A sociologist must be able to analyze racial and ethnic differences in
different national contexts. Race and ethnicity are constructed differently in
different places and at different times. For example, in the U.S., race is
defined in a way such that two children with the same biological parents cannot
possibly be of different races. In contrast, some countries, such as the
Dominican Republic, define race in a way that would allow for siblings (born of
the same parents) to be placed into different racial categories. In order to
develop this skill, you will select a particular country and analyze the ethnic
stratification within that society. For this assignment, you must focus on
ethnic stratification and conflict, including evidence of prejudice and discrimination.
In addition to a description of the selected society and its ethnic groups,
include an analysis of similarities and differences in the society’s ethnic
stratification system as compared to the United States.
You may select one of the countries on the CIA World Factbook website
for comparison to the United States in terms of the ethnic stratification
The following information should be included in your timeline:
- Describe the selected country's society, focusing on
ethnic groups, stratification, and conflict.
- Provide examples of the ethnic problems in that
society, including evidence of prejudice and discrimination.
- Discuss what the experts say about ethnic problems (or
ethnic harmony) in the selected country’s society.
- Compare the selected country's society society in the
United States. Evaluate similarities and differences related to ethnic
groups, stratification, and conflict, using specific examples gathered in
- Conclude with reflections and thoughts about ethnic
groups and the societies in which we live.
Academic research papers must meet certain standards of quality recognized by
the academic community. What constitutes quality, academic research?
- Primary (original) sources written by experts in the
field of study.
- Secondary sources supported by research in primary
- Credible sources (experts in the field; well-known
theorists; sources which use primary and secondary sources to support
- Relevant research (materials are pertinent to the area
- In graduate work, the use of peer-reviewed journal
articles (journal articles reviewed by recognized experts in the relevant
field of study) is required.
- Educational and government websites (those ending with
a web URL suffix of .edu or .gov) may be appropriate in some cases but
should be evaluated carefully.
The paper must be eight to ten pages in length, formatted according to APA
style, and include a title and a reference page (which does not count towards
the page length). Support your points with examples from the text and at least
seven scholarly sources, three of which can be found in the Ashford Online
Library. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford
Writing Center, within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation
Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:
- Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length, and
formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing
- Must include a title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Student’s name
- Course name and number
- Instructor’s name
- Date submitted
- Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a
succinct thesis statement.
- Must address the topic of the paper with critical
- Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
- Must use at least seven scholarly sources, including a
minimum of three from the Ashford Online Library.
- Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in
the Ashford Writing Center.
- Must include a separate reference page, formatted
according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.