Archive for March, 2018

For Monday, 9 April (SOC 1103 MW)

March 28, 2018

Prep

In Class

  • TBA

For Next Time

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For Wednesday, 3/28 (SOC 1103 MW)

March 26, 2018

Prep

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 8 (‘Dating and Mate Selection’); esp. Sections 8.3 (‘Meeting Others’), 8.4 (‘Why We Choose Each Other: Some Mate-Selection Theories’), and 8.5 (‘A Multicultural View of Mate Selection’)

Note: We had to drop the excerpts from Sex at Dawn, a speculative and brilliantly provocative book on the evolution of our sexuality, but I will probably make reference to some of these ideas in the future, perhaps even tomorrow. Here are the links again in case you have time and the inclination to check them out:

Again, the link above is optional reading. You might also check out this TED talk by one of the authors, which summarizes many of the central ideas.

In Class

  • Discussion: Sex, Dating, & Mate Selection
  • Review: Midterm

For Next Time

  • The midterm is now due by 11:59pm on Sunday, 1 April. That’s no April Fool’s joke.
  • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813), Vol. I. Pride & Prejudice is widely available online for free. I think it’s a novel well worth owning, and the version I’ve ordered has the benefit of annotations to bridge some of those cultural and historical gaps in our understanding; but I can understand if you need to save a little dough. Just make sure you borrow a copy from the library or bring a tablet so that you’ll have ready access to the text in class.

 

For Saturday, 4/7 (SOC 1103 CN)

March 26, 2018

Prep

In Class

  • TBA

For Next Time

  • TBA

For Wednesday, 4/11 (SOC 303)

March 23, 2018

Prep

  • HW due: Class Participation Self-Evaluation Essay
    • While we’re at it, you might help me with a bit of mid-term feedback about your experience in the course thus far.

We’re still smack dab in the middle of sampling, so please review the relevant topics in Patten. You would do well to write out definitions for the different sampling methods in preparation for the upcoming lab. If you haven’t read the sampling chapter (Ch. 4) in the Fink book (and I suspect some of you haven’t!), then you should read that too. Happy Spring Break!

  • Patten (2014), Topic 27 (‘Sampling in Qualitative Research’)
  • Patten (2014), Topic 28 (‘Random Sampling’)
  • Patten (2014), Topic 29 (‘Other Methods of Sampling: I’)
  • Patten (2014), Topic 30 (‘Other Methods of Sampling: II’)
  • Patten (2014), Topic 31 (‘Sample Size’)

In Class

  • LAB: Exploring Sampling

For Next Time

  • HW: Design Your Sampling Strategy

For Next Monday, 3/26 (SOC 1103 MW)

March 23, 2018

Well, that snow day was pretty exciting, wasn’t it? We’ll just pick up where we should have on Wednesday. I want to go over a number of aspects of the midterm as well as the assigned readings; we may also have a colleague visiting, so Monday should be action-packed.

Note: Contrary to the last agenda, we won’t be reading about sex and evolutionary theory for Wednesday, 3/28; we’ll move on to Ch. 8 of the Benokraitis textbook (‘Dating & Mate Selection’) in order to set ourselves for a discussion of Jane Austen’s distinctive take on these very same subjects after the break.

Class Participation Self-Evaluation Essay: Help Yourself (to a Grade)!

March 23, 2018

There are always students who seem to think they’re entitled to a good grade because they really want a good grade, or because they need a good grade (to stay in school, to keep their financial aid, to get a good job, etc.). But earning a good grade is different from wanting or needing it. Even demonstrating want is more than a matter of simply telling me, so please don’t do that (it gets old): instead, come to class fully prepared, meaning that you’ve done the required reading and assignments and are ready to discuss them. Show, don’t tell.

In this assignment, you will carefully read the description of the class participation grade and the accompanying grade rubric along with the Ground Rules for Classroom Conduct. You will then write a brief essay (maximum word count: 1,000) in which you tell me what grade you think you deserve for your class participation, making careful reference to the description. Explain how your actions correspond to the expectations outlined in both the description and the rubric. Whenever possible, give specific examples. Format it as a Google Doc and paste a link to the document (note: make sure that anyone with the link can edit the document!) in the appropriate place on Blackboard (we’ll go over this in class). Remember to cite any source you quote, paraphrase, or otherwise refer to, and include a reference list. All citations should use ASA style.

