The sociological analysis of animal cruelty through animal testing

  • You may choose any topic from the book, class or any other current social issue that interests you. Just remember to approach it from a sociological point of view!
  • Please remember that this is a research paper and not an opinion or persuasive paper. If choosing a controversial issue, be sure to cover multiple perspectives if they exist (pro/con; left/right/center; etc.) You may, of course, include your own opinion and perspective in the summary and conclusions.
  • This is a group project. You have been assigned to a group in Canvas.
  • IMPORTANT: I will need to know who is doing what in your group!
  • Please speak with me if you are unsure about any of the paper and presentation requirements.

More on content:

Topic examples:

  • Homelessness among Veterans; Teen Homelessness; Mental Health and Homelessness
  • Incarceration rates and social inequality; incarceration rates and mental health.
  • Media impact on self-image; Gender stereotyping in media; Social media & construction of self.

*A great resource for ideas are the CSN Library databases: Issues and Controversies, Congressional Quarterly (CW) and Opposing Viewpoints.

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One way you could organize your paper is as follows:

  • TITLE PAGE: APA FORMATTING REQUIRED – Paper will be returned for revision if not in APA format. There will be an APA workshop during class time in early November.
    • Overview of the issue you have examined and researched in this paper.
    • Overview of what your paper will cover, and how this will be accomplished.
    • Thesis Statement or Research Question
      • .According to The Owl at Perdue (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. an analyticalresearch paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience.
      • Example of an analytical thesis statement/ research question:
        • An analysis of the college admission process reveals one challenge facing counselors: accepting students with high test scores or students with strong extracurricular backgrounds.
      • The rationale for your research/topic (why did you do it?)
    • THE ISSUE:
      • History behind the issue or question.
      • Challenge/s posed by the issue.
      • Impact issue has on society.
      • How are social structures and/or social processes impacted by this issue, and vice-versa.
    • METHODS:
      • The methods you used for your research (how did you do it?)
      • Literature Review
        • Theoretical and/or exploratory literature (articles, textbooks, etc.)
        • Empirical literature (research articles)
      • Other research methods used (surveys, interviews, etc.)
    • RESULTS:
      • The results obtained (what did you find?)
      • This will be the most important part of your paper. You will be sharing the results of all of your research (literature, surveys/ interviews, observations, statistics and other data from the Census and/or similar sources.
      • This part of the paper is not a repeat of your literature review. The literature review discusses what the authors of the articles you read had to say. The results are what you found in your analysis of all your sources – integrated as a response to your research question or hypothesis.
      • An interpretation of those results (what does all this mean?)
      • What your original research question supported or answered, or not?
      • What ideas did your research suggest for future research into your topic area?
      • What do you think about the topic and what you learned?

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