SOC 374 A Comparative Analysis of a Social Problem
In this project, you are expected to compare and contrast an existing
SOCIAL problem in any TWO countries in the world.
Remember, it should be a problem in these two countries!!
Select an issue that is specific (such as honor killing, wage gap, or,
conservation of wildlife). Issues such as women’s rights, gender
inequality or environmental issues are too broad.
These are just a few examples. Feel free to write on a social issue that
you are interested in.
Questions to address
Your paper should include the following sections. Consider the
following questions while writing each section below.
describe relevant data you can cite some numbers in last 5-10
years). You can make a table, but the table will not count
toward the word limit.
problem in EACH country? (globalization, migration, state
policies, political and/or economic context of the region,
patriarchy etc. or any other that have been mentioned in the
scholarly sources). In your conclusion, compare and contrast
how the reasons for this issue are similar or different in the
Structure of the paper
The paper should have the following sections.
Offer context of this problem in these two countries followed by
discussion on data showing prevalence or magnitude of the problem.
This section should describe two main reasons for this issue in this
country (two reasons for county 1 and two reasons for country 2).
Adopt a critical angle while comparing and contrasting the reasons for
this social issue in these countries.
Make sure to highlight any country specific or unique factors that
contribute to this issue in that specific country.
Your bibliography should have at least four sources and a total of 6-8
You are required to make use of at least FOUR scholarly sources (at
TWO on each country). Choose your resources wisely. They should offer
relevant discussion on reasons for this issue in each country (see the
section on ‘what is a scholarly source?’ for details).
In addition to four scholarly sources, you can use other non-scholarly
sources (websites/ reports from as United Nations, International
Monetary Fund, World Health organization etc.) or well-reputed
What is a scholarly source?
A source that is peer reviewed or published in a recognized scholarly
source, like a journal or a university publisher. It can be a book or an
article. Such articles or books target specific audience, typically people in
specializing in a particular field. Considering the scope of the paper,
government documents or publications from well-established global
organizations will count as scholarly source too.
You do not need to attach copies of your four articles to your papers. Be
certain, however, do provide full citations (both intext and bibliography).
What is NOT a scholarly source?
Textbooks are not considered a scholarly source.
Wikipedia, Encyclopedias, and other online articles intended for general
public. If you are not sure whether the book or the article you have
chosen is scholarly or not, ask the instructor.
The paper should be 1000-1200 words. (EXCLUDING bibliography,
charts, tables etc.). Mention word limit at the end of the paper.
The paper should have 1" margins all around.
The type font should be Times New Roman, size 12.
Citations and References
Use this style for citations placed within the text:
For one or two authors use all names.
o Sapp (2001) found that….
o A recent study (Sapp and Korsching, 2004) suggested that…
For more than two authors, use the name of the first author and
o Smith et al. (2003) found that….
o A recent study (Smith et al., 2003) suggested that…
Use this style for references:
Sapp, S.G. and P.F. Korsching. 2004. This Is a Book. Ames, IA:
Smith, I.M., S.G. Sapp, P.F. Korsching, and U.R. Stuck. 2003. This is
a research article in a magazine or journal. Name of Journal, 10:
23-46. [The first number is the volume, followed by the page
Sapp, S.G. 2001. This is a chapter in a book. Pp. 132-167 in, Smith,
I.M., Title of the Book. New York, NY: Free Press.
Sapp, S.G. 2003. This is an article posted on a web site. Title or
Name of the Web Site. http://www.webpage.html.
Be careful to avoid plagiarism. DO NOT USE QUOTES IN THIS PAPER. All
text that paraphrases the work of someone else should list the source as
a citation. Students should not share their papers with other students.
Each paper should be unique.