Assignment: Short Paper (Critical Article Review)
Assignment: Short Paper (Critical Article Review)
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Assignment 1: Short Paper
This course is concerned with how sociology, social thinking and social theory is useful for planners.
This assignment is designed to encourage you to engage with the academic literature to articulate the utility of a social perspective, sociology and social theory for planners.
For this assignment you are asked to critically review and engage with the literature to build and support your argument. A great place to start researching for this assignment is the course text book and the weekly topic readings (these weekly readings are all accessible via the course learnonline site and/or from the UniSA library). SOCIAL THEORY FOR PLANNERS.
Specifically, for this 1500 word assignment you are asked to review and draw from a range of academic literature to address the following four sections:
- Define ‘social theory‘.
Approximately 150 words. You need to use at least 2 academic sources to address this section. One of the academic sources can be the course text book.
- Briefly discuss the utility of social theory/ies for planners.
Approximately 350 words. You need to use at least 2 academic sources to address this section. SOCIAL THEORY FOR PLANNERS.
- Identify and define one key social theory.
Approximately 500 words. You need to use at least 3 academic sources to address this section. One of the academic sources can be the course text book.
- Discuss why/how your identified social theory might be useful for planners.
Approximately 500 words. You need to use at least 3 academic sources to address this section. SOCIAL THEORY FOR PLANNERS.
Your responses to the four sections needs to be well developed and structured.
You also need to be concise with your expression and language.
The paper does not require an introduction or conclusion. Please present this assignment using the four sections as headings.
You also need to include a reference list, which is not included in the prescribed word limit.
The paper needs to be well formatted (i.e. 1.5 line spacing and appropriate font and font size, perhaps Calibri size 11 font).
This paper needs to be based on published academic sources, such as, for example, peer-reviewed journal articles and academic text books. You cannot use web-based sources for this assignment.
This assignment needs to be referenced in accordance to Harvard conventions.
A good place to start your research for this assignment is the course text book. However, you also need to engage with the wider academic literature and not rely on the course text book when developing your argument. SOCIAL THEORY FOR PLANNERS.
Marking Criteria for the Short Paper (Critical Article Review):
Structure: the response are well structured and well crafted, and written in a style that is fluent and concise; the integration of sources is clear and elegant, and the linkage of ideas (sentences and paragraphs) is clear and logical. 15%
Overall Line Argument: responses demonstrate understanding of the topic(s) and provide a coherent, relevant and strong (i.e. sustained by evidence and references) answer/s to the question. 35%
Analysis and Comprehension: the responses show understanding of relevant concepts; which are used to critically analyse the topic/question, where appropriate; the answers show evidence of insight or innovative/ original and/or clear thinking. 35%
Research and Referencing: the responses show engagement with a (wide) range of relevant sources (i.e. scholarly sources such as books and journal articles); the sources are well acknowledged and documented; the entries conform to the Harvard referencing style. 15%
Social Theory for Planners
Answer 1: Define Social Theory
Though the origins of social theory are difficult to pinpoint, scholars attributes the field to
Ancient Greece (Berberoglu, 2005). Modern social theory as a unique discipline emerged in 20 th
century and used by policymakers in critical thinking, thus delving in logic, rational and
objectivity underlining desire for facts via experiential evidence rather than assumption and
widely held notion. Social theories refer to the frameworks of empirical evidence that are
applied to interpret and study social phenomenon. Social theories are used by social scientist and
they relate to the historic debates based on the most reliable and valid methodologies, for
instance, positivism and anti-positivism and primarily of either of agency or structure. Specific
social theories strive to remain scientific, objective and descriptive. On the contrary, conflict
theories present ostensibly normal positions criticizing the inherent ideas in conventional,
traditional thought. This is relevant since any society is ever-changing society proves to be
challenging to sociology analysis (Holmes, Hughes, and Roberta, 2014)………………
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