Select a theory or concept from the list below. These concepts and theories correspond to specific sociological topics we covered in this course. Be sure to explain the theory or concept of your choice in detail. Follow the specific instructions for the theory/concept of your choice. You are required to discuss the key question for the theory/concept. Use the key question to form and develop your own thesis further. Feminist analysis of gender inequality Key question: How can a feminist perspective of your choice (i.e., liberal, radical, or socialist feminism) critically analyze a contemporary example of gender inequality? Explain and apply a feminist approach of your choice. Find a contemporary evidence for your argument. Two News Reports: Think of a recent example of a social phenomenon or issue that can be used to explain the theory and/or concept of your choice from the list. To provide references for this example, find at least two recent news reports. The news report must be dated between Jan 2019 to May 2022. No other times are accepted. The report should describe a real event that you can use as an example to illustrate your argument. The news report must come from a major trustworthy journalistic source (e.g., The New York Times, The Guardian, Associated Press News, etc.). Be sure to assess its legitimacy and neutrality. If possible, find multiple reports on the same news to corroborate. If you find a news entry in a social media outlet, trace it to the original source. Be sure to avoid opinion pieces, blogs, or so-called fake news. Two Scholarly References: Find at least two scholarly researched sociological supports for your analysis or discussion (not including Conley and the required course readings). You are encouraged to find more than three references. You are required to cite from scholarly journal articles and academic books. Do not search Google to find these sources. Instead use the library databases which let you access academic articles and books that Google would not. Go to the LPC library and you will see “find materials here!” Click the tag that says magazines and journals. Choose databases from the drop-down menu such as JSTOR or Sociology Source Ultimate. They are the two best databases to search the sociological journal articles that our library has. Using those databases is a much more effective and safe way to find academic research articles. These scholarly sources must be sociological. Avoid studies that are psychological, psychiatrical, or religious. These sources may help you explain a concept “According to Hirose (2018), the concept of amae can be defined as ….” help you support how you apply the concept to explain an example “Theory A explains B, but I argue that it can also explain C because…” provide an example (evidence) for the concept Data, study results, etc. Help you illustrate previous lines of research Who studied this topic before? And what do they know? Other Sources: You can also use other non-journalistic, trustworthy sources to support your argument. They may include quantitative data (e.g., US Census data, CDC report), research findings (e.g., academic journal articles), social trend reports (e.g., Pew Research Center), ethnographic observations, and /or historical events. Write and submit a scholarly paper using the concept (or theory) of your choice as the central theme throughout your paper. Your goal is to demonstrate that you understand and successfully use the concept (or theory) to explain an example. You are essentially linking four critical components (i.e., theory, media, sociological research, and your argument) to demonstrate that you understand a major sociological theory and can apply it to the critical analysis of a contemporary example. FORMAT: Please follow legitimate guidelines for style (APA). Style guides are readily available at the library and on the Internet. The paper must be typed, double-spaced, and use a 12-point font in Times New Roman. The minimum length should be 6 pages, not including a title page, an abstract page, and reference pages. The paper should be no more than 10 pages. Meeting the minimum page requirement does not guarantee full points. Please make sure that your paper is free of spelling and grammatical errors. You must upload a file to Canvas. ‘Corrupt’ file papers will not be accepted. Some important points to remember: This is NOT an opinion paper and your discussion/analysis should not be based on a psychological, religious, political, or moral argument. Be careful in making statements that are speculative, value judgmental, and nonscientific (untestable, unknowable) in nature. Ask yourself: How do I know this? Can I support this idea? Similarly, try not to be moralistic, religious, or preaching. Do not cite the lecture. Instead, cite the reading. If necessary, locate outside sources. Do not cite your instructor or your classmates in your paper. Do not cite websites that are meant to be ‘study guides’ such as ThoughtCo or SparkNotes. Instead, refer to scholarly sources. Do not search Google how to write a sociology paper. Do not use websites that are designed to “help” you with your research paper. Do not use essay generating sites or paraphrasing sites. You need to do your work. NO late papers will be accepted. Exceptions can only be made for a legitimate reason and with verifying documents. Start early and anticipate any problems you might encounter (save your work often, be aware of your schedule, etc.). Plagiarism is a serious offence. You will receive a failing grade (a zero for the paper and an F for the course) and face serious consequences if your paper shows evidence of plagiarism. Your papers go through a rigorous scrutinizing process to check for plagiarism. See the syllabus for more information. Please check the Turnitin report score. If the similarity score is higher than 20%, please check your paper again to make sure that you cited sources properly and/or paraphrased original sentences fully.