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ASSIGNMENT  3  
 
USING  A  SOCIOLOGICAL  APPROACH  
 
Due  Week  9:  120  points  
For  your  final  assignment,  you’ll  complete  a  short  answer  activity  
in  which  you  will  review  a  research  article  to  identify  the  research  
conclusion.  Then,  you’ll  take  another  look  at  that  conclusion  from  
the  perspective  of  one  of  the  major  sociological  theories.  Use  the  
Assignment  3  template  to  complete  this  assignment.  
 
 
 
LEARN  
Read  the  Article:  
“Money,  Not  Access,  Key  to  Resident  Food  
Choices  in  ‘Food  Deserts’  “  
https://news.ncsu.edu/2017/03/money-­‐food-­‐  
deserts-­‐2017/  
 
1)   What  were  the  key  findings  and  conclusion  from  the  research?  
 
THEORY  
Remember:  The  four  major  sociological  theories  are  Functionalism,  
Conflict  Theory,  Symbolic  Interactionism,  and  Rational  Choice  
Theory.  
2)   Choose  one  of  the  four  major  sociological  theories—  
Functionalism,  Conflict  Theory,  Symbolic  Interactionism,  or  
Rational  Choice  Theory.  (Review  Sections  1.8  -­‐  1.12  in  your  
webtext  for  more  information.)  
a)   In  your  own  words,  define  the  theory  that  you  chose.  
 
b)   Discuss  how  t his  theory  relates  to  the  research  
findings  in  the  article.  
 
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EVALUATE  
3)   Use  the  article  to  help  answer  the  questions  below.  
 
a)   What  research  method  was  used  in  the  article?  
 
b)   What  are  the  advantages  and  disadvantages  of  using  
this  research  method?  (Your  response  should  be  a  
paragraph  of  at  least  5-­‐7  sentences.)  
 
See  section  2.9  and  table  2.1  of  t he  webtext  to  review  
the  advantages  and  disadvantages  of  the  different  
research  methods.  
c)   What  additional  research  should  be  conducted  to  
learn  more  about  the  problem  examined  in  the  
article?  (Your  response  should  be  a  paragraph  of  at  
least  5-­‐7  sentences.)  
 
FORMATTING  
4)   Your  assignment  must  follow  these  formatting  requirements:  
 
•   Use  the  Assignment  3  template  to  complete  this  
assignment.  
•   References  are  not  required  for  this  assignment  as  
you  will  use  the  assigned  article  and  your  webtext.  
•   Be  sure  to  include  your  name  and  the  date  on  the  
cover  page.  
 
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RUBRIC  
Grading  for  this  assignment  will  be  based  on  the  following  rubric:  
 
 
POINTS:  120  
 
Criteria
ASSIGNMENT  3:  USING  A  SOCIOLOGICAL  APPROACH  
 
 
Exemplary
 
1.  Describe  the  
key  findings  in  
the  research  
study  and  the  
conclusion  
drawn  from  the  
research.  
 
Weight:  20%  
2.  Define  a  
major  
sociological  
theory  and  
relate  it  to  the  
key  findings  or  
conclusion  of  
the  research.  
 
Weight:  40%  
 
 
 
Proficient
 
 
 
Fair
 
 
 
 
Meets Minimum
Expectations
 
Unacceptable
 
100% – A
85% – B
75% – C
65% – D
Accurately  
describes  key  
findings  and  
conclusion  and  
includes  sup-­‐  
porting  details.  
Demonstrates  
strong  under-­‐  
standing  by  using  
sociology  terms  
and  providing  
logical,  accurate,  
and  concise  infor-­‐  
mation.  
Accurately  
describes  key  
findings  and  
conclusion  and  
includes  support-­‐  
ing  details.  
Partially  de-­‐  
scribes  key  
findings  and  con-­‐  
clusion  but  some  
of  the  supporting  
details  are  miss-­‐  
ing.  
Inaccurately  
describes  key  
findings  or  con-­‐  
clusion  and  sup-­‐  
porting  details  
are  sparse.  
Does  not  de-­‐  
scribe  the  key  
findings  and/or  
conclusion  and  
does  not  pro-­‐  
vide  supporting  
details.  
Accurately  
defined  a  major  
sociological  
theory  and  
related  it  to  the  
key  findings  or  
conclusion  of  the  
research  with  
supporting  
details.  Demon-­‐  
strates  strong  
understanding  by  
using  sociology  
terms  and  
providing  logical,  
accurate,  and  
concise  
information.  
Accurately  
defined  a  major  
sociological  
theory  and  
related  it  to  the  
key  findings  or  
conclusion  of  
the  research  
with  supporting  
details.  
Partially  
defined  a  
major  
sociological  
theory,  or  
partially  
related  it  to  
the  key  
findings  or  
conclusion  of  
the  research,  
but  some  of  
the  supporting  
details  are  
missing.  
Inaccurately  
defined  a  major  
sociological  
theory,  or  
inaccurately  
related  it  to  the  
key  findings  or  
conclusion  of  the  
research  and  
supporting  de-­‐  
tails  are  sparse.  
Does  not  define  
a  major  
sociological  
theory  and  does  
not  relate  it  to  
the  key  findings  
or  conclusion  of  
the  research.  
0% – F
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POINTS:  120  
 
