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SOC 019: Sociology of Popular Culture


You will write a critical essay addressing the cultural impact of ONE of three films that we will view in class.

Your paper will include:

  • a title sheet
  • four pages of content (five is OK if necessary)
  • a full bibliography.
  • You must cite at least FIVE sources (a minimum of which ONE must be scholarly)
  • You may use any style you choose (e.g., MLA, APA, Chicago) as long as you maintain the style consistently throughout your paper, citations, and bibliography.

You are free to begin the paper whenever you wish as it is a (personal) critical essay and should draw from but not mirror the material covered in class. I do strongly advise that you begin the paper as soon as you feel is appropriate; papers written at the last minute are always deeply flawed, no matter how well you think it may be. You need time to research your topic, devise an outline, and give yourself time to write and revise until the paper is appropriate for submission. We will have a lecture near mid-semester that will address questions that you may have about your critical essay.

Your essay is due by 4 pm on Monday, May 1st. I will be in my office from 10:00 until 2:00 and you may drop off your paper during that time. An electronic copy of your paper must also be submitted to me by the same deadline. No late papers will be accepted. You are free to turn in your paper at any point in the semester should it suit your schedule. However, if you submit a final draft early, it will act as the final paper and cannot be revised further.