Objectives: This three-part project will give you an opportunity to
experience the beginning of a research study by conducting a literature review
of a deviance topic of your choice.The purpose of a literature review is to
inform the researcher about what the state of theory development is with
respect to his or her target study topic.This knowledge then becomes the basis
for constructing a research methodology.The project is foundational to
understanding how theory is formulated and relates directly to the first three TCOs.The
topic that you choose will relate to at least one additional TCO.
A literature review is a form of secondary research in which one
reviews and analyzes data that come from intellectual work previously done by
others in the chosen topic area.Sources of data include articles in peer-reviewed
scholarly journals, court decisions, statutes, personal narratives, government
review articles, professional publications(frequently referred to as trade
journals) in a related field of practice, newspaper articles in reputable national
daily newspapers, book chapters from academic sources, and Internet articles
from professionally credible organizations.Learning to conduct and write up a
good literature review is a valuable academic skill.
Guidelines:Your Course Project is processed
in three parts in Weeks 1, 2, and 6.These weeks are the three milestones.Always
submit the required work through the Dropboxes for the specified weeks.Look for
detailed instructions in the Assignmentspage of the specified weeks and also in
Doc Sharing for a copy of the comprehensive guidelines.
Summary of point structure for three-part Course Project
Week 1 Assignment Topic Choice 10 points
Week 2 Assignment Short Article Analysis 40
Week 5 Optional Rough
draft review none
Week 6 Assignment Literature Review 155 points
Milestone 1 (Week 1)
Topic Choice (10 points):Choose
a specific category of deviance that interests you (you are not limited to
types of deviance mentioned in the text).One good way to locate a topic is to
skim the table of contents or the subject index of our course textbook.The next
step involves searching EBSCOHost in the DeVry Online Library and credible
resources from the Internet.Did you find at least 8 or 10 articles, which would
suggest there is enough information for a literature review?If not, go through
the process with another topic.
Note 1:For Internet website credibility standards, see Doc Sharing
Note 2:This assignment will become the introduction in your literature
review due in Week 6.
Note 3:You will be using external sources of information and are
therefore required to use citations.
Note 4:You must use Microsoft Word in 10-point font.You may
single-space your content, because this is an informal document.However, when
it is incorporated into the final literature review, you will need to
double-space this content.
Product:Write a 150- to 200-word informal report.Identify the topic you
chose, describe it briefly, and report what you found out about the
availability of material for a literature review from your preliminary
Here is an example of a topic choice write-up, which contains 169
words, including the citation.
I am interested in cults, sometimes called new religion
movements, which exist on the margins of mainstream society because they have
rituals, beliefs, and practices that are different enough to be perceived by
society as threatening to social order and therefore deviant (Myers, 2010).
A Google search using the term cults resulted in 4.35 million hits.I scanned the first three
pages of links and observed that there were at least 10 websites that could
potentially be used in my project after assessing their credibility.An EBSCOHost
Basic search of Academic Search Premier using the same term resulted in
nearly 4400 hits, of which at least three on the first page appeared to be
potentially useful for my literature review.
I have concluded that there are enough information resources available
to meet the requirements for the literature review project, which specifies
that at least nine credible information resources must be reviewed, analyzed,
Myers, D. (2010).Social psychology
(10thed.).New York: McGraw-Hill.
The Topic Choice assignment will be marked as follows.
7 points (clarity
and organization of content)
points (proper APA
report document to the Week 1 Dropbox by no later than the close of Week 1 on
Milestone 2 (Week 2)
Short Article Analysis (35 points):From
your Week 1 work, you will know where to find articles about your chosen
topic.Retrieve full texts of three of these articles, including at least one
from EBSCOHost in the DeVry Online Library.The article contents are the data
for your Week 2 homework.
Note 1: You must assess the website-based articles for credibility,
and there is a link to an article explaining how to do this in the Webliography.
Note2:This assignment will eventually become the part of your
final literature review.Your References Cited section will grow as your project
Note 3:You must use Microsoft Word and double-space in 10-point
Product:Write a summary of the contents of each of the three articles, and
report the general theme or themes you have discovered.This can be done in less
than 300 words, including citations in APA format within the text and at the
end of your analysis.
