This research project will provide you with the opportunity to conduct a sociolo

This research project will provide you with the opportunity to conduct a sociological analysis on a topic of your choosing.  You will write a 4-6 page analysis of an issue of your choice (see suggested ideas below). For this paper, you will need to do some outside research to explore your topic and use course concepts to analyze and organize your findings.  You will need at least 3 sources. You will also need a reference page listing your sources. The length of the paper (4-6 pages) requires you to condense a lot of material, be sure that you narrow your topic down to a workable paper.
Requirements
• Your paper must be typed, double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman.
• Your paper should be between 4-6 pages in length.
• You must use peer-reviewed journal articles as your sources; failure to do so will significantly lower your grade.
• Format your citations and bibliography using APA style.
• The bibliography does not count toward the page requirement.
• You should be familiar with proper citation, as well as the appropriate use of quotations.
• Papers that excessively use quotations will lose points. Your paper should be in your own voice, which means using quotations selectively and only when necessary.
• You do not need an abstract
• You need a cover page for the paper with your name, class and section.
• Please proofread your paper.
Suggestions for Selecting a Topic
Pick a topic which you can find information easily (i.e. not something too obscure).  Choose something which you are interested — The following is a list of general subjects from which you might select a specific project topic.  This list is very general — use it to spark an idea for a specific, well-developed topic.  You need to think through how you will conduct an analysis of your particular topic, what questions you will answer, and what your specific focus will be.  Most importantly, be creative and have fun with it.
• Gender and religious participation/affiliation
• Welfare policies/reform
• Teen pregnancy
• Self-esteem and teens
• Gender images in music (rap, country, pop, folk etc.)
• Laws and Policies
• Poverty Race, Gender, or Class and the legal system
• Women in the sciences, engineering, medicine, vet medicine
• Capitalism
• Globalization
• Domestic violence
• Military (Socialization, Group Processes, Gender, Social Control)
• Health, illness, and health insurance
• School Violence
• Family Structures
• Same-sex marriage
• Race relations
• Environmental concerns, impact, mobilization
Focus and Narrow Down the Topic
Once you have selected a topic for your research paper, you need to focus and narrow it into a specific research question. Your question should be one that: l
• Ends itself to sociological analysis
• Is not a “yes” or “no” question
• Has more than one plausible answer you can get the information to answer
• Is answerable in the page length allotted
Questions to answer for your topic
• selection & description Name your topic: I am studying ____________,
• Imply your question: because I want to found out who/how/why ____________,
• State the rationale for the question and the project: in order to understand how/why what ____________.
• State how/which sociological theory provides insight to your topic.
• Identify how each article contributes to addressing your topic.
Your paper should follow a general flow, give consideration to writing your introduction, body and conclusion, however keep in mind that you may have subtopics within each.  Be sure you stay on topic and fully address your question.  It is very important that you do not write your paper as just a summary of the articles, for example, do not organize your paper and talk about each article one by one.  In other words, your paper should include the following basics:
• Define your question
• Identify why your question is important
• Outline what others have found out about your topic (gathered from your articles)
• Which sociological theory applies to the topic and explain why
You will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Criteria
Description
Points
Paper
Graded in terms of content, insight, originality, analytical skill, organization, clarity of expression, overall presentation style.
APA and Grammar
Provides APA formatted reference list of at least 3 valid and reliable sources.  Correctly used APA format, as well as correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

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