Introduction to Social Problem Essay
Answer the following prompts in an essay format:
First, select a social problem to analyze throughout this course. You may select from the list or come up with a social problem you wish to analyze:
Inequity in the workplace
Remember, you will use your selected social problem to complete other assignments throughout this course.
In an essay (500-750 words), cite one scholarly source from the GCU library in addition to the textbook and complete the following:
Describe your selected social problem in its social context.
Use your sociological imagination to explain how the selected social problem is influenced by society.
Select the theoretical perspective(s) (functionalist, conflict, and interactionist) that best aligns with the social problem you’ve selected to analyze in this course.
Explain why the theoretical perspective(s) you chose is best to explain the selected social problem.
Next, use that theoretical perspective(s) to explain how your selected social problem came to be and how it is perpetuated.
Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.
This assignment uses a scoring guide. Please review the scoring guide prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
Our Social World: An Introduction to Sociology
Read Chapter 1 in Sociology 102. Our social world: An introduction to sociology.
Read “Social Problems” by Turner from Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. (2006).
Optional Readings: Local Modelling Techniques for Assessing Micro-Level Impacts of Risk Factors in Complex Data: Understanding Health and Socioeconomic Inequalities in Childhood Educational Attainments
For additional information, the following is recommended: “Local Modelling Techniques for Assessing Micro-Level Impacts of Risk Factors in Complex Data: Understanding Health and Socioeconomic Inequalities in Childhood Educational Attainments” by Zhou et al. from PLoS ONE (2014).
Appendix: On Intellectual Craftsmanship
Read “Appendix: On Intellectual Craftsmanship,” by Mills from The Sociological Imagination (2000).
Ecological Perspectives and Children’s Use of the Internet: Exploring Micro to Macro Level Analysis
Read “Ecological Perspectives and Children’s Use of the Internet: Exploring Micro to Macro Level Analysis” by O’Neill from Estonian Journal of Education (2015).
Introduction to Social Problems
Read Chapter 1 in Introduction to Social Problems.
Optional Readings: Understanding Recession and Self-Rated Health With the Partial Proportional Odds Model: An Analysis of 26 Countries
Read “Understanding Recession and Self-Rated Health With the Partial Proportional Odds Model: An Analysis of 26 Countries” by Mayer