Topic: Major Assignment 1
General idea: Define a specific social problem and briefly review existing solutions to fix this problem (with sources)
Getting ready: During this course, you will choose one social problem to work with for the remainder of the course. Each of the major assignments will be based on that problem. If you are not sure what constitutes a social problem, consider this definition.
A social problem is a condition that impacts the lives of many people, and is perceived as negative. Not every concern is considered to be a social problem. There are four generally accepted benchmarks which must be met in order for a concern to be labeled as a social problem.
For example, some people find body art concerning. They cite the permanent condition of the art, the lack of acceptance in some circles, and the poor way that body art ages. However, it does not meet the four conditions identified above, so it is not considered a social problem.
Now that you understand what a social problem is, what should you do?
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Choose a social problem that interests you. You may choose from the list in the first week or you may research and find another. Be CERTAIN that you care about this topic because you will be working with it all term.
Email Dr. Lisa by this Sunday night to get approval for the topic.
Research and learn:
Take the information you gathered for Step 3 and turn it into a documented essay (also known as Major Assignment 1). This essay is what will be turned in for a grade.
The essay should have the following section headings within the paper:
The essay will be approximately 3 -4 pages. I will not mark down if you go over the page limit, but I will read very carefully if you are substantially under the suggested 3 - 4 page limit. If you already know how to document a paper with sources, please do so and include your list of sources at the end. If you are not sure how to document the paper, just include the source right next to the fact that you are using