in a clear and logical manner.

Outline completely and correctly identifies sociological concepts and terminology.

Outline completely and correctly identifies value of sociological research on the issue. Outline completely and correctly determines whether or not there are (or would be) practical implications of sociological inquiry into this issue.

Outline thoroughly identifies a line of evidence and relevant biases or alternative explanations.

Outline thoroughly identifies at least one (1) additional line of evidence and relevant biases or alternative explanations.

Outline shows conclusions that logically follow from the evidence provided.

Minimum of three (3) references and the quality of references is good.

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