Sociologists ask and answer questions about the interactions of individuals and groups with a society and use writing both as an aid to their own research and thinking and as a means of communicating and legitimizing their findings. Writing in sociology presents complex ideas clearly in an unbiased, analytical fashion. Writing in sociology is often built around a thesis about a social phenomenon and uses logical arguments and concrete evidence for support. Sociology writers must demonstrate an understanding of key concepts, theories, and terminology in their writing.
Sociology 3411W | Understanding Formal Organizations
in-class exercises, two 3-4 page papers, field notes, and a formal 10-12 page paper.
Sociology 3301 | Short Paper Assignment #1: "Who Rules America?” Reflection Paper
A 1-page structured response to an assigned reading.
Sociology 3301 | Short Paper Assignment #2: Power in Movement Reflection Paper
A 1-page response to an assignmed reading focused on a question
Sociology 3301 |Preliminary Research Assignment 1
2-page paper summarizing research on an organization
Sociology 3301 | Preliminary Research Assignment 2
2-page paper designed to narrow the final paper topic
Sociology 3301 | Final Research Paper Assignment
6-page paper expanding students' research and discussion using an organizational case study
Sociology 3452 | Service-Learning Weekly Reflection Papers
Weekly short assignments to reflect on service-learning activities
Sociology 3954 | Interview and Essay Assignment
2- to 3-page paper describing and analyzing a personal interview
Sociology 3954 | Final EssayTopics
6- to 8-page essay developing an argument using course materials
Writing For Sociology (UC Berkeley)