Project #86570 - Industrialization and Social Change

The actual paper is not due until october 27th, but I need an essay topic tonight to submit first.

 

 

Soc 141: Industrialization and Social Change

 A major portion of this course is the cumulative two-part essay assignment. Ultimately, the paper will analyze the evolution throughout industrialization of a social institution of your choosing from the perspective of a classical theorist, then hypothesize how the institution will continue to evolve in the post-industrial era. Successful essays will carefully document the history of the selected institution, demonstrate a thorough understanding of the chosen theorists’ perspective, and ground its hypothesis for future change in contemporary evidence. The total length of the essay should be about eight to ten double-spaced pages. The following sections describe the specific topics for each part of the essay, and the general criteria for evaluation.

Essay Topic (due October 13) First, what is a “social institution”? The word institution often conjures images of formal organizations, like schools or hospitals. However, references like marriage as an institution paints a different picture. Broadly, a social institution is a set of formal or informal rules to regulate social relations. Institutions can take many forms, and be of many different sizes. Examples include the family, women’s labor force participation, and taxi driving. To help keep your essays on track from the beginning, a description of your essay topic is due well before the first part of the essay. You should first identify and briefly describe (one or two paragraphs) the social institution you want to analyze. Next, sketch a timeline of key dates relevant to your chosen institution. For example, key dates for an essay about public education may include the founding of the Department of Education, or the beginning of compulsory education. The topic description should also include a reference list.

Part One (due October 27) The task for the first essay assignment is to analyze the evolution of the institution you selected from the perspective of a classical theorist covered in the first two weeks of lecture: Smith, Marx, Durkheim, Weber, or Polanyi. The essay should begin with a detailed description of the institution and its history throughout industrialization. Next, interpret the relationship between the evolution of this institution and industrialization through the lens of the classical theorist you selected. Particularly insightful essays could also discuss what makes the chosen theorist more accurate or useful than another. The essay should be five double-spaced pages long, not including the reference list. 1 of 4 In general, essays that focus on a narrow set of points with strong evidence are clearer than essays that try to include as much information as possible. This may mean that your analysis would benefit from focusing on a particular aspect of an institution (i.e., gender inequality within families, rather than just “the family”). Similarly, it may be difficult to write a well supported analysis on particularly narrow topic.

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