Feb 27th, 2014
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Thesis Statement:  Crime is defined as an act that is against the law or an act that is foolish or wrong. (Crime) Who determines the severity of these punishments and by what means? Social status, income, and political standing could influence crime punishment.

Assignment 1.3: Investigate a Social Issue Draft
Due Week 8 and worth 120 points

Faculty Note: Students will turn in this assignment twice: first as a draft (Week 8 Assignment) and then as a final paper (Week 10 Assignment). Students will submit first draft of the assignment and then submit the final draft after receiving feedback from the professor and making the recommended changes. They will be graded separately for each submission of the assignment.

You have already developed a thesis statement and developed an outline in which you explored three (3) main points relevant to your topic of interest. Now you will develop a draft paper in which you explore your main points in detail.

Write a three to five (3-5) page paper in which you:

  1. Introduce your paper with your previously crafted thesis statement.
  2. Describe how your issue fits into the field of sociology.  Determine the sociological theories and terminology from the text that apply to your social issue.  (Note: Link back to the main points described in the outline.)
  3. Discuss what is known and unknown about your particular issue. (Note: Link back to the main points described in the outline.)
  4. Discuss the value of sociological research into your issue.  Determine whether or not there are (or would be) practical implications of sociological inquiry.  (Note: Link back to the main points described in the outline.)
  5. Use three (3) credible sources and APA citations where appropriate.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Evaluate the various methodologies for sociological research.
  • Apply the sociological perspective to a variety of socioeconomic and political problems.
  • Critically examine how society shapes individuals and how individuals shape society.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in sociology.
  • Write clearly and concisely about sociology using proper writing mechanics.

Click here to view the grading rubric.

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