This assignment requires students to listen to a podcast episode each week that relates to assigned readings for the week. Students may select an episode from New Books in Sociology (https://newbooksnetwork.com/category/sociology/), New Books in Gender Studies (https://newbooksnetwork.com/category/gender-studies/), The Social Breakdown (https://www.thesocialbreakdown.com/), The Annex Sociology Podcast (http://sociocast.org/annex/), or Untenured Tracks (https://untenuredtracks.podbean.com/).
The weekly reviews will be approximately two-pages in length (not including title page or references). An essential feature of a good audio review is the reviewer’s ability to write concisely so that a comprehensive evaluation of the podcast episode can be obtained from a brief reading of your writing. So, do not write more, write more concisely – find creative ways to connect material from the course to your critical evaluation of the podcast episode in a short review.
The point of a review is not to summarize what you listened to, but to identify the merit of the episode and to critically evaluate what was said by the podcast host and their guest by using peer-reviewed content (i.e., journal articles or your course textbook) to support your argument. Hence, the bulk of the body of one’s review essay will be a summary of what you listened to (as it pertains to the assigned readings for the week) and a critical evaluation of the podcast episode.
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