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Affirmative Action - A. E. Sadler (Editor)
Call Number: 331.13 AFF
ISBN: 1565103874
Publication Date: 1996-01-01
This book discusses the debate on the accomplishments of affirmative action programs, efforts to increase employment opportunities for minorities and women.

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Assisted Suicide - Karen F. Balkin (Editor)
Call Number: 179.7 ASS
ISBN: 0737721987
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
Raises the question of "Is assisted suicide ethical?"

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Before Their Time - David L. Parker; Tom Harkin (Foreword by); David Parker
Call Number: 331.3 PAR
ISBN: 1593720246
Publication Date: 2007-09-03
Photographs and text reveal the plight of children around the world who are forced to work, many of them in harmful industries such as prostitution and forced military service, by their families and government.

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The Complete Self-Care Guide to Holistic Medicine - Robert S. Ivker; Robert A. Anderson; Larry Trivieri
Call Number: 615.6 IVK
ISBN: 0874779863
Publication Date: 1999-09-13

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Countries and Their Cultures - Melvin Ember (Editor); Carol R. Ember (Editor)
Call Number: REF 306.03 COU
ISBN: 0028649508
Publication Date: 2001-05-23
Profiles alphabetically arranged countries, providing an overview of the cultures that shape each one. Topics covered include history, ethnic relations, urbanism, food and economy, social stratification, politics, gender roles and statuses, marriage, kinship, etiquette, religion, health care, secular celebrations, arts and humanities, and the sciences. This volume covers A-C.

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Does Capital Punishment Deter Crime? - Steve Schonebaum (Editor)
Call Number: 364.66 SCH
ISBN: 1565100913
Publication Date: 1998-01-01

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Eating Disorders - Lorraine Savage
Call Number: 362.196 EAT
ISBN: 9780737738728
Publication Date: 2007-12-14
Discusses various aspects of eating disorders.

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Feminism - Greenhaven
Call Number: 305.42 FEM
ISBN: 0737754400
Publication Date: 2012-04-27
Presents twenty-four essays on the topic of feminism, discussing the state of the movement in the twenty-first century, the impact of recent political contests on American feminism, the role of religion, and the impact of feminism on sexuality and reproductive rights.

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Genocide - Linda Jacobs Altman
Call Number: 364.1510 ALT
ISBN: 089490664X
Publication Date: 1995-08-01
Discusses the age-old origins of what is now called genocide, and recounts the destruction of the Native Americans, the massacre of the Armenians, the Ukrainian famine, the murder of Jews and others in the Holocaust, the killing fields of Cambodia, and contemporary examples such as Bosnia, Somalia, and Rwanda.

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The Gun Control Debate - Lee Nisbet (Editor)
Call Number: 363.3309 NIS
ISBN: 0879756187
Publication Date: 1990-12-01
A culture in conflict, Controlling crime and violence, guns for self-defense, Interpreting the second admendment.

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Homelessness - Sara D. Criswell
Call Number: 362.5097 CRI
ISBN: 1560061804
Publication Date: 1997-06-01
Discusses the causes of homelessness, life on the streets, homeless children, the shelter system, and help for the homeless.

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Private Choices, Public Consequences - Lynda Beck Fenwick
Call Number: 176 FEN
ISBN: 0525942637
Publication Date: 1998-01-01
Reproductive technology and the new ethics of conception, pregnancy and family.

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    a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that presents both sides of controversial issues
  • Affirmative Action
    Offers pros and cons, as well as history on affirmative action.
  • Capital Punishment
    offers pros and cons of the dealth penalty and views on capital punishment.
  • Discrimination offers statistics, facts, and term on discrimination.
  • Eating Disorders
    Offers general information on various types of eating disorders, including types, symptoms, and statistics.
  • Gun Ownership
    Lists pros, cons, statistics, and related information on gun ownership.
  • Healthcare
    Should all Americans have the right (be entitled) to health care; lists pros, cons, and offers statistcs.
  • Holistic Medicine
    National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
  • Homelessness
    Offers statistics and history of homlessness in the Unites States.
  • InVitro Pregnancy
    Offers a wide variety of information, including pros and cons as well as history of InVitro.
  • Malthusian Theories
    Links to Malthusian Theory of Population
  • McDonaldization
    Theorizing/Resisting McDonaldization: A Multiperspectivist Approach

  • Prostitution
    Lists pros and cons of prostitution and various related topics.
  • Secularization
    Links to Encyclopedia Article talking about Secularization
  • Suicide
    Offers information on Euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide.

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Sociology Position Paper          


A position paper presents an aruable opinion about an issue.  The goal of a postion paper is to convince the audience that your opinion is valid and worth listening to.  Idea that you are considering need to be carefully examined in choosing a topic, developing an argument, and organizing your paper.  It is very improtant to ensure that you are addressing all sides of the issue and presenting it in a manner that is easy for your audience to understand.  Your job is to take one side of the argument and persuade your audience that you have well-founded knowledge of the topic being presented. It is important to suport your argument with evidence to ensure the validity of your claims, as well as to address the counterclaims to show that you are will informed about both sides. 

Make sure to consider the following:

  • Issue Criteria-  your topic must be a relevant and identifiable social issue.
  • Analyzing/developing an argument-  Once you have selected you topic, you should do some research on the subject matter.  You need to ensure that your position is well supported by finding supporting evidence such as, factual knowledge, statistical inferences, informed opinions, and personal testimony. 



                           Introduction                   (20 points)         

                          Counter Argument         (30 points)

                          Your Argument               (60 points)

                           Conclusion                      (20 points)

                           Bibliography                    (10 points)

The above outline is the required format of your position paper.  The paper is to be double-spaced, 12 font, typed and grammatically correct.  Normal margins, normal headers, normal footers, and using MLA format.  If you quote something directly, place quotations and use an in-text citation that credits a source with the quote.  Bibliography needed!


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