In summary, you must read and make explicit reference (the more copious and detailed, the better) to the following required reading:

Size Matters!

Print your word count at the top of your essay. Your essay — that is, your introduction, body, and conclusion; your reference list, footnotes, endnotes, or any appendices don’t count here — should be no longer than 1,000 words. But it shouldn’t be much less than that, and I will consider the length of your essay as one indication of how much you actually want this grade; if you hand in a skimpy essay, that’s one good way to ensure that you get a lower class participation grade than the one you bargained for!

Further Reading

Weida, Stacey, and Karl Stolley. 2017. ‘Organizing Your Argument’Purdue Online Writing Lab. Presents a valuable recipe for connecting claims to supporting evidence and reasoning. It’s worth checking out related material on the OWL website, e.g., ‘Introductions, Body Paragraphs, and Conclusions for an Argument Paper’.

For Saturday, 3/24 (SOC 1103 CN)

March 20, 2018

Prep

  • Review Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 3 (‘The Family in Historical Perspective’). Focus on Section 3.1 (‘The Colonial Family’), the subsection of 3.2 that discusses African-American families, as well as Sections 3.3 (‘Industrialization, Urbanization, and European Immigration: 1820-1930’) and 3.5 (‘The Golden Fifties’).
  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 4 (‘Racial and Ethnic Families’)

I think I mentioned in class that I wanted you to review these chapters, since the movie took up so much of our time. But I’d also like you to read something new:

It’s long, but you can just skim it. I’ll be happy if  you’re at least able to identify the main argument of this essay. Please write down any questions about it that you’d like to discuss.

In Class

  • The Family in (Some) Historical Perspective
  • Q&A: Race and Ethnicity
  • Q&A: The Moynihan Report

For Next Class

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 5 (‘Socialization and Gender Roles’)
  • Film: Sex: Unknown

For Friday, 3/23 (SOC 303)

March 20, 2018

Prep

  • HW due: Administer and Analyse Your Survey
  • Fink, Ch. 4 (‘Sampling’)
  • Patten (2014), Topic 27 (‘Sampling in Qualitative Research’)
  • Patten (2014), Topic 28 (‘Random Sampling’)
  • Patten (2014), Topic 29 (‘Other Methods of Sampling: I’)
  • Patten (2014), Topic 30 (‘Other Methods of Sampling: II’)
  • Patten (2014), Topic 31 (‘Sample Size’)

This looks like a lot of reading, but the Fink chapter is the only thing that’s more than a couple of pages. You need to at least skim the reading above or it’s gonna be a loooooong lab for you on Friday!

In Class

  • Review: Validity and Reliability
  • Lab: Sample Size
  • Research Questions
  • For Next Time

We’ll look to start the lab at 1:30; from now on, I really want to make sure that you have enough time to finish labs while I’m around to give help and counsel. When you finish the lab and are ready to submit, let me know and we can go over it; afterwards we can fine-tune your research questions.

For Next Class

  • HW due: Reverse Outline (Qualitative Methods)

For Wednesday, 3/21 (SOC 1103 MW)

March 19, 2018

Here again is the New York Times article that recently turned Aron et al.’s ’36 Questions’ into a media sensation.

Prep

  • Review Ch. 6 in the Benokraitis textbook, emphasising the sections identified previously.
  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 7 (‘Sexuality and Sexual Expression Throughout Life’); esp. Sects. 7.1 (‘Sexualiy and Human Development’), 7.5 (‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Sex’), and 7.7 (‘Sexual Infidelity’)

In Class

  • Discussion: Love & Sex
  • Writing Intros & Conclusions: Do’s and Don’ts
  • Review: ASA Style

For Next Class

For Monday, 3/19 (SOC 1103 MW)

March 14, 2018

Prep

If you’ve never read real scholarship before, here’s how you do it. And here’s some more on Aron’s 36 questions, which have become a bona fide media sensation.

In Class

  • TBA

For Next Class

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 7 (‘Sexuality and Sexual Expression Throughout Life’)