Using data tables from the American Community Survey (as displayed in Social Explorer), discuss and describe empirical data regarding a social problem of your choice Essay Assignment

Final Essay Assignment
SOC 216
Using data tables from the American Community Survey (as displayed in Social
Explorer), discuss and describe empirical data regarding a social problem of your choice.
Step 1
Choose one of the following Social Problems:
Wealth and Poverty
 Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Gender Inequality
 Inequality Based on Age
 The Changing Family
 Problems in Education
Step 2
Provide a 1-2 page literature review of the social problem you picked in Step 1 make
use of at least 2 peer-reviewed articles (you may use articles from the Annotated
Bibliography Wiki) as well as the information provided in the textbook. Your review
should draw on the reading materials by using in-text citations. For your citations you
must use ASA style. Your review should address the following issues:
 A definition of the social problem
 A description of the population(s) that may be affected by the social problem
 A description of the contributing or underlying issues of the social problem
Step 3
Access the 2012-2016 5-year estimates of the American Community Survey Data
through Social Explorer. Pick a state of your choice and, using the PowerPoint slides
provided, find two data tables that directly address the social problem and its
contributing factors as discussed in Step 2. Copy the tables to your essay (make sure to
reference the table’s source using ASA style).
Step 4
Provide a detailed description of the tables you picked in Step 3. What do they display?
Describe the tables and statistics in a way that somebody who has not seen them would
have all the important information.
Step 5
Evaluate the information provided in the tables in relation to the social problem you
discussed in step 2 and interpret the tables in a way that is sociologically meaningful. Do
the tables confirm or reject the information discussed in step 2? Do the tables display
any surprising or intriguing results? How can these results be explained from a
sociological perspective?
What to Submit:
1. Literature Review (see Step 2)
2. ACS tables (see Step 3)
3. Detailed description of data shown in tables (see Step 4)
4. Discussion and interpretation of tables in relation to literature review (see
Step 5)