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SOCI 101 (McEntee): Assignment

Unit 2 Test Source Requirements

Remember for this assignment you are required to find the following as a minimum:

  • 2 sociological sources (1 of which may be required reading from unit 2)
  • 2 new semi-scholarly sources (at least one of which must be a sociology blog; the other may be a news source or not-for profit org report)
  • 2 new data source

Finding a Sociological Source

Sociological sources, what does that mean?

Dr. McEntee requires you to cite sociological sources. A sociological source needs to be a scholarly source and either A) written by someone with a degree in sociology/working in the field of sociology or B) published in a sociological journal. So how do we determine if it is sociological?

A) written by someone with a degree in sociology/working in the field of sociology

Many databases have an authors' affiliations section for each article's record. It may indicate either their degree or that they work in a university's sociology department. You may also consider departments like cultural anthropology, human geography, or others mentioned in Dr. McEntee's course materials to be sociological in nature.

If none of the information is available, you can take to a search engine like Google to see what kind of information you can dig up about an author.


B) published in a sociological journal

Any journal that has sociology (and no other discipline named) in the title or is published by the American Sociological Association (ASA) may be considered a sociological journal. Some big ones to note that do not have sociology in the title, but are indeed sociological journals, are Social Forces, Gender & Society, and Continuity & Change.

Unit 2 Test

Your Unit 2 Test, due at the end of this week, will demonstrate (consider these the Unit Learning Outcomes):

  • a) basic understanding of structural inequalities,
  • b) how stratification systems work (function),
  • c) roles of social institutions and
  • d) intersectionality

You'll do this by choosing ONE achieved status (probably an occupation/job) and selecting sources that help you answer questions about opportunity structures to achieve and be successful in that job/occupation.  Your test will include:

  • a) describing the demographic characteristics of who does that job (including any disproportionate representation by race/ethnicity, gender, age, or social class of origin),
  • b) identifying/describing opportunity structures for achieving (success in) that job for a (sub) population.