Social Problems Paper Instructions
For this research paper, students are to write an essay (at least 1000 words long) on a social problem that relates to one of the sociological theories reviewed in this course: symbolic interactionism, class conflict theory, or functional analysis. A cover page, reference page, and citations, all required in the paper, must adhere to current APA formatting standards.
Complete the following for the Social Problems Paper:
Students should write an essay on a current social issue of their choice such as homelessness, abortion, gang violence, the culture of poverty, teen pregnancy, etc. Students should contact their instructor if they are unsure if a topic qualifies for this assignment. The ultimate goal of this paper is to discuss the causes and context of a social problem, as well as to provide potential remedies for it in general society and from the Christian worldview.
The first portion of the assignment should address students’ own personal observations of the issue, with anecdotal examples. A detailed discussion should be provided by students on the topic concerning how society and the Church each address the issue (or not) and how each one provides support (or not). One supportive primary APA citation (or more) is included in this section, which should be approximately 500 words long.
In the last part of the assignment, students are to objectively analyze the issue utilizing scholarly sources such as the textbook, and explain how it relates to one of the three main sociological theories discussed in this course (symbolic interactionism, class conflict theory, or functional analysis). One supportive secondary APA citation (or more) is included in this section, which should be approximately 500 words long.
This assignment will be submitted through SafeAssign in order to check for plagiarism and the validity of work. Refer to the grading rubric for specific grading criteria. Word count is to be noted at the end of the assignment. Students should consider utilizing Liberty University Writing Center to assist in writing the paper.
Submit this assignment by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 5.