Your Final Paper should include a problem statement or description of
the social problem you have selected, a discussion of the scope and
consequences of the problem, and an assessment of society’s responses to
the problem (including public policies and other less formal
responses). Papers should also present a clearly reasoned alternative
that is supported by scholarly research.
While the following example can be modified to suit your needs, using
this outline as a guide will likely result in a high quality final
Describe the social problem.
Explain why this problem qualifies as a social problem.
Indicate the sociological theory or theories that may explain this social problem.
Discuss the individual and social implications of this problem.
Your discussion of implications should be supported by accurate research
Summarize what social science experts have to say about this social problem. Are their conclusions methodologically sound?
Explain what we, as a society, have done about this problem, considering public policies and other less formal responses.
Explain how well societal efforts to solve the social problem are working.
Describe an alternative.
Discuss why the alternative is, or can be, an effective response
to the problem. Remember to consider negative consequences of the
Conclude with reflections and thoughts about your chosen social problem.
Must be five to seven double-spaced pages in length, and formatted
according to APA style
Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement