The paper should include a problem statement or description of the social problem “Discrimination in the United States”, a discussion of the scope and consequences of the problem, and an assessment of society’s responses to the problem (including public policies and other less formal responses). The paper should also present a clearly reasoned alternative that is supported by scholarly research.
While the following example can be modified, using this outline as a guide is preferred for a high quality paper:
1.Title “Discrimination in the United States”
2.Describe the social problem.
3.Explain why this problem qualifies as a social problem (conflict theory proving it is a social construct
4.Indicate the sociological theory or theories that may explain this social problem.
5.Discuss the individual and social implications of this problem. Your discussion of implications should be supported by accurate research data.
6.Summarize what social science experts have to say about this social problem. Are their conclusions methodologically sound?
7.Explain what we, as a society, have done about this problem, considering public policies and other less formal responses (education programs, legislation, etc…)
8.Explain how well societal efforts to solve the social problem are working.
9.Describe an alternative.
10.Discuss why the alternative is, or can be, an effective response to the problem. Remember to consider negative consequences of the alternative response.
11.Conclude with reflections and thoughts about your chosen social problem.
Writing the Paper
1.Must be five to seven double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style.
2.Must include a title page with the following:
a.Title of paper “Discrimination in the United States”
3.Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
4.Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
5.Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms the thesis.
6.Must use at least five scholarly resources.Several examples to be used are as follows:
- Korgen, K. & Furst, G. (2012). Social problems: Causes & responses. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
- U.S. Department of Education. (2015). Title IX and Sex Discrimination. Retrieved from https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/tix.dis.html
- National Organization for Women. (2017). Timeline of Major Actions and Accomplishments. Retrieved from http://now.org/about/history/timeline-of-major-act…
7.Must document all sources in APA style.
8.Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style.