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soc 400 Assignment 4 Summary of Issues and Proposed Changes

Due Week 10 and worth 100 points

As described in the assignments, the articles were to be written as if you were an investigative reporter who has been assigned to research important issues (ethnic, racial, or gender) that are affecting people in a local area, workplace, or a specific part of the world. The articles are for a major publication (magazine or newspaper). Your goal was to provide both an in-depth analysis and put a human face on this issue with the series of articles. After publication, your editor has asked that you provide a summary in a PowerPoint presentation for a meeting of the National Association of Journalists so the members can determine if the series should win one of its top-three prizes for investigative reporting.

On-ground  students will present their summary in week 10 and week 11 if needed. Online students will share their summary presentation in week 10 through a threaded discussion.

Develop a ten to twelve (10-12) slide PowerPoint presentation in which you:

  1. Introduce the topic area with a quote, question, and / or statistic with an overview and a thesis statement. (Grab the audience’s interest.)
  2. Highlight 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) / problems for this topic area. 
  3. Highlight 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 one to two (1-2) quotes and / or paraphrased comments from the person(s).
  5. Propose two to three (2-3) changes (economic, social, political, legal, etc.) that could possibly improve the situation.
  6. Highlight two to three (2-3) likely challenges (economic, social, political, legal, etc.) to achieving the proposed change(s).
  7. Provide a brief logical response to each of the challenges. 
  8. Highlight two to three (2-3) possible benefits (economic, social, political, legal, etc.) that could be realized following the proposed change(s).
  9. Include two to three (2-3) thought-provoking questions to which classmates should be asked to respond.
  10. Provide a summary of the articles you have written that includes a quote, question, and / or statistic, along with a call for readers to respond by taking some specific action.
  11. Include commentary notes for the presentation in the notes section of the PowerPoint.
  12. Include meaningful headings, short bulleted lists, and two to four (2-4) visuals (photographs, charts, and / or graphs.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Format the PowerPoint presentation with headings on each slide and three to four (3-4) relevant graphics (photographs, graphs, clip art, etc.), ensuring that the presentation is visually appealing and readable from 18 feet away; references must follow APA. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include an introductory slide containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover slide and the reference page are not included in the required slide length.
  • Follow these directions for submitting the PowerPoint:
    • Submit your PowerPoint to the Week 10 Course Project dropbox (or other area designated by your professor.)
    • Post your PowerPoint to the PowerPoint Activity Assignment link and provide a short introduction.
    • Review at least one (1) other classmate’s PowerPoint Presentation and post a response indicating what you learned by identifying two (2) specific points that were made in the presentation.

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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