Option # 1: Theories in Sociology
It is clear that race, ethnicity, and gender are strongly correlated with social class. There are multiple theories in sociology that explain class, ethnicity, and gender.
Write a paper that includes the following:
- Choose one theory to use as the backbone of your paper, and choose two ethnic minorities in the United States to compare and contrast their experiences of social class.
- Analyze how gender is treated in these groups. Demonstrate your understanding of the ways in which religious traditions work to construct social reality for these groups.
- Evaluate how those in power aid or obstruct the assimilation process.
- Inspect the ways in which racism and discrimination affect each minority’s participation in mainstream American life.
- If you pick an American Indian group, be sure to identify their tribe and discuss their history.
- Provide support for your arguments based on both the required and recommended readings for the course, and incorporate any relevant points culled from the discussion boards.
- Week 5:Submit your Portfolio Project topic to your instructor for approval and for a grade. This is a required component of the Portfolio Project assignment and should be 2 pages in length.
- Include an introduction that provides a clear statement of your position on the topic.
- Your paper must be at 8-10 pages in length, not counting the required title and reference pages.
- The paper should synthesize current, relevant research on your topic from at least five scholarly sources. Your paper must be properly cited and formatted according to theCSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find sources!
- Offer your conclusions regarding how best to manage the issue (i.e., your informed opinion on the issues raised).
You have a preliminary deliverable for the Portfolio Project, a topic due in week 5. This assignment will be graded, so you must complete and hand in that assignment at the end of Week 5.
Final Paper Instructions:
Your paper must demonstrate what you have learned about current issues related to experiences of social class, and how the many variables we’ve discussed in this course influence society in the United States. Your paper is expected to have depth and offer a thoughtful analysis on the topic. It should be based on references to scholarly materials (rather than on introductory textbooks, popular website writings, or musings, for example). That is, support your claims with evidence.
The most common mistakes in writing an essay are: (a) simply summarizing the topic and not analyzing it or discussing your views; and (b) failing to relate the subject to the broader context of race, gender, and ethnicity, as discussed in the course and described in the readings. Adequately including the broader contexts includes, for example, considering how your research might yield a different approach to racism or discrimination.
Your final paper will be graded not only on content, but also on the quality of your writing, including syntax and grammar. It is highly recommended that you closely proofread your assignment prior to submission.