SOC 2010: Social Problem Analysis Paper Guidelines The Social Problem Analysis Paper provides an opportunity to demonstrate students’ ability to analyze and understand a social problem sociologically. Each student will select an issue or problem from the list provided below or suggest an alternative topic for instructor approval. The paper should address the following: o What individuals, groups, categories, or classes of people claim that your chosen issue is a social problem? ▪ What beliefs, values, or interests are motivating them? ▪ Are those concerned liberals, conservatives, both, or neither? o What individuals, groups, categ ories, or classes of people, if any, are opposing such claims? ▪ What beliefs, values, or interests are motivating this opposition?
▪ Are those opposed liberals, conservatives, both, or neither? o What are the major claims and arguments made by those seeking t o have the condition defined as social problem? ▪ What about those who oppose them? What facts are presented by each side? ▪ How do they seek to motivate people to take action? What actions are they seeking? o What tactics and techniques do the groups involved employ? ▪ What strategies do they use to achieve their goals? How do they get their message out? ▪ How do they make use of the mass media? ▪ What resources do they have to help them get their message out? o What outcomes does each side seek? What solut ions do they propose? ▪ If multiple solutions are proposed, what are they and who is proposing them? ▪ Do liberals and conservatives offer alternative solutions? If so, what are they? Requirements: • 5 – 10 pages • Typed using 10 or 12 point Times New Roman font • double – spaced with one – inch margins