Assignment- Research Essay – Social Issues in Canadian Society

Introduction to Sociology
Research Essay – Social Issues in Canadian Society
What is the essay about? Student’s will pick one social issue in Canadian society and explore it through the use of sociological concepts and theories. Your paper should illustrate your knowledge of texts, concepts,and theories, and your ability to utilize them in critical thinking.
Essay requirements: 1. The social issue must be described.
*Who or what is being impacted? Is there a historical basis? Are there power imbalances occurring? Why is this occurring? 2. The majority of your paper will focus on analyzing the social issue using one of the three primary sociological theories (functionalism, symbolic interactionism, or critical theory), appropriate sociological concepts and other forms of evidence (i.e. statistics & interview quotes from multiple media sources).
3. Thesis statement.
*Please highlight your thesis statement.
4. Sources: Use a minimum of 1 academic source (peer review sources such as textbook chapters) AND a minimum of 2 mass media sources (new articles, podcasts, etc.).
*Lecture slides do not count towards your list of sources.
5. Essay Length: 1000 -1200 words. Must be typed using size 12pt, Times New Roman font, double spaced.
6. Format: The essays should follow a standard essay format and include components such as an introduction with thesis statement, body paragraphs, conclusion. *Section headings are allowed if needed.
7. Essays should have a title page, correct spelling, punctuation/grammar, and APA citations with a works cited page. You do not need to provide an abstract. How to get started? Three easy steps:
I suggest you start with your interests. Think about topics/modules/discussions that stood out to you. If you need inspiration, review modules and textbook chapters. Then, begin a Google search for current news articles, interviews, or podcasts. Make notes on the different perspectives and ideologies being put forth.
When you have settled on an issue, you should begin to think about what sociological concepts and theories you have learned that can help to explain the issue you are researching. Sociological concepts are found in your textbook and my lectures. Concepts help us to organize our thinking about abstract topics, and they allow us to think in terms of explanation. In this final step, thesis statements begin to emerge.
Ideas:
Economic inequalities Gender inequalitiesIndigenous issues Racism & discrimination Immigration issues & policies Impact of the Coronavirus (gender/class) Crime rates in Canada Environmental Issues DUE Date: Tuesday June 28 by 4:00 PM (PST).
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Assignment weight: 25% of final Grade.
Late Policy: Late essays will be docked one full letter grade per day. Essay must be submitted to pass the course.
Research Paper Grading Rubric
A Range
Thesis: Thesis is clear, concise, and well-structured. Thesis demonstrates high level of sociological thinking. Thesis is specific and not too broad. Contains a well-crafted argument, and how the argument will be executed. Thesis runs through the entire paper. Concepts and Analysis: Concepts are clearly mastered, appropriately applicable to their object, and are used convincingly to support the thesis. Evidence from multiple news sources is drawn upon to support thesis and use of concepts. Use of evidence is excellent and comports with the point being made. Use of sociological imagination is vibrantly evident. Writing: Writing is structurally sound, clear, concise, and well-organized. No grammatical and mechanical errors.
Format: All instructions are followed.

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