The objective of the FRP assignment is for you to explore a topic of your own ch

The objective of the FRP assignment is for you to explore a topic of your own choosing within the sociology of culture and health. You are asked to find an original analytical question that is interesting to you and make an argument about how that question might best be answered or understood within the framework of the sociology of health and illness.
This is a literature or library research project that does not require you to collect or analyze primary data (although you may do so if you wish). .
Your FRP assignment has 3 major inter-connected components and you may work by yourself or with at most 1 other student in the class. You may change your group (including deciding to work by yourself) at any time. What’s important is that you (each student) must submit the assignment. The names of everyone in the same group must be on all FRP-related assignments and everyone in the same group must submit the assignments on Canvas (even if the submitted documents are exactly the same for group members).
1. FRP Rough Draft Paper — 60 points
Here are the:
Grading rubric for the FRP Rough Draft Paper
Resource: List of Concepts
Resource: FRP Steps
Resource: FRP Guide
Submit a short draft of your FRP Paper for review (minimum words: 800, maximum words: 1000). The review is meant to provide you with useful feedback and to help you further develop your FRP Final Paper.
The objectives of this assignment are: start working on your FRP Paper; receive feedback on your draft.
Details about the requirements for the FRP Paper are below.
The FRP Paper Draft must be submitted in PDF and Word (.doc and .docx) formats via the submission links on Canvas by the due date and time (as specified by the Canvas assignment submission link).
2. FRP Final Paper — 150 points
Here are the:
Grading rubric for the FRP Final Paper
Resource: List of Concepts
Resource: FRP Steps
Resource: FRP Guide
Write a college-level research paper (minimum 2,000 words, maximum 2,500 words), applying at least 20 concepts learned from our class reading and lecture materials.
Please do not merely just list the concepts. You need to use them in your paper. Underline, bold, and number these concepts (1, 2, 3, etc.). Here’s a list with some of those concepts.
You are expected to cite at least 3 required readings from our course and at least 3 external (non-assigned, optional) academic, peer-reviewed references in your paper. You may (not required) consult the following:
The supplemental readings from our course
Major sociological journals such as American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Problems, Journal for the Study of Symbolic Interactionism.
You may also incorporate other forms of primary or secondary evidence as you deem them relevant.
Technical formatting guidelines for the FRP Paper:
Double spacing
1’’ margins
Font: Times New Roman, size 12
ASA (American Sociological Association) style 5th edition for text citation and references list. External resources can be found here and here.
Optional: cover page, abstract, and appendices
Word count is from the start of your introduction to the end of your conclusion.
This means that sections that fall outside of this are not part of the word count, such as the cover page, abstract, references page, and appendices do not count toward the required word count requirement.
You may include figures, images, tables, and links at the end of your essay in the Appendices section.
The FRP Paper must be submitted in PDF and Word (.doc and .docx) formats via the submission link on Canvas by the due date (as specified by the Canvas assignment submission link).
Introduction (FRP Guide) (5%)
First paragraph of the Introduction Paragraphs section
Exceptional introduction that (1) grabs
interest and (2) explicates the purpose of the research
Research Topic and Significance/Purpose (FRP Guide) (15%)
(1) The topic is focused and clear (not too broad) (2.) Explanation of how the research will contribute to existing knowledge. (3) There is sufficient (not a lot or too little) background information for the audience
Thesis (FRP Guide) (30%)
(1) A clear, concise, and focused statement; (2) Has three main parts: context, topic (subject), and the researcher’s/author’s claim or answer to a central research question; (3) Debatable (it’s not self-evident, a summary or a fact) and supportable with evidence; (4) Original (belongs to the author and not someone else); (5) Complex or abstract (do not merely list main points); (6) go together with the whole paper; (7) in the opening and concluding sections of the paper
Organization/Development of Analysis (Body Paragraphs) (FRP Guide)
(20%)
Exceptionally well-structured and clear, development of analysis with excellent transitions between and within paragraphs.
Analysis is organized following TAXECS (Topic, Assertion (Argument), Example, Explanation, Counter-Arguments, Significance)
Argumentation (Assertion) and Originality (5%)
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Arguments are presented clearly and logically. Logical points build directly upon the thesis and prior points.
Counter-arguments are
addressed, dismantled, and folded into the main argument of the paper.
Arguments are original and creative. Go substantially beyond points raised in lecture and readings. Concepts are
related to each other in interesting and creative ways.
Use of Evidence (5%)
Each logical point is backed up by one or more examples. Evidence is strong and sufficient to advance the argument.
Potential counter-arguments are accounted for and addressed with evidence.
Paper is exceptionally researched, extremely detailed, and historically accurate.
Exceptionally critical, relevant and consistent connections made between evidence and thesis.
Application of Concepts/Course Materials (20%) (FRP Guide)
Demonstrates solid understanding of the major themes of the course, using readings and lectures to relate to or apply important concepts. Arguments are placed within the broad discussions outlined in the course.
Include at least 50% of the number of concepts required for the FRP Final Paper (specified in the Syllabus)
Conclusion
(Optional) (FRP Guide)
Excellent summary with concluding ideas that impact readers
Introduces no new information
Accuracy, Clarity, Organization and Conciseness of Writing (Optional) (FRP Guide)
(1) All facts presented are accurate and research related to citations is also discussed in an accurate fashion, (2) Clearly written and very easy to understand (3) The flow of the writing is excellent across sections and within sections (4) The proposal is appropriately concise and always relevant (to the topic being covered)
Grammar/
Usage/
Mechanics (Optional) (FRP Guide)
Control of grammar, usage, and mechanics
Almost entirely free of spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors
Specific assignment requirements as detailed in the course syllabus (Optional).
Submissions that cannot be opened because they do not adhere to submission guidelines automatically receive zero points. Students (on their own) should always check and confirm their assignment submissions.
Meet all or nearly all of the other assignment requirements as detailed in the syllabus (90% or more), including but not limited to (1) The number of peer-reviewed scientific sources/literatures; (2) Font, formatting, and other technical guidelines; (3) Citation and reference style; (4) Submission guidelines.
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