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Social Movement, Activism, and Collective Action Research Project The final proj
Social Movement, Activism, and Collective Action Research Project The final project for the class is designed to help you develop basic research skills, but also to practice and improve your writing, critical thinking, and theoretical ability in formulating questions, explanations, and participating in academic discourse. This assignment will broaden your understanding of current events and deepen your interests (hopefully) in activism, social movements, and social justice. You will be charged with grounding your ideas in the theoretical frameworks that we’re using throughout the semester and demonstrating that you have developed a sociological imagination and lens that is much stronger than when you began the class. While this is completely exploratory, it is my hope that you stumble upon something that you find important and engaging and you continue to research it throughout graduate school. Instructions: Choose a social movement, significant topic, type of activism, or large collective action event that has occurred recently (past 5 years). For example, the George Floyd protests, the Capital mob violence, the 2020 summer looting, the Me-Too movement, reaction to pulling out of Afghanistan, the Texas Abortion bill reaction, etc. These do not have to be face to face. They can be virtual movements, student movements, global movements, but they must focus on social problems impacting the lives of people. Use the following questions and directions to guide you in analyzing your topic: 1. Ask a question at the beginning that makes your topic choice theoretically interesting; why should we care about the topic you chose? In other words, so what? Create an introduction that makes a person ask questions about the problem and why anyone cares enough to do something. 2. Research sources and review of the Social Movements chapter in the textbook; evaluate two sociological theories you learned in the class PLUS intersectionality. 3. Discuss the topic from opposing viewpoints of your movement using 2 different sources that disagree with whatever activism you chose; what research are opponents using to ground their views is it emotions and opinions? Is it religion or tradition? Explain and provide research. 4. Out of all the arguments you have researched, evaluate them all and choose one to support. How are you evaluating the arguments and why are you supporting the one you chose? Document your analytical process here (this is called meta-analysis) and use research to support your choice. 5. A conclusion in which you explain what further research is needed on this topic and what direction you think this is headed or it should head. 6. Include your list of refences, which must be at least 8, but no more than 12. Six (6) must be academic sources in the area of sociology and social movements. Formatting: APA format, Times New Roman, 12-point font, 7-10 pages, MUST HAVE A TITLE PAGE AND REFERENCE PAGE. No Abstract page needed even though APA says so. You will lose points counting that as a page. You must have at lease 5 typed pages with the following headings: Title of Paper Theory of Social Movements, Activism, and Collective Action The Opposition Analysis of Social Movements, Activism, and Collective Action Conclusion References Due Friday-Sunday Week 15

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