• Introduction to Sociology
     Assignment #2  
    The Social Issue Research Paper

    The guidelines for your search are as follows:

    1.  Pick a current social issue that is of interest to you

    2.  Research the social issue!

    3.  Take notes as you research the issue!

    The assignment that you submit to Blackboard should be 2 to 3 pages long, have a header & reference page.  In addition you should explain ALL of the following subheadings!

    1.  Issue:

    a. Identify & describe the issue.

    2.  Functionalist:

    a. Explain the issue through the “eyes” of the functionalist’s perspectives 
    b. Give detailed examples.

     3.  Conflict:

    a. Explain the issue through the “eyes” of the conflict perspectives
    b. Give detailed examples.

    4.  Interactionalist:

    a. Explain the issue through the “eyes” of the interactionalist’s perspectives
    b. Give detailed examples.

    5.  Conclusion:

                a. Summaries the issue & perspectives

    This assignment will be typed in Word 2003 (or at least saved as a Word 2003 or a PDF file) and submitted through Blackboard. 

     1.  APA Format in a nutshell…

              a.     Title Page

                b.     Running Head starting in the upper left corner

                c.      Page Numbers in the upper right corner

                d.     Abstract (summary of the whole paper w/a Key Word line) page 2

                e.     In-Text Citations throughout the paper

                f.      Reference page done in APA format citing the web pages used & our text book


    Running head:  TITLE OF YOUR PAPER                                1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Title of Your Paper
                         Your Name
                 Carman-Ainsworth High
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    TITLE OF YOUR PAPER                                   2                                                        

        The abstract should a 150 words long & is the summary of the paper.  The abstract should include a summary of what you have learned, new psychological perspectives that you have gained and a general overview of your paper.

    Key words: 


                                                (Insert Page Break ) 

    TITLE OF YOUR PAPER                                                                  3


    Your actual three to five page paper.... including in text citations (Thomas, 2008) & divided in three parts w/subheadings like Functionalist, Conflict, or Interactionalist.


                                          (Insert Page Break )

    TITLE OF YOUR PAPER                                                                  6 



    Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of article. Title of Newspaper. 

              Retrieved from http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/


    Interviewee, The. (Year, Month Day). Personal interview. or Telephone interview.


    Thoams, W.L. (2008) Sociology: The Study of Human Relationships. New York, New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston



    \Social Problem Paper Rubric

    Trait:  APA Style






    Adheres to all styles: title page, double-spaced throughout, Reference page


    Adheres to almost all styles 1-2 errors in form

    Adheres to most styles; 3-4 errors in form

    Adheres to a few styles; lots of errors, 5-8

    Little form or style; Is there a style?

    Trait:  Grammar and Spelling






    No major errors in grammar or spelling


    Some errors in spelling and grammar (1-2)

    Several errors in spelling or grammar (3-7)

    Lots of errors in spelling and grammar (8-12)

    More than 12 errors, Paper not proofread



    Trait:  Content






    Very complete- all sections: Strong descriptions of the Social Problem, Functionalist Perspective,

    Conflict Perspective,

    Interactions Perspective

    Same as 5 but not as complete Missing one part or incomplete information or some inaccuracies

    Same as 5 but missing several parts to the assignment

    Incomplete and some inaccurate information.


    Very incomplete

    Less than 3 pages in length. Missing and/or inaccurate information





    Trait:  Reflection






    Shows considerable research, thought and insight

    Shows some thought and insight

    Shows thought and insight

    Little thought or insight

    What does thought and insight look like?