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SCO 400 Assignment 1 Topic, Rationale, and Annotated Bibliography

Due Week 2 and worth 80 points

Assume you are an investigative reporter for a major publication (magazine or newspaper) who has been assigned to research an important issues (ethnic, racial, or gender) that are evidencing problems and affecting people in a local area, workplace, or a specific part of the world. (Note: a list of possible topics is provided, but you may select another one not on the list. However, it must be approved by your professor.) Your goal will be to provide an in-depth analysis and put a human face on the issue, the problems being evidenced, and proposing changes to bring about improvement for those affected. You will report your analysis in a series of articles that the editor plans to publish in two (2) major parts:

  • Part I (Assignment 2) will focus on the history, current issues, and proposed changes.
  • Part 2 (Assignment 3) will include revisions to Part 1 (Assignment 2) and focus on the benefits and challenges of the proposed changes as well as responses to the challenges.
  • Assignment 4 will require you to provide a summary in a PowerPoint presentation for a meeting of the National Association of Journalists.

Your professor will act as your editor and provide guidance as you refine your topic area and articles.  

Assignment 1: Topic, Rationale, and Annotated Bibliography requires you to conduct preliminary research and select one topic area for the series. This part is for your editor / professor and is for background.


Possible Topics

 1.    Native American equality issues in the U.S.

2.    African-American equality issues in the U.S.

 3.    Hispanic American equality issues in the U.S.

4.    Gender equality issues in the U.S. (or specific workplace)

 5.    White ethnic American equality issues in the U.S.

6.    Gender equality issues in a specific region (another country outside of U.S.)

 7.    Jewish American equality issues in the U.S.

8.    Arab American equality issues in the U.S.

 9.    Asian-American equality issues in the U.S.

10.   Assimilation and pluralism in the U.S.

11.   Immigration issues in the U.S.

12.   Ethnicity and racial identity issues in the U.S.

13.   Ethnicity and racial issues in Brazil or South Africa

14.   Ethnicity, racial, or language issues in Canada

15.   Global issues from Chapter 16

16.   Other topics by faculty approval


Write a two to three (2-3) page paper in which you:

  1. Identify one (1) topic area you would like to research for the series of articles. (The topic area selected should involve problems for those affected.)
  2. Provide a rationale with three (3) reasons for selecting the topic area.
  3. Include an annotated bibliography of five (5) credible, reliable sources for the selected topic area.

Note: Select credible, reliable references or sources as defined by your textbook. An annotated bibliography includes a reference to the source and a four to six (4-6) sentence description about the source. More sources will be required for the other parts of series of articles or Parts 1 and 2.


Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA. The assignment must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required assignment page length. The reference page is included in the page length requirement. (Note: Websites must be associated with an organization and include the author and date. Blogs and anonymous articles are neither credible nor reliable.) 


The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Analyze various domestic and global issues surrounding changes to ethnic diversity, gender equality, global expansion, nationalism, or political conflict.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in sociology of class, gender, ethnicity, and race.
  • Write clearly and concisely about sociology of class, gender, ethnicity, and race using proper writing mechanics.



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