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In groups of 4-6 students, you will write a Social Problems research paper proposal, write a research paper, and present the paper to the class.

  1. Use your sociological imagination to explain a social problem (e.g., environment, racial inequality, etc.).  Provide relevant background and present opposing positions.  You may focus broadly on the issue, such as global or national level environmental problems, or look at a more specific issue, such as clean water.  You may further focus on a specific site, such as the Chesapeake Bay.  However, it is important to contextualize a specific focus within a discussion of the broader environmental issue.


It is the stage at which you develop your thesis statement, and a framework for your paper.  Your proposal should consist of a one-page description of your paper, followed by a brief summary (a few sentences) of each reference source and what it will contribute to the final paper.  Furthermore, you should provide a reference list with full citations for as many scholarly reference sources as the number of members in your group.   In other words, if you have 5-members in your group, you should have a minimum of 5 scholarly reference sources listed.  You are welcome to include more, and also list additional non-scholarly reference sources that provide information about a specific social problem.

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