Sociology 101: The After Paper
Purpose: As I noted at the beginning of the term, one of the main intentions of this course is to
show you that the sociological imagination can be used to examine the human experience. Now is
your chance to demonstrate this. For this assignment, you are going to watch the same segment of
the documentary Crips and Bloods: Made in America. However, rather than being a passive viewer, this
time you are going to watch and write what you see as an engaged sociologist.
Goal: The after paper will serve as a way to demonstrate that you understand and can implement
the sociological imagination that sociologists use to examine the world around them.
Grading: The after paper counts for 20% of your final grade and will be graded out of 100 points.
1. Actively watch the portion of the documentary and watch the segment of the documentary Crips
and Bloods: Made in America. You can attend the viewing party to do this, or watch it on your own
You should focus your attention on two things during the documentary:
2a. first, select 4 key sociological concepts (people, theories, terms, etc) from our course that you
think can be useful to analyze the documentary from a sociological perspective. You must select at
least one theory from the course, the others are open for you to decide.
2b. second, take active notes about what you are seeing. This time around I want you to view it as a
sociologist. Unlike the before paper, this time you want to focus your notes towards jotting down
the evidence that you can relate to the sociological concepts that you have selected for the paper.
3. After viewing, type up a brief, yet concise, response (5 double spaced typed pages using 12pt
Times New Roman font) that analyzes what you saw during the documentary from the perspective
of a sociologist. You want to make sure that you fully explain (i.e. friend test) the sociological
concepts you selected while providing evidence from the documentary that enforces or displays or
shows it on display. In the case of theory, you may find that the documentary challenges major/
minor premises put forth. Remember there is no such thing as an infallible theory, right
Like the before paper, there are no right or wrong answers for the after paper. What is different
this time is that I want you to pick out 4 key sociological people/concepts/terms/etc. from this
term, explain them, and apply them to the documentary. Creativity is encouraged and welcomed!
The point is not to have the correct answer, but to use the material from this class to craft an
engaging and interesting assessment of the film from a sociological viewpoint. This means that
your response should be based in your unique sociological imagination while putting your critical
thinking skills on display. Some of you may see issues of power, some may pick out things about
race and ethnicity, others will see something completely different. It doesnt matter what you want
to write about, it is that you can demonstrate that you are doing it as a sociologist.
Due Date: An electronic copy of the paper is due on our onCourse page by Thursday December
1st at the start of class (i.e. 2:00pm). No late papers will be accepted!
After Paper – Grading Rubric
Target (100 points) Acceptable (70-80 points) Unacceptable (>60 points)
Content The paper superiorly identifies 4
sociological concepts, including one
theory, and exceptionally explains what
The paper suggests some
sociological concepts in the
documentary, but some of the
explanation is underdeveloped and/
or missing (28 – 32 pts).
The paper fails to suggest any
sociological concepts in the
documentary or it is severely
The paper superiorly demonstrates the
students sociological imagination in that
they analyze the documentary by
identifying segments of the
documentary that can be examined from
a sociological perspective(25 pts).
The paper mostly demonstrates the
students sociological imagination,
but some segments of the paper
were underdeveloped and/or
missing. (19 – 20 pts).
The paper failed to
demonstrate the students
sociological imagination, or it
is severely underdeveloped
The paper superiorly demonstrates
critical thought into combining the
evidence from the documentary with the
content from our classroom. (25 pts.)
The paper demonstrates critical
thought into combining the evidence
of the documentary with the content
from our classroom, but these
explanations were underdeveloped
and/or missing some explanation.
(19 – 20 pts).
The paper fails to demonstrate
critical thought into combining
the evidence of the
documentary with the content
from our classroom (<16 pts.)
Organization The paper was organized in a way which
made the content beam off the page,
meaning that the paper was excellently
organized considering the required
contents of the assignment. (5 pts)
The paper was suitably organized
considering the the required contents
of the assignment (3 – 4 pts).
The paper was minimally
organized which made it
difficult to follow throughout.
Mechanics There were limited to no grammatical,
spelling and/or punctuation errors and
transitional phrases were used to guide
the reader throughout the text (5 pts).
There was an occasional
grammatical, spelling and/or
punctuation error that did not
distract the reader (3 – 4 pts).
There were many grammatical,
spelling and/or punctuation
errors that distracted the
reader from the content of the
writing. (<3 points)