General Sociology Project

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SOCIOLOGY PROJECTS – Semester 2 / 2004-2005

Here is a list of project ideas that you may select from to satisfy your project requirements. Project Path students must do three different types of projects during the semester (e.g., a poster, a piece of artwork, and a book report). This list is not meant to limit you. If you have an original idea, or if one of these ideas gives you another idea, let me know and we will discuss it!

SERVICE LEARNING: You may develop a service learning project that relates to any topic in the class and receive project credit PLUS credit toward your 24 hours of community service. The project must be something new that you begin during this semester. Write an essay of at least two pages explaining what you did and what you learned from the experience. Provide a copy of your documentation to verify the service learning project and the amount of time you spent volunteering.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR PROJECTS

Although you will be given a great deal of freedom regarding your projects, some guidelines will be in place. In general, these guidelines can be adjusted, but you must check with me prior to beginning the project (note this on the project proposal form). Each type of project has a unique rubric to guide you.

ReportsReports must focus on stated subjects or be approved. Reports must be original (in student’s words), well organized (introduction, thesis, and conclusion), and be free from grammatical and spelling errors. At least two sources must be used and be fully cited. Reports should be 4 to 5 pages, double spaced, and typed in 12-point type. A first copy (handwritten or typed) must be used to edit and improve your report, and must be handed in with the final copy.

Presentations/Presentations should be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance and should Lessonslast between 10 and 20 minutes. At least one visual aid must be utilized. The presentation/lesson should be focused, organized, and interesting. This is not to be a reading of reports. This project may be done in groups of 2 to 4 students.

DebatesDebates should be done in the following format. An issue should be chosen and approved. No more than four people should be involved in a debate. Each side should write a “brief” on their position and exchange it with the other side. Each team will then use the briefs to prepare a rebuttal. Each team will get 5 minutes on their position and then will follow with a 3-minute rebuttal. The class will then vote for the side they believe has “won”.

Political CartoonsA student should use his or her art talent to the best of their ability; whereas you are not graded so much on the art itself, the drawing must be neat, clear, and done with care. The student must portray a political or social issue or a historical event in a unique, funny, or clever manner. The message or point must be clear. The cartoon should show that the cartoonist understands the concept. It should be done on a large piece of cardboard or other sturdy material and the use of color is highly recommended. Include a brief typed commentary as part of the board or on a separate piece of paper.

ArtAn original art piece that portrays a political or social issue or a historical even in a unique way, or in a particular style popular during the time identified. The artwork should show a student’s understanding of the concept and be created carefully to the best of the student’s ability. Poster ArtPoster art can include propaganda, advertisements, collages, large thematic maps, or schematic diagrams. Poster board should be used and color is required. Extensive artistic ability is not necessary for this project, but the project must be very neat and well organized (e.g., titles, captions, etc.). A computer, scanner, and copy machine may be used for this type of project. The project should demonstrate that the student has a working knowledge of the concept being presented....
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