Minority in america soc essay


Your final exam consists of two essay questions. For each you should provide a 500-word commentary. Each essay will be evaluated on the basis of :

Scope and depth
Clarity of expression
Development of thought
Spelling and grammar

You may use the textbook but do not use outside sources.  Write the essay in your own words.  If you use a short quote from the book, use quotation marks and give the page number in parentheses after it.

Essay #1: Select any one minority group covered in Chapters 5 through 12 and 14, and discuss how their experiences illustrate some of the sociological concepts and/or theories discussed in Chapters 1 through 4.

Avoid these traps:

Do not give a generic answer, that is, one in which any other group could be substituted and the essay still works. In other words, you need to be specific, not general, in your comments.

Do not give a historical narrative. You need to name and apply the actual sociological terms to your essay to illustrate the group’s experiences through sociological analysis.

Essay #2: Select a current controversial issue, such as one of those discussed in Chapter 15, and offer an analytical commentary that applies some sociological concepts or theories to that issue.

You are to send this exam by email as a file attachment.  I will acknowledge receipt.  If you do not get an acknowledgment from me, I did not receive your exam!

Due Date: You may submit your final exam anytime after May 3rd  but no later than May 11th to avoid a late grade penalty.  Send your essays by email as an attachment, either separately or together.

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