social sciences


  • Find a NEWS article that addresses a current social problem facing your community (local, national, or global) that you are concerned about. (A news article is an article from a media source like a newspaper or magazine such as the New York Times, FOX, The Washington Post, VICE, etc. that addresses a current event. It does not include sources like Wikipedia, eHow, dictionaries, academic journals, or other information websites.)
  • Write a minimum 300 word essay that answers the following questions:
    • Based on the article you chose, what is the social problem and who does it impact?
    • How can the social sciences be used to research the issue? Name specific methods and disciplines from Chapter 1.
    • What are some solutions you can think of to address the issue?


  • Your essay should:
    • be a total of 300 words or more
      • The 300 word limit DOES NOT include the questions, names, titles, and references.
      • It also does not include meaningless filler statements
    • have factual information from the textbook and/or appropriate articles and websites
    • be original work and will be checked for plagiarism.  
      • You will receive a zero if substantial portions of your work are taken from other sources without proper citation
    • have references and citations for your sources, including the textbook
      • Cite your sources in-text and provide references for each sources according to the APA Style Guide. FYI web addresses or links are not full references!