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Social Problems 1306: Research Paper This assignment meets the Student Learning Objectives: · Describe how the sociological imagination can be

Social Problems 1306: Research Paper This assignment meets the Student Learning Objectives: · Describe how the sociological imagination can be used to explain the emergence and implications of contemporary social problems. · Explain the nature of social problems from at least one sociological perspective, e.g., critical, functional, interpretive, etc. · Identify multidimensional aspects of social problems including the global, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of social problems. · Discuss how solutions to social problems are often contentious due to diverse values in society. · Describe how the proposed solutions to a social problem, including social policies, may bring rise to other social problems. For this assignment, you will write a research paper. The purpose of this paper is to explore a social problem, connect it to sociological theoretical perspectives, analyze secondary sources that lead you to informed opinions, and provide possible solutions as well as problems that may arise to those solutions, all of which you will eventually present in class. Part I Step 1: Pick a social issue that you think constitutes a social problem – either one mentioned in the textbook and covered in class or any other that exists. Once you have done this, analyze the social problem itself. (incorporate at least 1 peer reviewed journal) · What is the problem? Define it. Explain it. · How did it originate? · What does it consist of? What are the problems and consequences in society because of it? · Explain the multiple dimensions of the problem -global, political, economic, cultural, etc. Step 2: Then, shift gears and explain how such a social problem can be explained through one of the 3 primary theoretical perspectives: symbolic interactionism, functionalist, and conflict theory. Make sure your opinion is supported with reliable empirical evidence, analyzed sufficiently to make informed conclusions. (incorporate at least 1 peer reviewed journal) · Why does this social problem exist through the eyes of one of the aforementioned theories? · Despite one theory fitting the best, it never fully addresses all aspects of the issue. Therefore, explain what the shortcomings are? Basically, what – within the social problem – cannot be explained through this particular theory and why? Step 3: Finally, include a section for a possible solution and awareness to the social problem. · What is a possible solution? · What would it entail? Who would be involved? How would order be maintained? · How can you raise public awareness on this problem? · What possible problems could arise from your proposed solution? Note: Be sure to research your problem and find peer-reviewed reliable articles; do not simply find opinion pieces where research has not been conducted. The best way to avoid finding unreliable sources is by using the UTRGV Online library. Part II: Create a presentation for this paper. Include the following: · 1-2 Slides identifying the problem · 1-2 Slides explaining why it is a problem; effects; etc. · 1-2 Slides explaining possible awareness and presenting solutions This part will be presented in class. Final Note: All students must submit this paper to the Tutoring Center for review. Students can do this in person or use the online service as long as students submit proof of their submission with the paper. APA formatting should be followed. Resort to Purdue Owl if you have questions on such formatting. The 3-page minimum does not include title page, abstract, or reference page. Remember to do the following: Double space 12 point font Times New Roman Paragraph form using headings Check for grammar Appropriate APA citations