Writing for the Social Sciences

Angela T. Ragusa

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Writing for the Social Sciences

By Angela T. Ragusa
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Students studying sociology, psychology, agriculture, education, justice studies, law, policy, media studies, mental health nursing and microbiology will all benefit from the approach of this new writing guide which uses examples from students to explore the process and practice of academic writing. This book contains a wealth of information about the ‘first steps’ in the writing process, hands-on activities, reflection opportunities and additional resources which can be accessed to gain advanced knowledge as writers surpass and exceed ‘the basics’.

Angela Ragusa is a senior lecturer and discipline coordinator in sociology and course coordinator for the BA Honours program at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga NSW Australia. Born and raised in New York City, she completed a PhD (Sociology) and two Masters (Sociology and Science & Technology Studies) degrees at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg VA and a BA (Honours, Psychology) from St Francis College in Brooklyn NY . Prior to academia Angela worked at JP Morgan, the United Nations Children’s Fund and several law firms. Having taught sociology, psychology, politics and science and technology studies at the university-level since 1997, she migrated to in 2002 and has since been employed at four Australian universities (CSU, Griffith, University of New England, Queensland University of Technology).

Angela judged the 2010 international teaching with Sakai innovation award, received two Institute for Land, Water & Society research fellowships, became chair of the campus environmental committee and received a wide range of internal and external grants. As supervisor of several honours and postgraduate students and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Rural Society, she has extensive writing and editing experience. Angela serves on the editorial board of three international social science journals in communication, management and sociology, has reviewed four undergraduate textbooks and authored over 30 academic publications. Her 2010 edited book, Interaction & Communication Technologies and Virtual Learning Environments: Human Factors highlights her interest in communication and higher education and her research publications focusing on social inequality, population and cultural change, environmentalism, consumerism, gender and sexuality and the media evidence her scholarship in social change.

Table of contents
  • 1: Introduction to writing for the social sciences
  • 2: Reviewing English language usage for effective writing
  • 3: Beginning the writing process
  • 4: The social research process
  • 5: Conducting a literature review
  • 6: Social research writing and data analysis
  • 7: Copyright, plagiarism and referencing
  • 8: Student writing for academic assessment
  • 9: Completing the package
  • 10: Learning from feedback and your future as a writer