8 – 10 page research paper examining W r i t i n g

8 – 10 page research paper examining W r i t i n g

THIS IS FOR MY PART —– Hi, so for your part, the historical section you’ll do in the 1960s, 

the cross-cultural section is the country Vietnam, and macro-perspective 

the section is economics. The project is about racism. If you need more info

on what is needed, go to modules and click the term project prompt. 

The Social Construction of Stuff

*This is  where you submit your final project. Only one person needs to submit the  paper for the group. File MUST be either Word doc, Google doc, or PDF.   No other file types will be accepted. 

Before you Start Banner

You will be  randomly assigned to groups of four no later than week 3. Groups are  assigned randomly, but if there is a classmate you would prefer to work  with, let me know ASAP and I will be happy to make those arrangements.  You can send your request to my Canvas Inbox no later than, Wednesday,  September 9, 11:59 pm.  I will NOT change groups once they have been  made, so please get me those requests before that deadline.

In your group  you will brainstorm and decide what social pheonomenon your paper will  examine.  This can be anything we “do” in society today.  Then you will  decide which era everyone will contribute to the history section, which  country you will contribute to the cross-cultural section, and which  macro perspective you will contribute to the macro perspectives  section.  When you have decided all of this, one person in the group  will send a DM that CCs me and your groupmates with a brief proposal of  your topic and which parts each of you will contribute to each  perspective. The proposal is due by Sunday, September 20, 11:59 pm,  as an inbox message (1 proposal per group, and I will give more details  about this once groups are assigned, in an announcement).

Learning Objectives Banner

Demonstrate the ability to use a societal framework in order to analyze any given situation rather than an individual analysis.

Writing Prompt Banner


In groups of four, you will complete  an 8 – 10 page research paper examining how something that we do not  usually think about in our daily lives has been socially constructed.  This can be anything and creativity is encouraged. You will consider  your “stuff” from three  perspectives, and each group member will  contribute one part per perspective (see below), to explain how that thing has come to be the way we know it today.

*Every paper must have the following sections:

Historical Section: Each group member  will pick a specific era in your “stuff’s” United States history (go  back as far as possible). Research and write about your era, and then  put the together in chronological order in this section of the paper.

Cross-cultural Section: Each group  member will pick a different country. Research and write about how your  “stuff” is used in your country in present day, and then put each country together in this section of the paper.

  • Macro Perspectives Section: Each group  member will pick another macro perspective that you can relate to your  “stuff” (i.e. gender, politics, media…). You will research and write  about how that macro perspective has shaped our  understanding/experiences of your “stuff” in present day, United States culture. Each section should have a subheading heading and be included in your final paper.

In the paper you will take a  sociological and objective approach. For example, if you are researching  marijuana I DO NOT want a paper about why smoking marijuana is bad for  people and should not be legalized (or, on the other hand, why you think  it should be legal).

Your paper should be in standard essay  form, 12 pt font, double spaced, 1” margins. Please proofread. You must  have a works cited page listing at least 8 outside sources (2 per group  member). You will upload the final paper here (one person in the group  will submit the paper), and it must be turned in as a word doc, pdf, or  goggle doc.  No other file will be accepted, and if another format is  submitted that will result in a grade of zero for the group. The final  papers are due no later than Sunday, October 18, 11:59 pm. Turn them in on the assignment page (Module 7.14).


You will also be responsible for  turning in a visual presentation to represent your “stuff” and share  what you learned with the class (approach it like, what would you use to  accompany a presentation in a face-to-face class, i.e. powerpoint  presentation, prezi, etc.,). These will be uploaded to a discussion  board thread (Module 7.15), are also due by October 18 at 11:59pm.

PEER REVIEW (10 points): 

After the due date, each person will  be randomly assigned a group’s project to peer reveiw, and you will be  required to look at and give feedback on each other’s presentations.  There will be a rubric provided, and you will fill out and submit the  form for 10 points.  This will be due no later than October 25, at 11:59pm.

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