For your first essay, you will begin to think about how the social sciences can be used to address social problems. Read the instructions and guidelines below carefully and review the grading rubric before submitting your work.
Find a NEWS article that addresses a current social problem facing your community (local, national, or global) that you are concerned about. (A news article is an article from a media source like a newspaper or magazine such as the New York Times, FOX, The Washington Post, VICE, etc. that addresses a current event. It does not include sources like Wikipedia, eHow, dictionaries, academic journals, or other information websites.)
Write a minimum 300 word essay that answers the following questions:
Based on the article you chose, what is the social problem and who does it impact?
How can the social sciences be used to research the issue? Name specific methods and disciplines from Chapter 1.
What are some solutions you can think of to address the issue?
Your essay should:
be a total of 300 words or more.
The 300 word limit DOES NOT include the questions, names, titles, and references.
It also does not include meaningless filler statements
have factual information from the textbook and/or appropriate articles and websites.
be original work and will be checked for plagiarism.
You will receive a zero if substantial portions of your work are taken from other sources without proper citation
have references and citations for your sources, including the textbook
Cite your sources (minimum of three current sources required; no older than 2-3 years) in-text and provide references for each source according to the APA Style Guide. FYI web addresses or links are not full references!
You must include the specific NEWS article that addressed the social problem you are writing about; this is one of your sources.