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Whatever you choose, you need to be able to write a specific thesis statement that says which perspective you are using, and what you are going to demonstrate in your paper.

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Analytical Paper – SOC 101
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100 total points
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(due by 11:59 pm on 11/15/2022)
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The writing assignment for this semester requires you to apply one of the major sociological perspectives to the understanding of a contemporary social issue. This is an academic paper, and not a personal essay or a summary of a topic. An in-depth analysis applying sociological theories that explain human behavior is required.
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In this class, we review three major theoretical perspectives: the functionalist perspective, the conflict perspective, and the symbolic interactionist perspective. You are tasked with using ONE of these theoretical perspectives and five corresponding theories and concepts covered in class to provide a sociological explanation on a contemporary topic of interest to you.
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Paper requirements
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• 7-10 pages
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• Double Spaced
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• APA or MLA style. These styles have very specific writing requirements. They outline the format of a paper, the in-text citations, the way the reference list should be presented, the font, the headings, and the cover sheet. You will need to spend time familiarizing yourself with one of these styles to meet the requirements for this paper.
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The topic you choose will need to be a specific social issue (e.g., the wage gap between men and women in America). Whatever you choose, you need to be able to write a specific thesis statement that says which perspective you are using, and what you are going to demonstrate in your paper.
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List of Acceptable Topic Areas (These are topic areas, not topics. You will need to narrow your discussion further to meet the criteria for the assignment).
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Culture
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Socialization
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Groups
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Deviance
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Social Class
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Income Inequality
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Families
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Race and Ethnicity
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Gender
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Example of Specific Topic (Deviance): Examining the sociological theories and concepts that explain why Latino Americans are overrepresented in United States Federal Prisons.
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Instructions
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Once you have picked a topic of interest, select one of the theoretical perspectives that sociologist use to explain the social world (i.e., functionalism, conflict, or symbolic interactionism), formulate a thesis, apply (at least) five concepts/theories covered in class that support your thesis, and a conclusion section that discusses how all of the theories and concepts you discussed in your paper inform a deeper understanding of the topic you chose.
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A thesis statement is one or two sentences that clearly outline the main idea of your paper. A thesis statement makes an argument, such as that a social condition is a result of specific factors, or that a certain perspective is the best way to analyze a social condition. Having a strong thesis statement is necessary to control the ideas within the paper. It is not merely a topic. It reflects an opinion or judgment that a writer has made based on the material covered in the paper.
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Be sure to use one of the three theoretical perspective (See Chapter 1) to organize your argument in your paper. A detailed explanation of your perspective is necessary to help guide the concepts and theories you apply throughout your paper. Include a cited definition, and an explanation of the specific details (with proper citation) associated with your perspective early on in your paper, so that the later part of your paper can focus on your conceptual analysis.
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A concept is an idea, variable, theory, or scientific finding that is clearly defined, studied, and used within the field of sociology. Basically, every definition, theory, or term used in class can serve as a concept. You will need to clearly identify the concept, provide a cited definition, and explain how it supports your thesis, from the theoretical perspective that you chose. For this portion of the paper, I expect to see a thorough discussion of the five sociological concepts used to argue your main points. The discussion of these concepts needs to be more than definitions of what the concept means. It is expected that you use sociological theories from class and your readings to support your overall thesis in your paper. You are also expected to provide specific, documented examples, statistics or studies from your textbook or the literature to support your application of the concept to your topic. This is not a personal essay, so you should not make up hypothetical examples or use anecdotal/personal stories as evidence.
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At the end, you must write a conclusion that summarizes how the material you covered informs a deeper understanding of the topic. Here, students are expected to synthesize the material presented in a manner that articulates how it informs the conclusion about the main topic discussed throughout the paper.
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You are not required to provide additional sources outside of your book; however, it will be very difficult to earn a really good grade without additional resources. You are expected to support any factual claims in your paper with appropriate (academic) source citations. Failure to cite sources for other people’s ideas is called plagiarism, is a violation UNR’s academic honesty policy, and may result in a 0 for the assignment.
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Grading:
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This paper will be graded as follows:
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Introduction: Clear introduction, background on topic, explanation 15 points
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of how sociology will help to understand the problem, and a clearly
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identifiable thesis statement.
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Theoretical Perspective: A detailed explanation of theoretical perspective you use to write your paper and select your concepts.
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20 points
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Five Related Concepts: Each concept must be identified, defined with a proper citation, and explicitly tied to the thesis, and the theoretical perspective, and related to relevant concepts from class.
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50 points
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Conclusion: Summarize how the perspective taken and the concepts used provide a deeper understanding of your topic.
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5 points
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Writing: style, grammar, spelling, appropriate source citations, and
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fact checking.
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10 points
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100 points
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Turning in the Paper:
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Your paper must be turned in on Web Campus, and it MUST be a MICROSOFT WORD document, in .doc or .docx file format. No other paper formats will be accepted or graded. It is your responsibility to ensure your paper is in the correct file format, and is turned in properly 11:59 pm on the due date. Late papers will be penalized 5 points per day. Double check the submission on Web Campus to make sure that it says the file has been submitted, and that you see the file uploaded to the assignment.
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Note: Please feel free to contact your instructor or TAs if you have any questions.

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