SOC 213 Milestone One Guidelines and Rubric


Overview: The final project for this course is the creation of a proposal to the potential funder, the Department of Health and Human Services. This is the first of
two opportunities for you to submit a first attempt of a section for the final project due in Week Seven of this course. This assignment should represent your
best effort to meet the critical elements outlined below. Once you submit this assignment, you will receive feedback from your instructor. It is imperative that
you review and understand this feedback before you implement it into your final draft.
Prompt: You will address the critical elements listed below which represent the first three sections of your final project. In the Module One discussion, you
presented an idea for a social issue and how it presents itself in the local community. You will continue to use what you have learned in the first two weeks of
the course so far to address the critical elements below. For this milestone your work will be graded using the rubric below, for your final submission in Module
Seven your work will be graded using the rubric found in the Final Project guidelines and rubric document. The final project rubric adds a fourth column to the
rubric which adds the expectation of a higher level of comprehension and writing. Therefore, if you receive a score satisfactory to you on your milestone
assignments you will be expected to address any feedback from your instructor, as well as adding the depth asked for in the exemplary column in the Final
Project rubric when you submit your final project.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Introduction: In this section, you will summarize your proposal. Explain the contemporary social problem that you selected and discuss the relevance for
today’s society on a local scale. How does the issue present itself in the United States or in your local community?
II. Problem Description: Determine the most influential social variables and determinants leading to the social problem and justify your selections with
research.
A. Explain the social variables and determinants influencing the development of the social problem on a local level.
B. Explain the social variables and determinants influencing the development of the social problem on a global level.
C. Describe the differences and similarities are seen between local and international influences of these social variables and determinants. Provide
specific examples.
III. Approach: In this section, you will sift through your personal biases, with the aim of limiting such biases in your later analysis.
A. Describe how people generally tend to talk about this social problem and how these approaches are problematic, supporting with resources. What
stereotypes, biases, and assumptions are at play?
B. Identify and reflect on your own biases and assumptions around the issue and how these may affect your analysis of the issue. Everyone has certain
preconceived notions about social issues. What are yours, and how might they influence your analysis and interpretation?
C. Explain how you will use sociological theory to limit your biases when you analyze the social problem. How can the theory help you limit your
biases? Provide a specific example.
Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Milestone One must be 2-3 pages in length (plus a cover page and references) and must be written in APA format. Use double
spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. Include at least 1-2 references cited in APA format.
Critical Elements Proficient (100%) Needs Improvement (75%) Not Evident (0%) Value
Introduction Explains the social problem and
discusses the relevance for
today’s society on a local level
Explains the social problem and
discusses the relevance for
today’s society on a local level,
but response has gaps in detail
or accuracy
Does not explain the social
problem and does not discuss
the relevance for today’s society
on a local level
10
Problem
Description: Local
Variables and
Determinants
Identifies social variables and
determinants that influenced the
development of the problem and
explains their influence on a local
level, supporting with resources
Identifies social variables and
determinants that influenced the
development of the problem and
explains their influence on a
local level, but response has gaps
in detail or accuracy, or lacks
support
Does not identify social
variables and determinants that
influenced the development of
the problem on a local level
16
Problem
Description: Global
Variables and
Determinants
Identifies social variables and
determinants that influenced the
development of the problem and
explains their influence on a
global level, supporting with
resources
Identifies social variables and
determinants that influenced the
development of the problem and
explains their influence on a
global level, but response has
gaps in detail or accuracy, or
lacks support
Does not identify social
variables and determinants that
influenced the development of
the problem on a global level
16
Problem
Description:
Variables and
Determinants
Differences and
Similarities
Explains how the social
variables and determinants
influencing the development of
the social problem vary,
depending on if the problem is
local or global, providing specific
examples
Explains how the social
variables and determinants
influencing the development of
the social problem vary
depending on if the problem is
local or global, but explanation
has gaps in detail, accuracy, or
lacks examples
Does not explain how the social
variables and determinants
influencing the development of
the social problem vary locally
and globally
16
Approach:
Stereotypes
Describes how people generally
talk about the social problem and
how these approaches are
problematic, supporting with
resources
Describes how people generally
talk about the social problem
and how these approaches are
problematic, but response has
gaps in detail or accuracy or
lacks support
Does not describe how people
generally talk about the social
problem and how these
approaches are problematic
16
Approach: Your
Analysis
Reflects on personal biases and
assumptions around the issue
and how these may affect the
analysis of the issue
Reflects on personal biases and
assumptions around the issue
and how these may affect the
analysis of the issue, but
response is cursory or illogical
Does not reflect on personal
biases and assumptions around
the issue
16
Approach: Limit
Biases
Explains how to use sociological
theory to limit bias when
analyzing the social problem,
providing a specific example
Explains how to use sociological
theory to limit bias when
analyzing the social problem, but
does not provide an example, or
explanation has gaps in detail or
accuracy
Does not explain how to use
sociological theory to limit bias
when analyzing the social
problem
10
Earned Total 100%