What is they main claim of Watkins, David (2016). “Brilliant research,” Journal of Brilliant Research, volume 1, issue #1, pp. 1-20.

Following the instructions in the powerpoint, locate an academic journal article in a social science discipline that has something to do with


First, provide the following information—the authors, title of the article, title of the journal, and year and issue number. Please use the following format:


Watkins, David (2016). “Brilliant research,” Journal of Brilliant Research, volume 1, issue #1, pp. 1-20.

Then, answer the following questions to the best of your ability:

1)      What is they main claim of the article—what does the research presented here tell us that we didn’t know before?

2)      Describe the method the author uses to demonstrate this position or argument. What kinds of data were used, and how were they used, to make the point? What are the main sources of evidence used by the author?

3)      What are the strengths and weaknesses of the article, from your perspective? What would you like to know that the author of the article doesn’t answer?

Length: The answer to question #1 can sometimes be one sentence, although other times it will require further elaboration. In some cases, the author’s main point or thesis will be made very clear, but other times the author will be more circumspect. You should always use your own words, although brief quotations may be helpful. The total length should be 600-700 words, which may include some short quotations. (Be sure to give the page number when directly quoting the author). You may answer the questions in order, or write an essay that answers all of them in an integrated manner, whichever you prefer. If you are unsure if a particular article is suitable, please feel free to send me the reference–I’ll give you a thumbs up or a thumbs down.



assignment will involve learn a bit about how social scientists organize and present their research, and finding an example, and writing up a report about it. There’s a powerpoint in resources, titled “How to Find and Use a Journal Article,” which contains some useful links you should read and explore. Also read Jordan and Zanna’s article on how to read a journal article (it focuses on social psychology, but most of the princples extend to other social science fields.) You’ll need to conduct some research and find an article and write a report about it. The only restriction is that it should be from a social science field, and it should be about some aspect of globalization. If you find an article that’s too technical or complex, don’t worry about it—just look for one that’s more approachable. (There are plenty of scholarly research articles too technical for me to understand, too.) The details will be available in assignment prompt.


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