This is a more detailed and carefully researched blog post than the usual Activity Posting blog. You may post it on the same blog you've been using all semester, or you can start a whole new blog if you wish.
For the Social Issue Blog:
You define the topic. It should be a specific social issue of interest to you. It may be something we discuss in class, but it doesn’t have to be. Some ideas could be: gender inequality in the workplace, relationship between religion and capitalism, incarceration for nonviolent offenses, the gay rights movement, legalization of marijuana, environmental justice, aging of America, value of a college degree, a specific sub-culture and their norms and values, education and social mobility, social capital and health, fair trade, teenage pregnancy, climate change, or any number of other ideas. Usually, the more specific your topic, the easier it will be to do a good job analyzing it. You may choose to examine this issue in a general sense or using a specific country, state, or case.
Your job is to explain: Why this is an important issue for the public; What is going on with this issue, drawing on evidence; how this issue came to be/the social forces that keep this issue going (drawing on your sociological imagination and the major findings from peer reviewed sociological analyses of this issue); and to present ideas for potential solutions. You do not have to “choose a side” or make a specific political argument, but you should make an intellectual argument and have some kind of finding/conclusion about how (sociologically) this issue came to be or gets perpetuated. Draw on data and reference sociological research. Provide links to good, trusted sources where readers can turn for more information and cite any such sources that you use using endnotes. You should cite a minimum of three different sources. Be sure to bring in the sociology, but don't use too much jargon or expect the reader to know sociological terms. Instead, you should clearly explain the ideas behind the concepts and explain how it works.
The blog should be professionally written. The audience is the general public. Choose an issue that is of broad civic interest, analyze this issue carefully using the sociological imagination and including concepts and approaches we’ve learned about in class, and communicate a clear message about this issue to the public via the blog. The blog should be 1,500 to 2,300 words, plus any charts, tables, maps, pictures, etc.. Do NOT write as if you are a student writing for the instructor! Write as if you are a well-informed, educated individual who has learned to use his/her sociological imagination and you know something that you feel is critically important to share with the public. This is your message to that public.
Notes from class about how to do this are NOTES
Some examples of a good social issue blogs include:
1- the blog on suicide in India at: http://annasempe.blogspot.com/
2- the blog on school segregation at: http://www.studentsfirst.org/blog/entry/is-school-segregation-still-a-problem
3- this blog on rural-urban inequality in China at: http://www.cepii.com/BLOG/bi/post.asp?IDcommunique=215
4- this blog on females in science (STEM) at: http://pigtailpalsblog.com/2013/11/stop-using-stereotypes-to-sell-stem-to-girls/#.UqCdM-LhIzQ
Note: These blogs do not all incorporate sociological studies and references, but they do use sociological concepts to understand these issues, as well as rely on points of data or clear examples.
A rubric for how this will be graded is attached here- SOCIAL ISSUE BLOG RUBRIC