Assignment Library Tag: Social Sciences

Understanding Concepts in Social Science Research through Werewolves

Description Designed to convey methodological concepts in content-based sociology classes (rather than a methods course), this set of assignments is designed to engage students in the multiple aspects of the research process, and support their understanding that research is the outcome of a series of choices made with imperfect information, rather than the inevitable outcome… Read more »

Paper on Race/Ethnic Relations

Description This assignment is for a beginning-level course in cultural awareness that asks students to look at themselves and the world around them and ask why they believe what they believe. It requires engagement with diverse cultural, economic and geographic perspectives on race relations. Background and Context This assignment, which is designed to assess the DQP… Read more »

Life Story Interview

Description This project teaches psychology students to apply academic theories to the “life story” of someone they interview.  Each student interviews an older relative or friend, and writes an 8-10 page paper.  The paper starts with a biography of the interviewee, divided into several “chapters” (“Leaving home,” “Starting a family”). Next, students analyze the life… Read more »

Field Analysis

Description In a summative assessment for an introductory sociology course, students create a field log of their everyday experience and analyze their experiences through a sociological lens.  The purpose of this assessment is for students to understand themselves as actors in their society by considering the role they play in their families, workplaces, communities, campuses,… Read more »

Correlation Assignment

Description This assignment was designed for Developmental Psychopathology, 361.  Because the course includes majors, who would at least have had Research I, and possibly Statistics, as well as non-majors, who might have had neither, a fair amount of scaffolding is required.  This includes making available tutorials to remind students (or inform them for the first… Read more »

Applying Psychological Concepts to a Real World Problem

Description This is a written assignment intended to measure how well students can take concepts they have learned within the General Psychology course and apply them to a novel situation and a real world problem—related to an individual’s becoming homeless. The goal is for students to be able to locate and evaluate evidence and draw… Read more »

Information Fluency in an Introductory International Studies Course

Description This assignment was designed for an introductory international studies course that serves as a requirement for the university’s general education curriculum. The challenge of the course is to get students excited about international studies and to make them aware of how increased global interdependence affects them. Students who successfully complete the assignment are able to narrowly… Read more »

Research Essay and Policy Paper Integrated Writing Assignment

Description This integrated assignment links the final research papers for two courses (Human Services Policy and Human Biology) to make the need for the application of biological and physiological knowledge to Human Services policy issues more explicit to students in the Human Services program. This assignment is carefully scaffolded across two courses so that the… Read more »

Applying Gender Norms: Innovative Research and Reporting

Description Applying Gender Norms asks students to use observation as a tool to identify foundational theories of gender norms at play in everyday public spaces. Students write both observational narratives and analysis pieces, as well as creating videos to disseminate their findings.  Proficiencies addressed include: applying course content to the students’ lives in the community,… Read more »

Developing and Hosting an Online Lesson

Description This assignment–Developing and Hosting an Online Lesson—is the signature project in the second to the last course in the Masters in Teaching and Learning with Technology program. It asks students to develop a robust educational learning module and then host it on a website.  A culminating activity in the program, it is intended to… Read more »