SOCI 350 The Prevalence of the Fetishism in Classical and Contemporary Era

SOCI 350 The Prevalence of the Fetishism in Classical and Contemporary Era

Essays must be typed, 12-point font, and 6-8 pages double-spaced. Each essay must make direct reference — through

quotation and discussion – to at least one ‘classical’ text discussed in weeks 2-5 (essay #1), 10-13 (essay #2), and 18-

21 (essay #3), and two ‘contemporary’ theorists discussed in weeks 5-7 (#1), 12-15 (#2), and 20-24 (#3). Use of

secondary texts or other sources is not required, but all sources consulted or quoted must be cited:

A) using standardized references: When you quote someone else’s words, and when you paraphrase

someone else’s ideas, take a fact or an example from a book, article, or other source (including the

internet), you must cite the source by using footnotes, endnotes, or the preferred social science format:

(Author’s Last Name, al Publication Date: pages); e.g. (Adorno 1975/2011: 207).

B) in a complete bibliography: You must stick to a standard format for your bibliography (consult a guide or

ask us for help). The basic information and format for printed sources will include:

Author’s Last Name, First Name. (Date of Publication) “Title of Essay, Chapter, or Article.” In Title of

Book [or Journal]. Place of Publication: Publisher. Pp. [for essays, articles or books]; e.g.:

Adorno, Theodor (1975/2011) “The Culture Industry Reconsidered.” In Scott Appelrouth and Laura

Desfor Edles. Sociological Theory in the Contemporary Era (2 nd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA:

SAGE Pine Forge Press, pp. 106-110.

See the course syllabus for deadlines and other important information regarding late papers and plagiarism.


A) Finding a topic and choosing an approach: We will not be distributing a written list of suggested paper

topics, but we will make many recommendations in lectures, office hours and by e-mail, depending on your interests.

You may decide to write a strictly theoretical essay that discusses key concepts and core ideas, or you may

wish to concentrate on illustrating, testing, or applying the theories and concepts to empirical examples. Your essay

may be primarily analytical and explanatory (asking ‘why and how?’), or critical and argumentative (evaluating

‘strengths and weaknesses’ of an argument), and/or interpretive and descriptive (commenting on ‘whether something

is or may be the case’). You are strongly encouraged to talk to us about the topic you are considering and the approach

you plan to take, and to submit ‘précis’ (which might develop an aspect of your essay). We will offer feedback on

your thesis statement or outline during office hours and by e-mail if submitted at least 5 days before the due date.

B) Organizing your ideas and writing an outline: When you have decided on the topic or focus of your essay,

begin organizing your ideas by constructing an outline. Your outline should be based on notes from the readings, class

and seminar notes, and where relevant, précis and any outside sources. The indispensable elements are:

A tentative title: indicates something that is specific about your topic or distinctive about your approach.

i) The introduction: formulates a problem, theme, argument, hypothesis, and/or questions, and previews

the particular theoretical approach you are taking.

ii) The body: presents the order of the main ideas or examples, preferably listed in point form (i.e. 1, 2, 3 etc.),

using thematic subheadings, and indicating the main texts, authors and/or sources you are drawing from.

iii) The conclusion: summarizes or reviews the main ideas or themes and suggests some of the implications of

the preceding discussion. It may also bring up some related issues or note the limitations of your approach.

A bibliography: lists all the printed (or electronic) sources that you have consulted or plan to quote

from. All sources should be cited somewhere in your outline (and in the final essay).

C) Writing your essay: When you are ready to begin writing, you should have in front of you your outline, your

notes, and the texts you will be quoting from or referring to. We strongly recommend printing at least two drafts of

your essay: one you will proofread by making additions and corrections on, and then the one you will actually hand in.


Although you must make reference to three texts in each essay from specified weeks, you are welcome to discuss

readings and ideas from other weeks as well. Essays #2 and/or #3 may be ‘double-essays’, i.e. they may be combined

with a revised version of a previous essay (12-16 pages; a higher grade on the longer essay will then count for both).


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