Criteria
ASSIGNMENT  3:  USING  A  SOCIOLOGICAL  APPROACH  
 
 
Exemplary
 
3.  Identify  the  
research  
method  used  
in  the  article,  
explain  the  
advantages  
and  
disadvantages  
of  using  that  
research  
method,  and  
propose  
additional  
research  
ideas.  
 
Weight:  30%  
4.  Write  in  a  
skillful  manner  
using  stated  
formatting  and  
correct  gram-­  
mar  and  spell-­  
ing.  
 
Weight:  10%  
 
 
Proficient
 
 
 
Fair
 
 
 
75% – C
 
Meets Minimum
Expectations
65% – D
 
Unacceptable
 
100% – A
85% – B
0% – F
Identifies  
advantages  and  
disadvantages  
that  align  with  
the  key  findings  
of  the  research,  
and  provides  
additional  
research  ideas  
that  include  
supporting  
details.  Demon-­‐  
strates  strong  
understanding  by  
using  sociolo-­‐  gy  
terms.  
Identifies  
advantages  and  
disadvantages  
that  align  with  
the  key  findings  
of  the  research,  
and  provides  
additional  
research  ideas  
that  include  
supporting  
details.  
Identifies  
advantages  and  
disadvantages  
that  don’t  fully  
align  with  the  
key  findings  of  
the  research,  or  
provides  addi-­‐  
tional  research  
ideas  that  lack  
supporting  
details.  
Identifies  only  
one  advantage  
or  disadvantage  
that  does  not  
fully  align  with  
the  key  findings  
of  the  research,  
and  lacks  
additional  
research  ideas  
and/or  support-­‐  
ing  details.  
Does  not  
identify  the  
advantages    
and  
disadvantages  
of  using  the  
research  
method,  or  
does  not  pro-­‐  
vide  additional  
research  ideas.  
Writing  is  ex-­‐  
cellent.  Tone  is  
appropriate  and  
demonstrates  
excellent  word  
choice.  Shows  
exceptional  logic,  
clarity,  and  stated  
format-­‐  ting.  
Contains  no  
spelling  or  gram-­‐  
matical  errors.  
Writing  is  profi-­‐  
cient.  Tone  is  ap-­‐  
propriate.  Shows  
logic,  clarity,  
and  stated  
formatting.  May  
contain  few  or  
no  spelling  and/  
or  grammatical  
errors.  
Writing  is  satis-­‐  
factory.  Appro-­‐  
priate  and/or  
consistent  tone  
is  developing.  
Shows  moder-­‐  
ate  logic,  clarity,  
and/or  stated  
formatting.  
May   contain  
more   than   a  
fewspelling  
and/  
or  grammatical  
errors.  
Writing  meets  
minimal  stan-­‐  
dards.  Tone  is  
not  appropri-­‐  
ate.  Lacking  
one  or    more  of  
logic,  clarity,  
and/or  stated  
formatting.  May  
contain  many  
spelling  and/  
or  grammatical  
errors.  
Writing  does  not  
meet  minimal  
standards.  Tone  
is  not  appro-­‐  
priate.  Wholly  
lacking  in  logic,  
clarity,  and/or  
stated  format-­‐  
ting.  Contains  
many  spelling  
and/or  
grammat-­‐  ical  
errors.  
 
 
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Assignment 3: Using a Sociological Approach
(Student name)
(Professor’s name)
Introduction to Sociology
(Date)
Learn (Write a paragraph of at least 5 to 7 sentences answering the following questions.)

What were the key findings from the research? Be sure that you are answering in your
own words.
Theory (Write 2 paragraphs of at least 5 to 7 sentences each answering the following
questions.)

Choose one of the four major sociological theories—Functionalism, Conflict Theory,
Symbolic Interactionism, or Rational Choice Theory.
(Review the Assignment 3 Cheat Sheet in the Help tab in Blackboard and Sections 1.8 1.12 in your Webtext for more information.)

In your own words, define the theory that you chose.

Discuss how this theory relates to the research findings in the article.
Evaluate (Write at least 2 paragraphs of at least 5 to 7 sentences each answering the following
questions.)

What research method was used in the article?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using this research method? (Your
response should be a paragraph of at least 5-7 sentences.)
See section 2.9 and table 2.1 of the Webtext to review the advantages and
disadvantages of the different research methods.

What additional research should be conducted to learn more about the problem
examined in the article? (Your response should be a paragraph of at least 5-7
sentences.)

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