For sociology class called American Society: two 3-5 page essays (attached prompt).
Here are the required readings:
Florida, Richard. 2014. The Rise of the Creative Class – ch 1 (pg. 1-14), ch. 2 (pg.15-124),
Putnam, Robert. 2015. Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis – ch 1 (pg. 1-45), ch 2,3 (pg.46-134)
Steven Greenhouse, â€œThe Rise and Fall of the Social Contractâ€; â€œHere Today, Gone Tomorrowâ€; â€œWalmart: The Low Wage Colossusâ€
Paul Krugman, â€œFor Richerâ€ http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/20/magazine/for-richer.html?pagewanted=all
The criteria by which essays will be graded include demonstration of mastery of the required readings and classroom discussion; factual accuracy; depth and breadth of explanations; clarity; creativity; critical appraisal of ideas; and orginality. Clear writing and grammar are very important.
-essay should refer to assigned readings and demonstrate depth of understanding
-should accurately depict the claims mdae in readings
-breadth: each question asks that a diversity of readings be considered. not all are equally important, but strong essays will include as much relevant material from different materials as possible
-clarity: the essay should be well-organized, and we will grade you on what you say, not on what you meant to say or were trying to say.
-creativity: in the sense of “combinatory play”, or the ability to piece things together to create a synthetic whole
-orginality: this is not a standardized test. But I am not interested (in this context) in your individual opinions, but rather in your own understanding of other people’s ideas and in how those ideas relate to one another