Each week, several new topics will be posted that are directly related to the textbook readings and the course content for each week. All discussion posts are aligned with Textbook Chapters. For example, Discussion Post #1 corresponds to Chapter #1 of the textbook, etc. These topics will be placed on the Etudes system under "Discussion posts" or you can click through to them using the CourseMap.
Please provide a total of two replies/comments (5 pts. each) FOR EACH CHAPTER ASSIGNED as follows:
- Post ONE REPLY (minimum - you can do more) to one of these discussion topics posted.
- Post a SECOND REPLY to one of your fellow student's posts and submit a thoughtful reaction/response to their ideas.
The final discussion post will only be one question and will allow you to reflect on the course Please refer to the COURSE MAP on eTudes for specific opening and closing dates and times.
LENGTH OF POSTS
A suggested "rule of thumb" for discussion post length would be a paragraph of about 3-5 sentences. While there is no minimum or maximum length, just make sure your ideas are thoughtful and demonstrate that your are:
- Employing your sociological imagination.
- Taking a "value-free" approach to exploring human behavior from a sociological perspective.
- More "academic" and less "conversational" in your idea articulation.
- Demonstrating knowledge of the topic as it relates to what you are learning from the textbook/lecture podcasts, etc.
Even though there are no large papers assigned for this course, this is your chance to develop your critical thinking and writing skills, while also being given the opportunity to take into account some of the other ideas and how they can support or deconstruct your own ideologies. Please write with a formal academic tone as opposed to one that is purely conversational.
Late posts with NOT be accepted.