Sociology and the Real World Paper

3.13. ASSESSMENT: Sociology and the Real World Paper
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You will be required to write a 4-5 page, typed, double spaced (no larger than 12 point font, one inch margins), social issue paper about something that you have experienced. You must choose one topic from the list below.

Topic 1: Your socialization experiences as a child focusing on learned gender roles

Topic 2: Your experience with stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination (based on race, gender, culture, sexual orientation, mental health, disability — including learning disability, and/or physical characteristics)

Topic 3: Your experiences with health/health care (think about access to health care/health care costs, or health and stigma)

Topic 4: Your experiences with social stratification/social inequity and access to educational opportunities

Paper Guidelines

Your paper should include the following headings (shown in bold).

I. Introduction to Topic

Clearly identify your topic
Discuss how the issue has impacted your life
II. Overcoming/Coping

What have you done to overcome or deal with or address the issue(s)?
III. Research

What has other research found?
How has it impacted others in our society?
How have others responded to such issues?
Use three sources to answer the questions above. One reference may be your textbook. The other sources should be scholarly articles. When in doubt, ask a librarian or me. Please be sure to cite, using endnotes. Click here for endnote formatting <link is hidden> the document

IV. Theory

Which sociological theory could you apply to your experiences? (Structural Functionalism, Conflict Theory, Symbolic Interactionism) Use your book for guidance. For example, how did the chapter on gender socialization tie in theory?

Choose one of the three theories and relate it in some way to your topic. Use examples to further illustrate your understanding of the theory. Please sure to cite your textbook on the references page.
V. Website/Organization and Critique

Research various websites of non-profits, political, or educational organizations that address your topic with the idea/goal of reducing the problem on a societal level (for example, an organization created to promote gender equity/reducing the pay gap, or organizations to improve health and/or education access based on income inequality, or organizations that promote racial equality/tolerance).

Choose one website to research in-depth. Carefully explore the organization’s website.
Describe what the organization does. What are its goals?
What is one way the organization could improve? What additional resources could they offer, or what new goals should they address? Be specific. Pretend you’ve been hired by the organization to improve upon what they do. (Include the link to the website in your paper.)
VI. Conclusion

Wrap up your ideas, thoughts or ways of preventing/dealing with an issue. (Go back and read your paper and make sure any point you might have brought up has been resolved, discussed and dealt with in a clear manner.)
VII. References

List your references alphabetically (by first author’s last name) in ASA format on a separate sheet of paper. Click here for formatting a references page in ASA <link is hidden> the document

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