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paper and must include the name of the book you are using (do not put the name of a book in quotes, it should be underlined), and a clearly stated thesis or list of the theory(ies) you will be using in the paper (this section can be as dramatic as you choose to make it); 2. an analysis section [four to seven pages]--this entails a one-to-one correspondence between the theory(ies) and the book, starting with a brief definition of the theory in your own words, followed by your choice of a corresponding aspect, character, or scene from the book that serves as a clear illustration of the theory (you may find more than one). You may use quotes to enhance your point but make them very brief, indented, and single-spaced. Make no mistake, you must use at least one sociological theory covered in class; while outside theory must be cited and included in a bibliography. You should use from at least one to no more than three theories in your paper. With too many theories your theoretical arguments become brief and lacking in intellectual depth or thoroughness. Remember to refer back to theory after each illustration. This is, after all, a theoretical analysis; and 3. a critique or evaluation section [no more than a page and a half]--this section can also be as dramatic as you choose to make it and must entail a personal opinion of the book, the task, or both--it is not meant to be a summary of what you have already written. Please DO NOT use a cover page; simply type your name and class information in the upper left hand corner of the first page. Please do not use a bibliography page unless you cite from sources other than your books. Please DO NOT use any kind of folder. PROOFREAD!! Poor grammar, spelling, etc… will suffer a grade reduction. Also watch font and margin space. Keep font to no more than 12pt (except Courier New) and margins to no more than 1 inch on each side. Your grade will be reduced for large font and margins.

Other Quizzes, Assignments, and Miscellaneous Information…

I reserve the right to give quizzes and/or assignments as needed when I feel discussion of reading and general discussion is diminishing and/or when attendance drops. If I call on more than two students in the class to discuss a given reading, and these students are unable to discuss the reading because they have not completed the reading, I may give the entire class a quiz and/or I may give the students who have failed to complete the reading an assignment. If quizzes or assignments are given, they will count toward your final grade. Attendance, which will be taken regularly, and class participation are also considered significant to your grade.


Jonathan Kozol. 1995. Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation. New York: Crown

Publishers, Inc. Bernard Lefkowitz. 1998. Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb. New York:

Vintage Books. Alex Thio. 1998. Deviant Behavior. New York: Addison Wesley. Chapters 1-3. These readings will be on the Reserve

Readings website.

Reserve readings can be found using the Marriott Library website which is http://www.lib.utah.edu/. When you get to this site, look to the right hand side on the bottom and you will find the My.Utah.edu Student Portal. Login using your uNID and your password. Once you are logged in, on the left hand menu, click on the Academics option that has a little symbol of a graduation cap. Then, in the middle column under My Courses, you should see all the courses for which you have registered for the current semester. You should find Sociology 3560-001. Underneath that you should find Course Reserves. You can click on Course Reserves and it will bring up all the readings for the course.


7 Feb: Exam #1 2 Mar: Critical Analysis Paper #1 4 Apr: Critical Analysis Paper #2 3 May: Final Exam

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