Lewis-Clark State College
Social Science 499
Professor: Eric Martin
Office Location: Spalding 310
Office Hours: T/TH 10:30-11:30; W 1:30-2:30 and by appointment
This is a senior capstone course for the social sciences. Students will be asked to complete a series of social scientific research activities that will culminate in the creation of a research portfolio and a scholarly paper that will be presented to an audience.
The paper and presentation should reflect the culmination of what the students
have learned in their previous courses, and should be of a quality that is close
to graduate level work. The course is not intended to teach students how to
research, but rather to enhance and build upon existing research skills and
to provide evidence that the students have developed substantive research skills
during the undergraduate studies.
The purposes and goals of the course include the following
understand and apply theories, concepts, and categories
read and analyze scholarly works
write a clear, concise, and organized paper
give a clear, concise, and organized oral presentation
demonstrate knowledge of one or more of the social sciences
understand and evaluate qualitative and quantitative evidence
We will sometimes meet as a full class. However, most of our interaction will be one-on-one discussions in person or via email or phone -- about individual progress on the research project. There will also be a meeting during which the students will present their research to the class and other students, staff, faculty, and interested persons.
The assignments for the course are all related to the development of a research paper and oral presentation. They are worth a total of 1050 points. Please submit assignments electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Doing so will allow for evaluating and returning assignments more quickly. Emailed assignments that are not sent to the correct email account by the deadline for whatever reason will be considered late.
The assignments and point values are as follows. Details will be provided in a separate handout. Due dates are provided below under Class Schedule (starting on p. 3).
Assignments should be turned in no later than 5:00 PM on the due date. Please also be aware that there will be a point penalty of a letter grade/day for late work. Emailed assignments that do not reach the professors inbox by the deadline for whatever reason will be considered late.
I will grade using the following scale:
93-100% = A 90-92 = A-
88-89% = B+ 83-87 = B 80-82 = B-3
78-79% = C+ 73-77 = C 70-72 = C-
68-69% = D+ 63-67 = D 62% and below = F
Class policy is the same as that of the college. As explained in the LCSC Student Handbook: Code of Conduct: http://www.lcsc.edu/studentservices/SHBcodeofconduct.htm
Cheating or plagiarism in any form is unacceptable. The College functions to promote the cognitive and psychosocial development of all students. Therefore, all work submitted by a student must represent his/her own ideas, concepts and current understanding. Academic Dishonesty includes:
a) Cheatingintentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. The term "academic exercise" includes all forms of work submitted for credit hours.
b) Fabricationintentional and/or unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or the source of any information in an academic exercise.
c) Collusion facilitating academic dishonestyintentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of Academic Dishonesty.
d) Plagiarismthe deliberate adoption or reproduction of ideas or words or statement of another person as ones own without acknowledgment.
As a rule of thumb, if you use three or more of same words in the same order as your source, you should put the words into quotations. Remember that citations are required not only when you use the same words as your source, but whenever you use information and ideas that are not your own. The main exceptions are those things considered common knowledge (such as Franklin Roosevelt was elected U.S. president in 1932).
Anyone found to have engaged in any of the above activities or related activities
will fail the course, and/or may be subject to additional sanctions imposed
by the college.
Students with a documented need for special accommodations should please consult with me by the third week of class.
[Tentative] Class Schedule
We may need to meet more/less often as a class. We won't know
until we get into it. So remain flexible. Please note that Class Meeting
means that we will meet as a whole class. The professor and students will arrange
times during the semester to meet individually to discuss the research projects.
8-23: Class Meeting
Defining and Narrowing the Topic; Research Techniques and Issues
8-25: (Thurs): Topic Proposal Due
8-30: Class Meeting
Research Techniques and Issues (cont)
9-6: No Class; Individual Meetings as Needed
Preliminary Bibliography Due
9-13: No Class; Individual Meetings as Needed
Tentative Thesis/Hypothesis Due
9-20: No Class; Individual Meetings as Needed
Disciplinary Classification Due
9-27: No Class; Individual Meetings as Needed
Analysis of Piece(s) of Qualitative Evidence and Quantitative Evidence Due
10-4: Class Meeting
Social Science Concept/Theory Discussion Due
10-11: No Class; Individual Meetings as Needed
Literature Review Due
10-18: No Class; Individual Meetings as Needed
Detailed Outline Due (Include current draft of various sections)
10-25: No Class; Individual Meetings as Needed
Updates on Research
11-1: No Class; Individual Meetings as Needed
11-8: Class Meeting
(T) Full Paper Draft Due; (TH) Peer Review Due
11-15: No Class; Individual Meetings as Needed
11-22: No Class; Thanksgiving Break
11-29: Research Presentation Review
12-8: Research Presentations and Final Paper Due