Assignment 2: Identifying Organizations (Due Week 5).
Our first writing assignment centered upon the definition of the sociological viewpoint toward social problems, and an identification of a social problem that we felt was one of the most significant in society. For this next paper, we will expand upon our understanding of the social problem through analyzing the organizations that are committed to addressing it. For example, with respect to the problems of homelessness, we see a variety of local and national level organizations that seek to enable people the opportunity to have permanent housing. Habitat for Humanity would be an excellent example of an organization that deals with such a concern. In the same sense, we may look at the Salvation Army as a type of organization committed to helping impoverished people, or people recently released from prison or drug treatment, to find gainful employment and reclaim a quality-of-life. Your job in this paper will be to do your own independent research on two organizations that are committed to the social problem chosen in the first writing assignment. This will ultimately lead to our final paper in which we’ll examine the future of the social problem.
Do take note of the documents under Resources. These will help you with APA format as well as with supplemental information pertaining to Social Problems. If you use any of those documents in your writings, you need to cite them within your text and show them under References.
Construct a 2-4 page paper that fully satisfies these two areas:
Based upon your topic chosen in the first assignment, or based upon an entirely new topic of your choice, describe two organizations (Feel free to do your own independent research on these organizations) that is seeking to address this social problem. (1-2 pages). Note: If you do change topics please get prior approval from you instructor.
Analyze two major ways that each organization is addressing the social problem you have mentioned. For example, are they helping to create homeless shelters, are they helping people receive drug treatment, or are they working with state and local authorities to curb suffering in some area?
Use at least four concepts or theories from our text (not used in our first assignment) for each organization. Don’t forget to include proper APA-style citation and reference. (worth 10% of total grade).
Due on by midnight the Sunday of Week 5 – submit using link in Sakai.
The paper should be typed, double-spaced, 1” margins, arial or times new roman 11 pt font, and saved in MS WORD as .doc or .docx with this title: lastname_SOCI212_HW2.doc. CREATE THE PAPER ON YOUR COMPUTER ONLY IN MS WORD & SAVE IT WITH THE REQUIRED TITLE.
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Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes:
Assignment 2 will evaluate your ability to do the following:
Course Objective One
Identify specific social problems and their cause-effect patterns.
Course Objective Two
Identify current research methods that are utilized for the investigation of social problems.
Course Objective Three
Compare and contrast current and suggested policies, programs, and/or treatments in terms of their effectiveness for alleviating the negative consequences of social problems.
Course Objective Four
Apply class concepts to support opinions about social problems.
Course Objective Five
Illustrate how the sociological process enables us to identify various social concerns.
Course Objective Seven
Apply sociological theories to explain the occurrence and scope of these problems.
Description of the purpose of these organizations
Provided detailed description of the social importance of these organizations in solving the chosen social problem (5 points)
Needed some elaboration on the purpose of these organizations and their role in addressing the chosen social problem (4 pts)
Needs significantly more detail about the purpose and implication of these organizations in addressing the chosen social problem (3pts)
Description of the relevance of this organization lacks detail overall. (2pts)
No description of the organization included (0-1.5 pts)
Sociological Concepts Identified
Clearly identified 4 relevant sociological concepts from the readings. (5 pts)
Clearly identified 3 relevant sociological concepts from the readings, one not clearly identified. (4 pts)
Clearly identified 2 relevant sociological concepts from the readings. (3pts)
Clearly identified 1 relevant sociological concepts from the readings. (2 pts)
Did not clearly identify any sociological concepts (0-1.5 pts)
Sociological Concepts Defined
Clearly defined 4 relevant sociological concepts using the text and/or other source(s). (5 pts)
Clearly defined 3 relevant sociological concepts using the text and/or other source(s); 1 not clearly defined. (4 pts)
Clearly defined 2 relevant sociological concepts using the text and/or other source(s). (3 pts)
Clearly defined 1 relevant sociological concepts using the text and/or other source(s). (2 pts)
Did not include text definitions of sociological concepts (0-1.5 pts)
Clearly analyzes two major ways the chosen organizations are addressing this key social problem. (5 pts)
Analyzes two major ways the chosen organizations are addressing this key social problem, but needs more detail on one of these points. (4 pts)
Analyzes two major ways the chosen organizations are addressing this key social problem, but needs more detail on both of these. (3 pts)
Analyzes only one major way the chosen organizations are addressing this key social problem. (3 pts)
Did not apply sociological analysis to chosen organizations. (0-1.5 pts)
APA Formatted Citations
Included APA formatted in-text citations and full references for ALL paraphrased and quoted work from other sources. (3 pts)
Minor errors in APA formatting of citations. (2.4 pts)
Multiple errors in APA formatting of citations. (2.1 pt)
Missing some citations, and errors in APA formatting. (1.8 pts)
No citations included. (0-1 pts)
Grammar & Spelling
Author makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content. (2 pts)
Author makes a couple errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content. (1.6 pts)
Author makes a few errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content. (1.4 pt)
Author makes multiple errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content. (1.2 pts)
Authors makes so many errors in grammar and spelling that the intent of the paper cannot be understood. (0-1 pts)