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Analyze a current event from a sociological perspective.  Explain how the selected event(s) are relevant to human society.  Apply sociological concepts and theory to a contemporary Canadian social issue.  Demonstrate how topics and ideas from sociology can be used to help us understand social issues in a new or different way. Directions 1. Select a story or issue that has been in the news (also known as current events). - The story must relate in some way to topics, themes, or other material covered in Introduction to Sociology. - The story must be relevant to Canadian society. - The story should be no more than three years old. 2. Write a four-to-six-page paper (double-spaced, not including title page or reference list). The paper will examine your selected topic from a sociological perspective. Your paper should include the following sections: a. Introduction (approximately 0.5 pages) The introduction should provide background on your selected news story and state what you will be covering in your paper. In a few sentences, describe the current event in your own words (e.g., what happened? What does the reader need to know in order to understand this story?). Also provide a preview of what material from the course you will use to help the reader understand more about this current event. b. Body (3-4 pages) The purpose of the paper body is to demonstrate your ability to use sociology to gain a deeper understanding of your selected story. The body should be broken up into four sections (about 1 page each), where you will discuss your current event in relation to: - Three sociological concepts. A ‘sociological concept’ is an idea or term to describe something in society. o For each concept, you should 1) explain what the concept means, and 2) show how the concept can be used to better understand some aspect of the news story. o Each concept can come from any chapter of the textbook. - One sociological theoretical paradigm. o A ‘sociological theoretical paradigm’ is a basic image of society that guides thinking and research. o Pick one of the three theoretical paradigms discussed throughout the textbook: Structural Functional; Social Conflict; or Symbolic Interaction. o For your selected paradigm, you should 1) briefly explain some of the central ideas of the approach, and 2) show how the theoretical paradigm can be used to better understand the news story. **Hint: Discuss the concepts and theoretical paradigm as if the person reading the paper has never taken a sociology course. c. Conclusion (approximately 0.5 pages) The conclusion should succinctly wrap up your discussion. Summarize your key points and reflect on what can be learned using a sociological perspective to look at this story. Comment on how or why this matters for our lives in Canada. Please note that this not an opinion paper. You may state your own beliefs in the conclusion, but overall the paper must remain objective. Guidelines At least three peer-reviewed sources must be used. You may use the textbook as one of these three sources. Peer-reviewed sources do not need to be from Canada; however, all sources must provide insight into the issues from your news story and/or the course material used in the paper. Check with your instructor if you are not sure whether a source would be considered acceptable. Proper APA citations must be provided for all sources. Because this assignment is about events that have been in the news, please also include one or more references to the news story you are discussing. You must also cite any additional sources you use for information included in the paper Papers that are missing a reference list or in-text citations will not be graded. All papers will be checked to ensure academic honesty. Papers must adhere to the APA formatting guidelines.
Analyze a current event from a sociological perspective.  Explain how the selected event(s) are relevant to human society.  Apply sociological concepts and theory to a contemporary Canadian social issue.  Demonstrate how topics and ideas from sociology can be used to help us understand social issues in a new or different way. Directions 1.
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October 21, 2016
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