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SOC220H1 Social Stratification

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  • Course Code: SOC220H1
  • University: University Of Toronto
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In this introduction, please fully define social stratification in your own words.  Choose a specific, sociological topic related to stratification (e.g., LGBTQ civil rights, the digital divide, immigration, environmental racism, ageism, sexism, ableism, colorism, child labor, global capitalism, the wealth gap, gentrification, the fight for $15 per hour, cost of/access to health care, etc.).  Define it using an academic source and explain how your topic relates to social stratification.  Make sure to cite the sources you’ve consulted in the body of the paper as well as in your reference list.
In choosing a topic, it might help to look for inspiration around you . . . in your city (income levels of different neighborhoods or different cities), a news story, in your family, an issue affecting you and/or your friends, etc.  Also, the textbook may be used to help you select a topic.  As requested in the paragraph above, please identify your topic and clearly define it with an academic source (e.g., academic book, journal article, website ending in .gov).  For instance, if you choose LGBTQ civil rights, you will need to write out LGBTQ and define each term as well as explain what is meant by “civil rights.”  You also can limit your topic to one or two of these groups if you prefer.  Include examples along with your definition.  
Finally, describe what biases you have on the topic.  Biases are pre-existing ideas (opinions) that you already have on the issue. Remember, by choosing a topic, you are already displaying a bias (it’s more important to you than another topic; why is that?). Write at least three research questions on your subject.  Research questions state what it is you want to know about your topic.  Two research questions should be open-ended and require an explanation in response.  One research question should be close-ended (answerable with a yes/no or a percentage).   
For instance, 
Example One:
Open-ended Research Question: How did the 2008 recession affect family relationships?  
Close-ended Research Question: Did the 2008 recession contribute to higher divorce rates? 
Example Two:
Open-ended Research Question: How does the mass media’s portrayal of transgender people affect public opinion?  
Close-ended Research Question: Has the mass media’s portrayal of transgender people increased prejudice against them?
Example Three:
Open-ended Research Question: What factors contribute to wealth inequality?   How do these factors contribute to wealth inequality?  
Close-ended Research Question: What is the percentage of poverty in the U.S.?  What is the percentage change in wealth inequality in advanced capitalist countries from 1975 to 2015?
Make sure to define the terms that you use in your research questions (e.g., what is specifically meant by recession, transgender, mass media, and wealth?).  For each research question, explain why you selected it in three to four sentences.  Please keep in mind that you are not trying to prove a point or justify some personal belief that you have with these questions.  You are attempting to learn more about a sociological topic of interest.  Since you are not collecting any data for this project, you will not be answering these research questions.
In this section, you will identify at least two research methods that you could use to answer your research questions (see OpenStax, Chapter Two).  For each method, state how you could use it with as much detail as possible.  Consult an academic source (e.g., the textbook is acceptable) to do this for accuracy.  For instance, if you choose the survey method, state what population you would target, and what questions might be included in your questionnaire.  Would you collect the data by mail, Internet, etc.?  Alternatively, do you think it would be best to use personal, face-to-face interviews?  Why?  If you choose ethnography, you will need to explain how you will gain access to the group to be studied.  The research methods you should consider using are ethnography, participant observation, non-participant observation, secondary analysis, experiment, survey/interview, and/or content analysis.
Next, explain possible ethical issues involved with your research design (see OpenStax, Chapter Two, section 2.3 for a discussion of ethics).  
Summarize your paper in the conclusion (why did you choose the topic, etc.).  How could this research increase our understanding of social stratification?
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