- Using the paper attached with the topic selection complete a research paper. 6-8 pages
- Introduce a sociological topic and explain its importance for understanding diversity.
- Review previous literature, highlighting key data and sociological concepts and theories that pertain to the project topic.
- Use appropriate quantitative or qualitative methods and explain the data collection process.
- Interpret findings within the context of appropriate sociological concepts and theories.
- Recommend viable policies or strategies that address the diversity issues the project discusses
- Write coherently to support a central idea in appropriate APA format with correct grammar, usage, and mechanics.
please include the following clearly labeled sections in your project. This is considered a best practice for a research project.
Introduction: In this section, you should introduce the topic and social group you are examining. This section should be a brief overview of the topic, your approach to the topic, and why this topic is important to consider from a sociological perspective. Demonstrate why your topic is of value for understanding diversity.
Literature Review: In this section, you will review the previous research and current statistical data on your topic. Include a brief overview of the history of your topic or social group in the United States, and refer to key concepts encountered in this course. Address how power, particularly power difference between dominant and minority groups, connects to your topic.
You will present relevant, reliable data that indicate any important characteristics of your chosen social group. Examples might include differences in life expectancy, differences in pay, education levels, or any other data that indicate that your group experiences discrimination at the macro level.
Be sure to use information from the course material and your outside sources to illustrate your points. You should include a minimum of five sources, one of which should include statistical data.
Methods: In this section, discuss the data collection process. Explain in detail how you collected your data (questionnaire, observation, or content analysis), the tool you used to collect this data (questionnaire, or observation or content analysis checklist), the number of subjects in your study, and where and how the data was collected. Include at least one table, chart, or graph that illustrates your findings.
Discussion, Analysis, and Theoretical Application: This portion of your project should interpret your findings. Discuss at least three important findings revealed by your project and explain what these findings tell us from a sociological perspective. In this section, refer to pertinent information from the literature review and use it to interpret your findings or analysis within a sociological perspective. In your analysis, apply at least one sociological theory covered in the course, one that you think best explains the discrimination the group has faced or patterns of dominant-minority relations the group may have encountered.
Policies and Strategies: Based on your research review, data collection, and analysis, share your suggestions regarding policies and strategies to address the issues your project raises. For example, if your project focused on gender stereotypes, explain how that knowledge can be applied to workplace policies geared toward promoting equal advancement opportunities for women. In other words, think about how the knowledge gained can be used in the job sector, education, or our personal interactions to improve relationships between members of diverse social groups or capitalize on the advantages that diversity brings.
Conclusion: This will wrap up your project. Summarize the overall lessons learned and offer any personal comments you wish to include—do this here rather than throughout the body of the paper.
If you do not want to use the data collection process and its easier to use content analysis feel free to.
OPTION 3: Content Analysis
Choose a visual medium (videos, magazines, television commercials, and so on). Keep in mind that you need approximately 15–20 observations, and choose something that is accessible and manageable (for example, watching 15–20 full-length movies or episodes of a television sitcom is too time-consuming, but examining 15–20 print or television advertisements is more feasible).