Spring 2011 - Assignment 2 – Solving Social Problems Professor Wonser
Due Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Points Possible: 10
Pick a social problem to research. This can be one we’ve discussed or one of
your own choosing. If it is one of your own choosing you must justify why you
feel it is asocial problem using the first couple of readings as your guide. You
must gather three sources (one must be scholarly, that is from an academic
journal like Social Problems or ASR). Your ultimate goal is to “solve” this social
problem. If “solving” it isn’t an option than what can be done to reduce it?
In 3-5 pages your paper should include:
I. Some relevant facts and statistics (e.g. how many people are affected?
How frequent does it occur? Etc.)
II. Why is it a social problem as opposed to a personal trouble or social
III. Who is involved and why?
IV. Where does the conflict lie?
V. What is being done to address this problem? (e.g. are there NGOs
working on it? PACs? Activists?)
VI. What progress has been made?
VII. How do you propose to address this problem?
VIII. Include a bibliography with properly cited sources (both in text and in the
works cited page!).