Assignment 2 – Social Problem Analysis

Assignment 2 – Social Problem Analysis

Assignment 2 – Social Problem Analysis

A social problem is any condition or behavior that has negative consequences for large numbers of people and that is generally recognized as a condition or behavior that needs to be addressed. This definition has both an objective component and a subjective component.
For any condition or behavior to be considered a social problem, it must have negative consequences for large numbers of people. How do we know if a social problem has negative consequences? Reasonable people can and do disagree on whether such consequences exist and, if so, on their extent and seriousness, but ordinarily a body of data accumulates—from work by academic researchers, government agencies, and other sources—that strongly points to extensive and serious consequences. The reasons for these consequences are often hotly debated, and sometimes the very existence of these consequences is disputed.
There must be a perception that a condition or behavior needs to be addressed for it to be considered a social problem. This component lies at the heart of the social constructionist view of social problems (Rubington & Weinberg, 2010). In this view, many types of negative conditions and behaviors exist. Many of these are considered sufficiently negative to acquire the status of a social problem; some do not receive this consideration and thus do not become a social problem; and some become considered a social problem only if citizens, policymakers, or other parties call attention to the condition or behavior.

Assignment Format:
Title Page – see APA format

No Abstract Required

Introduction – Length (3 or 4 pages)
What is the social problem?
Who claims it is a problem, and why?
How well does existing empirical evidence support these claims?
What does the evidence tell us about who is affected by the issue?
What are the issue’s causes and/or consequences?

Sociological Application – Length (2 or 3 pages)
Describe the causes of the problem using sociological theories and/or concepts.
Select a minimum of 3 theories and/or concepts.

Society’s Responses to the Social Problem – Length (2 or 3 pages)
What organizations, non-profits, government agencies have responded to the problem?
Select a minimum of 2 responses to the social problem.
What has been their responses to this problem?
Look for local organizations and responses.
Who is enacting this response, and what is their reasoning behind it?
What is its goal?
What changes does the response require?
What are the effects of this response?
Does the response improve the negative consequences of the social problem?
Does it make other social problems worse?

Your Solution to the Social Problem – Length (2 or 3 pages)
You can write this section only in first-person (I, me, my)
What do consider to be the best response to this problem?
What is your goal(s)?
What changes does the response require?
What is the impact of your response, and how will you evaluate how well it does or does not work?

Reference Page – APA Format

12 Resources Minimum – you can use more sources

You must cite sources to support the statements and facts in the paper.

You should have more multiple sources cited in each section of the paper.

8 scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles – must be current and within years 2015 to 2021.
Sociology articles will be important to write about the social problem of opioid addiction.
4 other resources such as, governmental agencies report and websites, PBS videos or other creditable sources.

APA Formatted – NO abstract is needed.
Please use weblink below for an overview of APA (American Psychological Association). APA (American Psychological Association) is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences.
https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html
Paper should focus on paraphrasing other sources (same concept or thought but written in different words); avoid direct quotes from other sources (written word for word)

Grading Criteria for this assignment:
40 points – quality and depth of literature review sections
problem, response, solution
30 points – application of sociological theory
10 points- followed assignment format
20 points- followed APA format for in-text citations and reference page
100 – TOTAL

Social Problem Analysis


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