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SOC 400 Assignment 2 Part 1 – History and Current Issues with Proposed Changes

Due Week 5 and worth 160 points

Write this part as an investigative reporter for a major publication (magazine or newspaper) who has been assigned to research important issues (ethnic, racial, or gender) that are causing problems and affecting people in a local area, workplace, or a specific part of the world. Your goal will be to provide both an in-depth analysis and put a human face on this issue by writing a series of articles that the editor plans to publish in two (2) major parts. Assignment 2, or Part I of your investigative report, will focus on the history, current issues, problems caused by the issues, and proposed changes.

(Note: Remember that Part 2 should include revisions to Part 1 (based on feedback from your editor / professor) and focus on the benefits and challenges of the proposed change(s) 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.  

 Write a 5-6 page (or 1,300 to 1,400 words approximately 275 words per page) paper in which you:

  1. Introduce the topic area with a quote, question, and / or statistic (from your credible sources) with an overview and a thesis statement in the first one to two (1-2) paragraphs. (Grab the reader’s interest.)
  2. Explain three to five (3-5) major historical factors (social events / attitudes, wars, laws, economy, political environment, etc.) in the past 50 to 100 years that have contributed to the current issue(s) and problems for this topic area. 
  3. Analyze three to five (3-5) major current issues / problems (economic, social, political, legal, etc.).
  4. Describe one to two (1-2) people affected by the issue / problem, including two to three (2-3) quotes and / or paraphrased comments from the person(s) (from your reliable sources).
  5. Propose two to three (2-3) changes (economic, social, political, legal, etc.) that could possibly improve the situation. (Changes can be proposed and extracted from examples from other countries, localities, or workplaces that you found in your reliable sources.)
  6. Include three to five (3-5) credible and reliable references in addition to the textbook.

 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 and the reference page are not included in the required page length.
  • Title this section Part 1 – History, Current Issues, and Proposed Changes.

 

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.

Note: Depending on the student’s selection of topic, the outcome measured might include one of the following:

  • Explain the basic concepts and terms involved in the sociological study of race and ethnic relations.
  • Describe the history and current status of ethnic stratification in the U.S.
  • Analyze the sociological and psychological rationale for theories of racism and prejudice.
  • Analyze variables involved in assimilation, pluralism, and the typology of multiethnic societies.
  • Examine various social, political, and economic factors pertaining to immigration that influenced the development of an American ethnic hierarchy.
  • Analyze key issues related to gender.
  • Analyze issues surrounding the history, dynamics, and status of specific U.S. ethnic groups, such as Native, Hispanic / Latino, Asian, White Ethnic, Arab, and / or Jewish Americans.)

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