The final aspect to the course will consist of a written assignment that is both Subjective and Objective in Approach (S.O.A.). This assignment is designed to maximize your learning by applying concepts to “real-life” situations. The student will choose a topic within the field of Race and Ethnicity to research and approach (for example: Discrimination, Prejudice, Immigration, Homophobia, Stereotyping, Assimilation, Scapegoating, White Privilege, Labelling, Stratification, Segregation).
The following instructions for the written assignment paper are designed to maximize your learning by having the student apply theory and concepts that you are currently studying.
This written assignment (approximately six to seven pages in length) will contain (3) sections of
approximately (2) pages in length (and shall be labeled as such):
(1) Subjective: describing your relationship to race and ethnic relations dynamic (what was / is your
experience with the topic?). Be sure to describe, in detail, your experience of the chosen topic
from a subjective approach. Note that no identifying markers of subjects involved shall be
presented (names, addresses, etc.) when describing the experience(s).
(2) Objective: researching the social problem topic that you have chosen. The student must cite a
minimum of two different (excluding the Schaefer textbook ) academic articles or
publications (references may include the Schaefer text). All references must be
listed on a References page. APA style of writing is encouraged, but any standard form is
(3) Approach: analyzing (or approaching) the Subjective via the Objective. The final two pages will
consist of applying theory and / or concepts to your experience of race and ethnicity. It is
essential that you apply the various theories / concepts presented in the course. In short, do
theories / concepts help to explain your subjective experience? If so, in what way(s)? If not, in
Topic The (S.O.A.) paper topic must be a race and ethnic topic, keeping in mind that
the student must have personal (subjective) experience with the chosen topic being approached (e.g.
Discrimination, Prejudice, Immigration, Homophobia, Stereotyping, Assimilation, Scapegoating,
White Privilege, Labelling, Stratification, Segregation)
Due Date Monday, April 24, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. / I will not accept papers after this date. The
(S.O.A.) assignment should be submitted to Turnitin under Assignments tab (as an attachment).
Grading: The Subjective-Objective Approach assignment (S.O.A.) will be graded on the following rubric:
(1) subjective presentation (description of race / ethnic dynamic)
(2) objective presentation (research of race / ethnic topic)
(3) approach presentation (utilization of sociological terminology / theory)
(4) appropriateness of references
(5) number of references
(6) length of (6 – 7 double-spaced pages)
(7) writing of (grammar, syntax, spelling, etc)
A total of 200 possible points may be attributed to the S.O.A. paper requirement