Case Study Analysis

Second Essay Assignment: Case Study Analysis
Your second essay assignment is to analyze a case study—a book or a documentary—from the perspective
of a theoretical lens that we have covered in the first half of the class. Your analysis of the case study must
be in the form of an argument—convince the reader why your analysis is correct.
Your first draft (4 points) should be 2 FULL pages, which does NOT include your Bibliography. It is
due by 11:59 pm April 1st

Your second draft (4 points) should be 4–5 typed pages, which does NOT include your Bibliography. It
is due by 11:59 pm April 15th

. The second draft will only be graded on whether you made corrections and
improvements, whether you incorporate any theorists, and the paper’s length and formatting. You will
again be submitting the second draft to Smarthinking.
Your Smarthinking feedback (2 points) is due by 11:59 pm April 22nd

. Make sure you turn in both the
overall comments of the tutor as well as your second draft with the tutor’s inline comments (in bold and in
brackets within your draft).
Your third draft (15 points) should be 5–6 typed pages, which does NOT include your Bibliography. It
is due by 11:59 pm April 27th

Remember that late papers are marked down two letter grades for every week they are late. Keep in mind,
though, that the final draft cannot really be late because it will be turned in at the very end of the term.
You will now need to cite the sources properly starting from the first draft, using footnotes and a
Bibliography in the Chicago Style. See the “Writing Resources” module on Canvas for help,
especially the file “Citations of Case Studies in Chicago Style.”
Remember not to use any outside sources for this paper. Stay away from the Internet when writing
essays for this class.
• If turning in a hard copy, staple your paper before turning it in
• Put ONLY your Santa Fe ID number in the upper right corner of the 1st page—YOUR NAME
• Make sure there is an original title centered and in bold font at the top of the 1st page
• 1-inch margins on all sides
• Double-spaced
• Spacing should be double-spaced evenly throughout (note that your Word Processor might insert slight
extra spacing every time you hit “enter”—see the “Writing Resources” module for a link to a website
explaining how to remove this)
• Use 12-point font size for the title, the entire body of the paper, the heading “Bibliography,” and the
• Times New Roman font
• EXCEPT FOR THE FIRST PARAGRAPH (which is not indented), every paragraph should be
indented one “tab” (do not use spacebar to indent)
• Pages should be numbered at the bottom center or bottom right of each page
• Bibliography should be on its own page, with “Bibliography” centered and in bold font at the top of
the page
• Footnotes should be uniform throughout essay—single spaced, Times New Roman font, 10- or 11-
point font size, no spacing between notes

Summary of Steps of Case Study Assignment
Your first task is to choose a case study. Here are your options:
➢ The Zen Monastic Experience: Buddhist Practice in Contemporary Korea
➢ Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
➢ The Rohingya: Silent Abuse
➢ “Hajj: Stories of the Modern Pilgrimage” and “The Mecca Diaries” (you are also welcome to include
what we read from The Autobiography of Malcolm X as part of this case study)
➢ A Thousand Mothers
➢ The Poojari’s Daughter
➢ “Begin Japanology — Shinto Shrine”
➢ Devil’s Playground
➢ The Last Life of Nirmala
➢ Out of Faith
Your second task is to determine what you want to say about that case study. This will be your
argument and will make up your first draft. What you choose to argue is pretty wide open. The only
constraint is that your argument must—however loosely—come from one of the perspectives listed below.
It is critical that you understand that these perspectives are not themselves arguments, but the points of
view from which you will make your arguments. For example, if you were to choose the perspective
“Religious Experience,” you must not argue that the people in one of the case studies are having a religious
experience (after all, everything is an experience). Rather, you must make a significant claim about their
❖ Religion as a Psychological Phenomenon that Provides Meaning
❖ Religion as a Social Phenomenon within Communities
❖ Religious Experience
❖ The Sacred and Profane
❖ Religion and Economic Class
❖ Religion and Gender
❖ Religion and Violence
Your third task is to consider which theorists we have read in the course are relevant to your
argument. The theorists are there for support, not to create your argument for you—your argument should
revolve around YOUR ideas. Below I’ve listed suggested theorists that you might use for each of the
perspectives. You are not required to use any specific theorist for a particular argumentative perspective,
nor are you limited to using the theorists listed with each perspective.
❖ Religion as a Psychological Phenomenon that Provides Meaning: Freud, Geertz, James
❖ Religion as a Social Phenomenon within Communities: Durkheim
❖ Religious Experience: James, Otto
❖ The Sacred and Profane: Durkheim, Eliade
❖ Religion and Economic Class: Marx
❖ Religion and Gender: Gross, Juschka
❖ Religion and Violence: Ariarajah, Rambachan
Your fourth task is to write your second draft, attending to my suggestions and expanding upon your
first draft. Your second draft must incorporate at least one theorist to support your argument.
Your fifth task is to submit your second draft to Smarthinking, then turn in the feedback on Canvas.
Your sixth and final task is to write your final draft, incorporating the feedback from your
Smarthinking reviewer and expanding upon your second draft. Your final draft is the single most
important assignment for the class!


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