SOCIOL 496S: Sociology Honors Seminar 2

Readers needed: Professionals in sociology in a variety of areas. (see specific projects below)

  1. Course Information
  2. Schedule
  3. Giving Feedback

Course Information

Instructor: Prof. Raymond Garrett-Peters

Continuation of Sociology 495S. Honors seminar for senior sociology major. Intensive research experience including topic selection, research design, data collection and analysis resulting in substantial, original paper.

Student Writing Assignment

What are students writing? Honors thesis.
For whom? For themselves, their advisor and instructor, in the first instance, but also for whoever else might be interested in the topic. However, the thesis is not distributed, but it is stored permanently in the Duke library as a source that anyone can access.
Where would such writing typically be found? The writing is akin to academic journal writing.
Why would someone usually read it? Because they are interested in the topic.

See examples of reader bios for this course


Student – Reader Interactions

Students are responsible for contacting their reader, sending sections or full drafts of their work-in-progress, and arranging meetings to receive feedback. The coordinator will check in, but there are no specific deadlines to accomplish this.

Giving Feedback

Giving feedback is the activity around which the entire project is designed. You may have considerable professional experience giving feedback on writing — whether to colleagues, employees, or other contexts — or perhaps this is an fairly novel experience. Given the aims and nature of the Reader Project, we are hoping that our volunteers engage with student writing in a particular way–one that is quite different from what is conventionally done in other contexts.

The primary aim of the project is to help students really understand what it means to write for readers, rather than as a school assignment. Think about the following when you give feedback, whether in writing or in real time:

  • Respond as a reader rather than as an editor. (They can get basic editorial help from others.) Focus on sharing your reactions to the draft as a user of such writing. What are you thinking as you read? More