Except that it is not double-spaced as will be required in your
actual assignment submission, the structure could be something like this
example about cults, which contains 270 words (inclusive of citations).
Short Article Analysis: Cults as Deviance
article about cults that I selected revealed that these organizations are
lead by a charismatic person who believes the mainstream culture is evil and
attracts followers to his or her radical ideas about an alternative
lifestyle.These followers are isolated from mainstream society by the leader
and easily influenced towards actions and beliefs that represent deviance
from established social norms (Myers, 2010, p. 271â273).The second article
that I looked at pointed out that cults will inevitably be subjected to
social control attempts by authorities because they are perceived as
dangerous to social order (Gardener, 1997).
article that I consulted was about how cult members are subjected to social
control by the cult leader; once a member of the cult, the person is expected
to be a committed advocate for the cult and demonstrate his or her loyalty,
even if that means following the leader into death (Unknown, 2000).From these
three articles, I conclude that a cult is perceived as a dangerous type of
deviant group by society and subject to interventions by authorities.At the
same time, the internal climate of the cult does not tolerate noncompliance
by members, which would represent another form of deviance from the group
norms within the cult.
M. (1997).Heavenâs gate: The UFO cult of Bo and Peep, in Skeptical Inquirer, July/August(15â17).
ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
(2000).Ugandan sect commits fiery mass suicide.The Christian Century,117(11), 386.Retrieved from
EBSCOHost database. (Document ID: 52220735).
The Short Article Analysis will be marked as follows.
10 points (explanation
of topic chosen)
20 points (analysis
and description of article contents)
points (proper use of APA format for citations)
analysis document to the Week 2 Dropbox by no later than the close of Week 2 on
(Optional):You are strongly encouraged to
create a rough draft of your Course Project and submit it to your instructor by
e-mail so that he or she can give you constructive feedback as needed.
Milestone #3 (Week 6)
Literature Review (155 points):Your
final product incorporates the work that you did in Weeks 1 and 2 into a larger
document that builds on the earlier material.
Locate not less than six additional articles from the sources
located in the overview of the project above.You may also use the Goode
textbook as one information resource.If you choose to use Internet articles,
they cannot be from dictionary, encyclopedia, or article search websites like
Find Article.Blogs, Wikipedia, and the websites of other universities are
strictly off limits, according to DeVry policy.Your literature review must thus
contain at least nine credible information resources.Remember to assess the
credibility of any Internet resource used.
Note 1:As a general guideline, it takes at least 1,000 words to
produce a satisfactory document that is worthy of the 155 points available for
this final part of the Course Project.You are free to write more if you
perceive that additional content is necessary to produce a document that is
satisfactory to you.
Note 2:Your document must be done in Microsoft Word, double-spaced,
and in 10-point font.
Note 3:CAUTION:The literature review is subject to being evaluated
for originality.DeVry instructors obtain an originality score from turnitin.com
that is used as a measure of how much of your document is your own original
writing.Conversely, it measures how much of your content is lifted moreorless
directly from the intellectual property of another person, which constitutes
plagiarism.As you know, plagiarism is a potentially serious academic offence,
so you will want to familiarize yourself again with the Syllabus in Course Home
where this is discussed.
Product:The literature review should represent your best academic writing
and work. Pay careful attention to paragraphing, sentence structure, quotation
conventions, spelling, grammar, organization, punctuation, citation protocol,
and other aspects of style and content. Remember to proofread thoroughly.
A recommended structure for your literature review would be as
length of section
Title of paper and your name
Contents of your Week 1 assignment, Topic Choice
What topic did you choose, and what is the state of knowledge
Contents of your Week 2 assignment, Short
Article Analysis, plus six additional articlesâlength as needed
Provide a description of the contents of nine articles you have
At least three paragraphs
Analysis and Findings
What are the themes in your group of articles?What theories of
deviance do they represent?
At least two paragraphs
What have you learned about your subject from your literature
Length as needed
APA format is required.
The Literature Review will be marked as follows:
10 points Content quality of introduction
35 points Content quality of article descriptions
35 points Content quality of analysis and findings
25 points Content quality of conclusions
20 points Quality of writing and editing
points Correctness of
Upload the Literature Review document to the Week 6 Dropbox by
nolater than the close of Week 6.
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