Students will be required to write a 6-8 page persuasive research paper focusing on a policy, social response or social movement (your coversheet, outline, and reference page are not included in the 6-8 pages) that expands on a historical content area (e.g., Black Suffrage, Immigration, Reconstruction/Reconstruction Amendments, Slavery, The Poor Laws, The Progressive Era, or The Women’s Suffrage Movement) and relates the historical struggle to current events. Your paper will examine the policy, social response, or social movement from either an economic, political, or social perspective. The paper must be in APA format, and checked for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and clarity of written thoughts.
Your research paper should include all of the following numbered/bolded questions. You do not need, and may not be able, to answer all the sub-points listed under each of the main sections – use them as a guide):
1) What is your thesis statement – what is your argument and what do you want your reader to understand when they are done reading the paper? Thesis statement must be in bold.
2) What is the social problem?
· How did the problem or issue become recognized or legitimized?
· Who was affected by the problem or issue and how?
· Which groups defined or controlled the definition of the problem? Did this change over time?
· What was the role of economics in the problem or issue?
· How widespread was the problem?
· What were the causes of the problem?
· How important was this problem historically?
3) What was the policy/social response/social movement that affected the social problem?
· When and how did the policy originate (e.g., law, court decision, executive order, etc.)?
· How was the policy supposed to address the social problem? How was the policy intended to work?
· Were there hidden agendas?
· Did the policy accomplish its goals? How or how not? Why or why not?
· Who advocated for, supported, the policy?
· Who opposed the policy?
· Who benefited from the policy? How?
· Who (if anyone or any group) was ‘hurt’ by the policy? How?
· Did the policy threaten fundamental social values?
· Was the policy compatible with the social/political/economic climate of the time?
· What was the general public opinion toward the policy?
· What were the negative consequences of the policy?
· What role did social work play in the development of the policy?
4) What societal values were involved in the social problems and social policy?
· What values are important? Whose values and interest seemed to be significant?
· How were the values developed? On what beliefs were the values based?
5) Social Work Values:
· How did the social problem and policy specifically relate to all of the core values of Social Work (i.e., Service, Social Justice, Dignity and Worth of the Person, Importance of Human Relationships, Integrity, and Competence)?
6) What were the economic and political issues related to the social problem and social policy?
7) Current state of this historical social problem and policy
· What is the current state of this historical social problem?
· Does this social problem still exist?
· What is different about the social problem today?
· Is the population impacted by the social problem different?
· What values underlie the social problem today? Are they different from the values of the past?
· Does the policy still exist?
· What is the current policy/policies that are related to this social problem?
8) How do you see your research and the knowledge you’ve gained through this paper helping you as a social worker?
Note: Please limit your use of direct quotes of others and always use our own words to describe others’ ideas and give credit to the authors for their ideas by citing them in the text of the paper; all ideas must be cited and all citations must be referenced on the bibliography page. Do not extensively copy an author’s material verbatim or with minor changes; this is technically cut-and-paste plagiarism and is profoundly unacceptable.
RESEARCH PAPER TIMETABLE:
Step I – Topic and Brief Synopsis: Due via the “Assignment” link located on Blackboard by 10:00pm Monday, 9/14 – 1-page The Suggested Topics’ list is located on pgs. 23-24. Note: If assignment is submitted late, there will be a two-point deduction taken every day until assignment is submitted.
· Choose a historical policy/social issue(s)/problem(s)/or social movement that occurred prior to the 1930s
Brief synopsis of your policy/social problem(s)/or social movement
Briefly discuss the targeted population with respect to your chosen policy/social problem(s)/or social movement
Explain why you choose this social problem and policy?
Step II – Thesis Paragraph and Annotated Bibliography: Due via the “Assignment” link located on Blackboard by 10:00pm on Monday, 10/12 – 3–4 pages in APA format’ Note: If assignment is submitted late, there will be a two-point deduction taken every day until assignment is submitted.
· Do some critical thinking and write your thesis statement down in one sentence, underline your thesis statement
· In the rest of the paragraph, indicate the social problem that you will be addressing, the population impacted, and the research question (in other words, what you hope to prove to the reader)
· Literature to be used – minimum of seven references – NO WIKIPEDIA SOURCES
a) Four academic journal articles
b) Two books
c) One newspaper article (either contemporary or historical)
· Citations must be in accurate APA format
· You must include a brief, 1-paragraph summary of each reference in your own words
· Internet sources will not count towards the seven required references
· References must be approved before being utilized in your final paper
Step III – Paper Outline and Revised Thesis and Annotated Bibliography:
· Due via the “Assignment” link located on Blackboard by 10:00pm on Monday, 11/16. Note: If assignment is submitted late, there will be a two-point deduction taken every day until assignment is submitted.
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