Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in Current Events
This option provides you with an opportunity to integrate race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, and gender categories in the context of a major current event. Following these general instructions is an example; always reach out to your instructor when you have any questions.
Choose a current event that is making national or international headlines; your instructor can help you decide. It might be a story about an election, a natural disaster, the global economy, a highly publicized criminal trial, or an event in the entertainment industry.
Then, analyze how race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, and gender intersect and impact the event itself, the coverage of the event, and the event’s results. For example, if you decide to look at mass shootings in the United States, you will discuss who the shooters are (race, ethnicity, class, gender) and how the media portrays them (race, ethnicity, class, gender) as well as the victims (race, ethnicity, class, gender), etc. How old are the perpetrators and the victims? How quickly was the media to cover the story? Who are the reporters (race, gender)?
This is an analytical research paper where you will be following the case/event and using scholarly resources to guide your critical thinking throughout your report. That is, support statements with evidence.
The portfolio project is an 8 page research paper (approximately 3,500 words). Your paper must be properly cited and formatted accordingly. Your final paper will be graded not only on content but also on the quality of your writing, including syntax and grammar.
- Include an introduction. It must provide a clear statement of your position on the topic.
- Your paper must be at 8 pages in length, not counting the title and reference pages, which you must include.
- The paper should synthesize current, relevant research on your topic from at least 5 scholarly sources.
- Offer your conclusions regarding how best to manage the issue (i.e., your informed opinion on the issues raised)