Assignment: Environmental Racism

Assignment: Environmental Racism

Assignment: Environmental Racism


There are many topics you can consider for your paper. You may find that your topic is very general and you will then need to narrow it down. Some topics could include:

gun control, media perceptions, death penalty, undocumented workers, New Jim Crow, gender exploitation, social media, police corruption, gambling in athletics, cheating in academic settings, relationships, homelessness, famous individuals, crossing borders, white privilege, driving while Black/Brown, stigma, juvenile delinquency, environmental racism, sexual orientation, Albany movement, whistle blowers, unnecessary surgery (medical sociology)


· Additional Topic Ideas: Sample Topics for the Sociology 101 Paper. (Links to an external site.)

· Research Sources

o PCC Shatford Library Sociology LibGuide

o Online Sociology Resources (Links to an external site.) (University of Colorado, Department of Sociology)

o MLA Citation & Formatting Guide (Links to an external site.)

· Writing help: PCC 24/7 Online Tutoring



This week you will need to do the following:

1. Select your topic

2. Find 2-3 external resources about your topic from: books, newspaper articles, news-magazine articles, sociological journals, internet sites, videos, DVD’s, interviews, etc.) In short, you need a combination of resources.

3. Post on this page your:

1. Topic & why it is interesting for you

2. Short summary of your topic

3. URL links to your external resources

You will be able to write it directly on this page. You will not be able to move onto the next module until you have completed this. Also, please write your name after your contribution. An example has been done for you.

4. To contribute to this page

1. On the right hand menu, click on the EDIT THIS PAGE button. This opens this page for editing.

2. When you have finished adding your information, click on the SAVE CHANGES button at the bottom of the editing window.

1. Papers must be 3-5 pages, 12 pt. double-spaced.

2. Papers must include one paradigm (one only).

3. Paper structure: Introduction, Body of Paper (where you discuss your findings), and Conclusion. Be sure to use sociological terms from this course to discuss your topic!

4. Papers must include at least 5 resources from: books, newspaper articles, news-magazine articles, sociological journals, internet sites, videos, DVD’s, interviews, etc.) In short, you need a combination of resources.

5. Papers must include MLA in-text citations and a Works Cited list.

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes. Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages. Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor. The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.