Part 2: Students must utilize the textbook and 4-6 additional outside academic, peer-reviewed journal articles to address the following points about their social problem of choice:
• What is the problem?
• Is it social? Does it affect a large number of people? In what ways?
• What are the causes and contributing factors?
• What are the consequences if this problem were to continue? Groups of people can be hurt (e.g., cutting welfare programs disproportionately affects the poor), but also institutions (the role of money in US elections may distort public access to information about candidates, issues, affecting democratic institutions)
• Who benefits from this problem?
• Who has the ability, the power, and the money to influence public debates about a particular social problem? In other words, how are problems framed for public consumption?
• Who should do something about the social problem, and what? (e.g., government, individuals, businesses, institutions (education, health care, defense, telecommunications). Role of science/research? This part is very critical! Students should be a voice for change.
Students must present their research and solutions for change via software recommended in learning activities > week zero such as: voice thread, Prezi or screen cast-o-matic. Speaking narrative and images are required. The presentation should be approximately 15-20 minutes. Include somewhere in the presentation the references used. Students must submit a working link to their presentation.