Exploring a Sociological Issue

SOCIOLOGY ASSIGNMENT You may submit a paper that explores a sociological issue.  Your social issue topic must come from the list below.  Please read this document in its entirety as it contains all the details you need to complete this assignment successfully.  You must write your paper using the instructions below.  Failure to do so will result in loss of points. Paper Format: 1. This paper should be no less than five pages (5 pages) for full credit.  2. References: You must include a minimum of four sources and your reference page should begin on Page 6 of your paper.  You may refer to your text but it will not count as one of the four required sources.  3. The format of your paper must include 12 point font size, double-spacing, and 1″ margins.  4. What to write about – Students should choose a topic from one of these categories: immigration; criminal justice; racial discrimination; transgender discrimination; gender pay inequality; education equity; or health equity. If you would like to write on a different topic, please email me for permission. Utilize one sociological theory from your textbook to help prepare an informative analysis of your social issue.  Those theories are Symbolic Interaction; Functional Analysis; and Conflict Theory or Feminist Theory.  How to structure your paper w/point value: I. Introduction: Provide a topic description  – How would you define the social issue or challenge?  Why did you choose this topic?  Why it is important? (5 points)  II. Background of Social Issue: What are the current statistics on this topic? Which populations are impacted? (10 points)  III. Applying a Sociological framework: Why is it important to be able to address the problems associated with this issue from a sociological perspective? Please refer to the textbook/research/your OWN understanding. (15 points)  IV. Theoretical Analysis: Which theory do you believe provides an appropriate analysis of the issue? (20 points)  V. Research: What three articles, books, magazines, journals will you include in the discussion of your topic?  (Examples can come from newspaper articles, scholarly journals, books, sociology textbooks, online news sites like CNN, FOX, MSNBC, NPR etc.).   VI. Reference Page or Bibliography. This must be done using a scholarly format (APA or MLA). (15 points) IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU CITE EACH REFERENCE IN YOUR PAPER AND LIST EVERY REFERENCE ON PAGE FIVE OF YOUR PAPER FOR FULL CREDIT.  Each numbered item described above must be included in your paper in order to receive maximum credit.  If you have questions about this assignment please notify me immediately. This paper is worth 75 points.

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