students must complete reading one chapter H u m a n i t i e s

students must complete reading one chapter H u m a n i t i e s


The purpose of the Analytical Paper is to synthesize the theories, concepts, and ideas presented in the course and apply this synthesized knowledge to conduct a theoretical analysis of the sociological research presented in Respectability on Trial by Brian Donovan. This paper is intended and designed to meet each of the five Core Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for the course.

Work on this paper spans Units 1-7. In Units 1-6, students must complete reading one chapter (of six total chapters) of the text Respectability on Trial and submit your 200-word (maximum) response to the Weekly Reflection Activity question for the unit. The final drafts of the Analytical Paper are due by Sunday at 11:59 PM, at the conclusion of Unit 7. The total points possible for the paper are 140 (or 28% of the 100% points possible in the course).


Your paper will be a theoretical analysis of the textbook Respectability on Trial (Donovan 2016) applying three of the different perspectives you studied throughout the term (for example, strain theory, constructionist perspectives, theory of differential-association, labeling theory, etc.).

The Analytical Paper references can be only from the two books used for the course (Adler and Adler 2016, and Donovan 2016) and the course materials in each unit (for instance, the assigned websites, videos, and podcasts). Your paper should include only major components of the theoretical perspectives and the limitations of each of the perspectives. In other words, you are to summarize, synthesize, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each perspective in terms of how they explain the social, cultural, racial, gendered, sexual, and religious issues raised by Donovan’s research in Respectability on Trial.

The paper needs to be written in APA format. The typed paper needs to be 8-10 double-spaced pages in length. The title page and references sections of the paper are not included in the total page count. A minimum of nine citations from the Adler and Adler textbook is required, three for each theoretical perspective that you choose.

Components of the paper include:

  1. Introduction
  2. Theories/Perspectives (with your parenthetical citations).
  3. Conclusion
  4. References (should consist only of references from the textbooks, videos, and podcasts in the course).
  • See GRADING RUBRIC for specific details on component criteria and expectations.

Spelling and formatting expectations for the paper include:

  • Correct spelling, proper formatting, and appropriate grammar are required. Students should write the paper in an academic voice (for example, using the language, terminology, and key concepts covered in the course).
  • Late papers will be deducted 15 points per day for each day after the submission deadline.
  • Submit papers the file name in the following format: First initial, last name, term, and year (for example, naderi.SU19).

Due Date

Sunday, 11:59 pm, CT of Unit 7

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