How does family structure OR social class OR ethnicity OR Indigeniety affect the socialisation of children in contemporary Western society?

 
Academic Essay 1.5pt spaced
Value: 40%
Length: 1000 words
Task
1. Read the following Reading:
‘Early Childhood Gender Socialization’ (pp. 73-99) in Renzetti, C.M., Curran, D.J. & Maier, S.L. (2012). Women, Men, and Society, 6th edition New York: Pearson Education.
2. Independently locate and include references for 2 academic sociology journal articles
You may include up to 4 additional references of your choice, such as quality (i.e. government, non-governmental organizations, academic) websites, books, journal articles from other disciplines,etc. for a maximum of 8-10 references (textbook and other required readings included).
3. Review chapters in the textbook and other required readings which you feel suitably address aspects of the topic which you wish to focus upon for your essay -Dempsey, D. & Lindsay, J. (2014). Families, relationships, and intimate life (2nd edition). South Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.
4. Write one coherent and unified academic essay which uses all the resources listed for this assessment item to complete the following task (choose ONE social context only):
How does family structure OR social class OR ethnicity OR Indigeniety affect the socialisation of children in contemporary Western society?
5. Format the essay according to the assessment instructions below.
Rationale
This learning assessment offers you an opportunity to demonstrate each of the key learning objectives for this subject as related to a contemporary topic, childhood gender socialisation:

– be able to identify the main theoretical approaches to the study of gender relations
– be able to describe historical shifts in attitudes to women and family structures
– be able to identify the ways in which social institutions reproduce and regulate gender and sexuality,
– be able to relate academic debates about gender and family to the practices of daily life in different cultures, both urban and rural

Marking criteria
Essays will be assessed on the following points:
1. Knowledge of topic. Have the main issues relating to the topic been understood and covered?
2. Application of sociological concepts & theory. Have the theories, concepts and subject material been applied to the issue or has a descriptive/narrative account only been written?
3. Use of pertinent examples and relevant evidence. Have the assertions made and conclusions drawn been adequately supported by reliable and valid evidence?
4. Critical analysis. Have the ideas and data been synthesised and analysed instead of merely collated and re-written?
5. Quality and range of references. Have all the applicable required readings been read and included and are the independently obtained resources of good quality, appropriately used and cited?
6. Clarity, structure and presentation. Is the essay clear, concise, well organised, unified and coherent? Is there an introduction, body and conclusion?
7. Creativity, originality & required parts. Is the essay a unique expression of thought? Has the author made a novel insight into the issues or regurgitated already published ideas? Have the instructions been followed and all required parts included?

Marks will be lost for
• low quality writing
• not following instructions
• lack of evidence and examples to support arguments
• uncritical summarisation of readings
• inferior references

SOC Marking Rubric* – Essay and Written Examination

Note: Rows 1-3 are the most important in writing an assignment and greater weighting is given to these criteria in marking

FL PS CR DI HD
Argument, knowledge, comprehension Introduction does not clearly convey the essay’s purpose; conclusion does not summarise content and/or link back to essay topic; little use of relevant evidence or sensationalist/emotive writing
sociological ideas & theory not raised, misunderstood or unsuitably applied Introduction conveys the essay’s purpose; conclusion summarises content; use of relevant evidence in most paragraphs; relevant sociological ideas & theory raised in several places of relevance to essay topic, demonstrating basic understanding, but inadequate or underdeveloped application Introduction conveys the essay’s purpose; conclusion summarises essay content; use of relevant evidence in most paragraphs; relevant sociological ideas & theory raised & applied demonstrating good understanding, adequate application, yet inconsistent throughout Introduction conveys the purpose and structure of the assignment; conclusion summarises essay content and links back to assignment topic; use of relevant evidence in almost all paragraphs; sociological ideas raised consistently; sociological ideas understood and applied to the topic in almost all instances Introduction conveys the purpose and structure of the assignment; conclusion summarises essay content and links back to assignment topic; use of relevant evidence in all paragraphs; sociological ideas raised consistently; sociological ideas understood and applied to the topic in all instances
Structure Introduction and/or conclusion absent; most body paragraphs contain less than 3 sentences; how the key point of each body paragraph links to the topic is unclear in most instances; how the key point of each body paragraph links to the following paragraph is unclear in most instances Contains introduction, main body, conclusion; the majority of body paragraphs contain 3 sentences or more; how the key point of each body paragraph links to the topic is clear in most instances; how the key point of each body paragraph links to the following paragraph is clear in most instances Contains introduction, body, conclusion; almost all body paragraphs contain 3 sentences or more; how the key point of each body paragraph links to the topic is clear in almost all instances; how the key point of each body paragraph links to the following paragraph is clear in almost all instances Contains introduction, body, conclusion; all body paragraphs contain 3 sentences or more; how the key point of each body paragraph links to the topic is clear in all instances; how the key point of each body paragraph links to the following paragraph is clear in almost all instances Contains introduction, body, conclusion; all body paragraphs contain 3 sentences or more; how the key point of each body paragraph links to the topic is clear in all instances; how the key point of each body paragraph links to the following paragraph is clear in all instances
Source material More than half the body paragraphs do not include references; set readings are not used; minimum number of sources are not used, or contains plagiarism** Most of the body paragraphs include references; set readings are used; minimum number of sources used, but direct quotes comprise more than 10% of the body content and heavy reliance on 1-2 sources in the body 1-2 body paragraphs do not include references; set readings are used; minimum number of sources used; most sources are relevant and peer-reviewed All paragraphs include references; set readings are used; above minimum number of sources used; most sources are relevant and peer-reviewed All paragraphs include references; set readings are used; above minimum number of sources used; all sources are relevant and peer-reviewed
Spelling, grammar, punctuation, word length Most of the essay is not understandable or the word length is above or below 10% of the prescribed limit (excl references) Most of the essay is understandable, but contains regular grammatical and typographical errors Contains a few grammatical and typographical errors Grammar is error-free, but contains a few typographical errors Contains 1-2 typographical errors
Referencing** No reference list or in-text referencing; or
APA style not used APA style used, but reference list and in-text references do not match up APA style used, and less than half of the entries are incorrectly formatted APA style used and less than a quarter of the entries are incorrectly formatted APA style used; referencing is error-free

* Where multiple criteria exist, any of them may result in the relevant grade being awarded – e.g., no reference list OR not using the APA system will result in a FL grade for the ‘Referencing’ criteria.

**Plagiarism will result in failure of the whole assessment item or the subject.
Presentation
Essay format
Prior to submitting your essay, please ensure your essay
• is typed using size 11 pt font with 1.5 spacing;
• includes your name, student ID number and page number on every page;
• includes your name, student ID, subject code, assessment item title, and word count on the first page;
• contains a Reference List at the end using the format described in the ‘citation and referencing’ section or using the most recent edition of the Australian Psychological Association’s reference manual.

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