There is no midterm or final proctored examination in this course. An 8- to 12-page paper, described below, acts as your final assessment and is worth 50 percent of your grade. You may begin work on this paper at any time during the course, but you must submit it by the last day of the semester. Instructions
Your final paper should be 8 to 12 pages in length and should be on the topic listed below. Review your reading, your written assignments, and your discussion board postings. Then organize your thoughts on the listed topic. Your final assessment should be well developed and convey your understanding of the readings and concepts. It should also adequately answer the question. Your paper should be organized, coherent, and unified; it should also be free of spelling and grammatical errors. If you need help in writing such a paper, take a look at The Writing Center: University of Wisconsin-Madison. When quoting or paraphrasing from the text or other sources, be sure to cite the source of information properly according to MLA or APA guidelines (Thomas Edison State Universitys Writing Style Guides). Final Assessment Topic
Decide which contemporary theorist impresses you the most and which theorist impresses you the least. Write a detailed critical analysis in which you: Explain your chosen theorists basic assumptions, concepts, and principles (30 percent of the paper).
Compare and contrast the two theorists key ideas (30 percent of the paper).
Explain your reasons for preferring one theorist over the other (40 percent of the paper). Your reasons should be based on your critical analysis of how well each theory advances our understanding of the social world. Grading Rubric
If you are interested in knowing how your paper will be graded, click here for a Grading Rubric. It shows the standards for grading, telling you what would constitute an “A” paper, a “B” paper, and so on. Submitting This Assessment
When you have finished your final assessment, submit your project in the “Final Project” area of the course. Consult the Course Calendar for this paper’s due date. It must be submitted by the last day of the semester.