March 16, 2020 in class (Feb 24 for feedback)
this assignment, you will complete an assignment based on one episode from the Netflix ‘Rotten’
series (excluding The Peanut Problem and
High on Edibles). Your assignment
should demonstrate an understanding of key ideas and the ability to address
those in terms of sociological concepts. To do this, you will use your sociological
imagination to analyze how your commodity is produced, distributed &
consumed in a global world to make clear how social forces & structures
create these circumstances.
your work should be evidence-based, you will talk about the specifics of the
episode, but also link that with other research sources. Your assignment should
cite at least three outside scholarly
sources in addition to using textbook material. You should make reference to
specific points made in the movie, and when you do so, please identify the time
where that clip is mentioned in brackets. For example, you might write
something like this: One commentator points out in Cod is Dead that it’s unthinkable that humans have essentially all
of the cod out of the sea within a century (3:42).
your assignment submission, use the following three subheadings [each explained
below with a word count range]: (1) Description; (2) Analysis & Literature
Review; (3) Lessons & Conclusion
this section, you will summarize the problem outlined in the episode. What is
the episode about? What are some of the main challenges being discussed? Why is
this important…what’s at stake? You should try to be succinct, but provide
sufficient detail to make the overview clear for the reader. Recommended word
& Literature Review
this section, you will link the issues highlighted in the previous section with
literature on the topic. Specifically, how do scholars help us to make sense of
this problem? You want to use the sociological imagination to provide a bigger
picture understanding of the world. You could consider such questions as: what
contributed to these circumstances?; how does globalization offer opportunities
& cause challenges; what are the underlying causes?; how have governments
have acted to make these circumstances possible?; what are the impacts on our
lives, including health, livelihoods, environment, communities;; etc.
should reference at least three
outside sources that explain the social systems shaping this phenomenon.
Recommended word count: 1000-1250 words.
this section, you should identify one or two strategies you believe would be
effective in addressing some of the negative aspects of this issue. You may
reiterate examples discussed in the episode, but you must also refer to
additional resources to discuss these further. Recommended word count: 300-500
assignment must be research- and evidence-based. You should write it in
paragraphs using properly structured, full sentences. While the tone is formal,
you’re invited to use the ‘first person, ‘I’’ in your writing.
need to hand in a typed copy of the assignment. The work must be original and
written by you. Don’t forget to reference ideas that you borrow from others as
failing to do so is an academic offense. You should use in-text citations and
include a separate section for the bibliography at the end using APA style.
Copying and citing class material is not permitted; use the textbook instead to
draw on course ideas.
ensure your assignment includes a title, your name, student number, my name,
& the course name.