Social Scientist Research and Presentation Assignment

There have been many important Social Scientists across the disciplines throughout history.Now that you understand what each subject represents, it is important that you are familiar with some of the major players.This assignment is intended to do just that.

Step 1:Groups and Topics
In small groups (2-4) select a Social Scientist from the list below.††

Anthropology

Sociology

Psychology


The Leakey Family (Louis, Mary and/or Richard)

Margaret Mead

Franz Boas

Ruth Benedict

Marvin Harris

Sherry Ortner

Ed Spicer

Franz Boaz

Jane Goodall


 


George Herbert Mead

Karl Marx

Emile Durkheim

Irving Goffman

Max Weber

Dorothy Smith

Immanuel Wallerstein

Marlene Mackie

 


Erik H. Erikson

Jean Piaget

B.F. Skinner

Wolfgang Kohler

Howard Gardner

Sigmund Freud

Abraham Maslow

Alfred Adler

Karen Horney

Harry Harlow

Ivan Pavlov

Carl Jung

Step 2:Research and Creating a Presentation
In your groups, students will research and create a presentation (photostory, powerpoint, website) that contains the following:

         Where and when he /she lived

         Outline his / her field of research

         Contributions to the social sciences / insight that gained recognition among academics

         How he / she has helped to further the discipline (s) of sociology, psychology and or sociology

         Reflection and importance on the credibility / validity of the study to contemporary social issues

         Relevant images / graphics

Step 3:Presentation
a)Present your research presentation (photostory, powerpoint, website) to the class.This should be approximately 5 minutes.

b)Prepare a 3-5 minute infomercial or SGA designed to provide information about your chosen social scientist (infomercial= sell a fictional product that he / she could have used to assist in their studies).Remember to use music, costumes, visual aids and props!

*Note:presentations will be approximately 10 minutes in length.

Step 4:Reflective Response: Theorists and Theories Response

Consider the information that has been presented over the past couple of days.Use this information to compose a reflective response approximately 1-2 pages in length (double spaced).

Reflective Questions

1.      Compare your theorist to another in the same discipline. How do their theories ††differ? How are they similar?

2.      Consider which theories discussed still hold true today. Can they help to explain modern social situations? Give examples to support your opinion.


RUBRIC:Social Scientist Research and Presentation Assignment

Criteria

Level 4

Level 3

Level 2

Level 1

A. Research & Content

Knowledge / Understanding

 

- Exceptional research / content that is detailed, critical and intricately tells a story of the social scientist and his / her contributions

-solid research that is has good details and attempts to tells a story / give information of the social scientist and his / her contributions

- adequate research that is has some detail and gives preliminary information of the social scientist and his / her contributions

- research lacks depth. Did not extend past a cursory level of research.

B. Reflective Response

Thinking Inquiry/
Communication

 

- exceptional written summary / reflection of the theorist and theories with excellent comparisons, analysis and applications to modern social trends

- well written summary / reflection of the theorist and theories with solid comparisons, analysis and applications to modern social trends


- adequate written summary / reflection of the theorist and theories but more critical comparisons, analysis and applications to modern social trends

- poor written summary / reflection of the theorist and theories
-lack of comparisons, analysis and applications to modern social trends

C. Presentation (photostory, website, powerpoint) & Infomerical

Application

 

- The presentation is exceptionally organized.
- A superb blend of text, images and design.
- Professional appearance.
-infomercial is very creative and effectively showcases the social scientistís contributions with music, props and costumes

- The presentation is well organized.
- Good blend of text, images and design.
- Clean organized appearance.
-infomercial is creative and showcases the social scientistís contributions with music, props and costumes

- The presentation has some unorganized elements
- Lack of balance between text and images.
- Appears elementary
-infomercial is somewhat creative and attempts to showcase the social scientistís contributions with some use of music, props and costumes

- The presentation is disorganized.
- All elements not apparent
- Information is lost in a poor design.
-informercial lack creativity and planning and does not effectively showcase the social scientistís contributions