Here are some useful tools for students (and others). Click the links to explore or download (as the case may be):
You can find instructions on the various Assignments pages. The ones here are similar, but supplementary. They are also downloadable as PDFs. A few (such as the guide for writing outlines and the outline samples) are not found elsewhere on this website.
- Instructions for Writing Reading Summaries
- Sample Summaries:
- Summary of E.J. Hobsbawm ‘Age of Revolution’, ch 1-4, by J. Ennis
- Summary of G.R. Boyer ‘Historical Background of the Communist Manifesto’, by J. Spickard
- Summary #3 (to be posted)
- Summary #4 (to be posted)
- Summary #5 (to be posted)
- Sample Summaries:
- On Using Outlines to Understand Social Theory
- Instructions for the First Paper
- Instructions for the Second Paper (to be posted)
- Rules for Writing (a guide for Jim Spickard’s classes) 183kb PDF file
These are guides that indicate what level of work receives what kind of grade. I shall add links as I write them.
- Grading Rubric for Reading Summaries (to be posted)
- Grading Rubrics for the Two Papers
- Rubric for a draft paper (to be posted)
- Rubric for writing partner comments (to be posted)
- Rubric for a final paper (to be posted)
- Grading Rubric for Group Presentations (to be posted)
- Grading Matrices (the guides I use to indicate how well you’ve done on each of element of these assignments)
- A Social Theory Timeline
- A Partial Genealogy of Social Theorists
- a collection of theses (on the model of Karl Marx’s Theses on Feuerbach)
- A Diagrammatic Portrayal of Durkheim’s Idea of the Relationship between Modernity and the Four Forms of Suicide
Links to Outside Resources
- You can find a collection of useful links, documents, and what-have-you related to classical social theory at the Social Theory Pages. Some of the links have expired, but many work. Explore!
- “Get the MarxCard” Ten slides (in PDF) based on the twitter feed #marxcard, which stretches back at least to 2012.
- David Harvey: “The Crises of Capitalism” RSA Animates, 2010
- Russell Faeges: “Why did the Weberian Cross the Road” (from the American Sociological Association Newsletter, c. 2004).