Using a sociological approach

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By now, you have practiced and should understand the

sociological research process. You also have a good handle on

how the major sociological theories explain social issues. Now, it’s

your turn to apply this knowledge. For your final assignment, you’ll

review a research article to identify the research conclusion. Then,

you’ll take another look at that conclusion from the perspective of

one of the major sociological theories.

Instructions: Complete all three parts of the assignment by

following the instructions below.

PART A: WHAT DID THE RESEARCHERS LEARN?

1) Article Review:

a) Prepare to complete your assignment by

reviewing the articles below. Select one for the

focus of your assignment.

  • Money, Not Access, Key to Resident Food
  • Choices in ‘Food Deserts’

    https://news.ncsu.edu/2017/03/moneyfood-deserts-20…

    2

  • “The narrowing, but persistent, gender gap in
  • pay”

    http://www.pewresearch.org/facttank/2017/04/03/gen…

  • “Bridging a Digital Divide That Leaves
  • Schoolchildren Behind”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/23/

    technology/fcc-internet-access-school.html

    b) Review your selected article several times to

    familiarize yourself with the content before going

    to the next step of this assignment.

    2) Learn: Use the research information in the article to

    answer the questions below. You should write at least

    one paragraph for this step. Refer to Chapter 2 of your

    webtext as necessary.

    a) What were the key findings of the research?

    b) What conclusion was drawn from the research?

    PART B: WHAT WOULD THE THEORIES SAY?

    Remember: The four major sociological theories are Functionalism,

    Conflict Theory, Symbolic Interactionism, and Rational Choice

    Theory. For more information, review Sections 1.8 – 1.12 in your

    webtext.

    Use one of the four major sociological theories to explain the key

    findings in the research article you reviewed in Part A. You should

    write two paragraphs, one for each question.

    a) How would this theory explain the key findings or

    conclusion of the research in the article?

    b) What limitations does this theory demonstrate

    in addressing the problem examined in the

    research article?

    3

    PART C: WHAT DO YOU THINK?

    Use your article to help answer the questions below. You should

    write two paragraphs, one for each question.

    a) What would you suggest to address this

    problem?

    b) What additional research would you conduct

    to help address the problem examined in the

    research article?

    Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Use Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch
  • margins on all sides.

  • Use section headers (Learn, Theory, and Solution) and
  • write left indented paragraphs under each corresponding

    section.

  • References are not required for this assignment as you
  • will use one of the assigned articles and your webtext.

  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment,
  • the student’s name, the professor’s name, the

    course title, and the date

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