critical thinking

This written assignment will allow you to develop and demonstrate skills in all four core curriculum objectives areas. You will develop your critical thinking and communication skills, while practicing quantitative and empirical literacy skills.  You will gain intercultural competency and explore your own sense of social responsibility.  And you will learn to apply psychological concepts to current events, your life and/or the lives of those you know.

General Directions:

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You must divide the paper in to the following sections or headings (Roman numerals), or it will not be accepted.

Please write a minimum of 750 words in which you accomplish the following:

I.  Definitions

a.  Define both racism and discrimination. 

And cite your sources within the text of your paper in APA style, in the text of your paper and in the sources section.

II.  Psychological Concepts

b.  Define each of the following 5 concepts and explain how it contributes to the phenomenon of racism and/or discrimination. (These are the 5 you may apply to your examples below.) 

And cite your sources within the text of your paper in APA style, in the text of your paper and in the sources section.

  • Ethnocentrism
  • Fundamental attribution error
  • Learned helplessness
  • Self-fulfilling prophecy
  • Victim Blaming

III.  Example A

a.  Describe an experience you have had with racism and/or discrimination.  It can be a personal experience, or that of someone you know or know of, or it can be an example from the media.

b.  Apply at least two of the five concepts above to that experience, carefully explaining how that concept is evidenced in your example.

IV.  Example B

a.  Describe an experience you have had with racism and/or discrimination.  It can be a personal experience, or that of someone you know or know of, or it can be an example from the media.

b.  Apply at least two of the five concepts above to that experience, carefully explaining how that concept is evidenced in your example.  

V.  Sources

Use at least 3 reliable sources to research these concepts. You should start with your textbook since you are looking to LEARN these concepts before you can apply them.  Your text can be included in your  three required sources.   You should then watch my video in the Media Gallery for help understanding these concepts.  You may use magazines and newspapers and other media sources.  Remember that you have to learn these concepts, so go to sites that teach the concept.  Journal articles are not usually helpful in doing that. For definitions, most .org websites are good, and any .edu site will be good.   You can also use psychological sites such as:   

  • http://psychcentral.com/ (Links to an external site.)
  • https://www.psychologytoday.com/us (Links to an external site.)
  • https://www.spring.org.uk/ (Links to an external site.)
  • https://www.simplypsychology.org/   (Links to an external site.)

DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA (ever, in college). 

DO NOT USE DICTIONARIES.

DO NOT USE ENCYCLOPEDIAS SUCH AS BRITANICA.

Provide your sources in APA style (the Citation Machine will put things in APA style for you (http://www.citationmachine.net/)

Other General Directions:

Do not plagiarize your work. Cite your sources within the text of your paper, next to the definition, in APA style.  Use quotes when necessary.  

Your paper will be automatically processed through Turn It In when you submit it, but you must give your permission by checking the required box (agreeing to their terms).

Turn It In report should be under 12%.  If it is higher, there is probably something you should put in quotes. 

EXACT requirements for paper headings are included in the grading rubric for this assignment.  ASSIGNMENTS WITHOUT THE APPROPRIATE HEADINGS (Roman numerals) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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