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SOC 400 Online - Dr. Molly Wyatt: Assignment

Term Paper Guidelines

Full term paper guidelines are in the document attached below. ↓

Student Learning Outcomes for this Guide

Students will search databases, electronic books and web sites using topic relevant vocabulary in order to retrieve materials that are on-topic and credible.

Elements of paper and sample topic

See the full document provided by Dr. Wyatt attached to the left of this box for:

  • an explanation of the components of the Research Paper Project, which includes the research question, bibliography, rough draft and final paper. 
  • an explanation of the elements of your paper which should include a clear research question, the rationale, background and relevant literature and discussion.   

Sample Topics (You’ll have to come up with your specific research question)

  • alienation
  • bureaucracy in work
  • college and jobs
  • combined individual and family life cycles  - i. homemakers/home production ii. sandwich generation iii. empty nest/retirement
  • discrimination in work
  • fair trade
  • free trade
  • Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
  • household division of labor
  • industry-specific issues: i. agriculture – factory farming/corporate farming/agribusiness ii. automotive industry iii. mining/fracking iv.               textiles v. forestry and environmental issues
  • Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act of 2009
  • McDonaldization
  • mergers
  • minimum wage increases
  • nation-specific work practices (refer to chapter 16 of your text) .
  • self-actualization in work
  • service industry and service economy
  • sexual harrassment
  • social mobility
  • sweatshops
  • technology in the workplace
  • transnational/multinational corporations and labor (TNCs/MNCs)
  • unions (specific unions: AFL-CIO, Teamsters, etc.)
  • whistle-blowing
  • work satisfication


Information Literacy

NC Wesleyan College has taken on INFORMATION LITERACY as the focus of its Quality Enhancement Plan or QEP which is required for SACS reaccreditation.  Wesleyan has chosen to focus on strengthening student information literacy skills because these skills are critical for your success as a student and in your lives and careers.

So what do we mean by Information Literacy?  Information Literacy encompasses the ability to recognize the need for information, and to locate, evaluate, organize, interpret, and communicate information in all formats.

The information competent student:

1. Determines the nature and extent of the information needed.

2. Finds and uses search tools effectively, efficiently.

3. Locates and obtains the information.

4. Critically evaluates the information retrieved before using it.

5. Organizes, Synthesizes, integrates, and ethically/legally applies information.