This week all of the research and reading from The Partials and the news websites will lead you to a possible research area that you will spend the rest of the semester researching, reading, and writing about.
It is important that you land on an area that really interests you since you will be spending so much time working on this area. I have a few rules and a few suggestions.:
The first rule is you can’t write about anything you have ever written on before. This needs to be a new topic that peeks your curiosity. Curiosity is the number one need for this area of research. You have to care and want to learn about it. Very few times in our lives do we get to chose our own direction when it comes to our studies. This is one of those moments. Don’t waste it.
The second rule is don’t pick topics that are outragiously controversial that you already have a strong opinion about (ei: abortion, gun control, marijuana use). If you have a firmly evolved opinion about a topic you won’t be able to research with an unbiased eye. Pick wisely. An argumentative paper on abortion will fail you in this class.
A suggestion I have is that you are really interested in area you chose. The best paper I ever received in this class was on zombies! Yes, zombies! You may say: “but wait, zombies don’t exist!” And you would be right but, this student was able to really delve into zombies in our society based upon possible gene mutations due to changes in our environment. Lesson? You would be better off with a strange off the road kind of area of research than going safe.
Another suggestion is that sometimes people don’t think about certain areas of research, for example “dogs”, because they don’t think they are social issues. But, it would be an interesting and appropriate subject if you considered the relationships between humans and dogs.
A reminder. You do not have to chose a social issue from the book The Partials.
After thinking about all of the things you have read and all of the research that you have done, find an area of research from either the book or your online research that you think that you could do a full blown research project on. What is the topic? What kind of questions and problems does this topic bring up? Think about how you could create a full essay from these ideas. You will be creating Discussion and Microtheme 5 from this work.
TED Talks Links to an external site.is the first place I’d like you to explore. It stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, and has a menu of topic areas from A to Z. Each talk is around 10-15 minutes in length and is given by an expert in a field who has something important and interesting to convey. The topics include almost anything you can imagine, from addiction, Muslim kids, and designer babies to cyber-crime, online abuse of women, queer vision of love and marriage, and the list goes on.
Online databases in the Shasta College Library can also prove helpful in this initial stage of finding topics. Databases such as CQ Researcher Links to an external site.contain reports that include a full background, usable graphics, and accessible bibliographic sources on hundreds of current topics of import. The reports are written for members of Congress. The database also offers a list of “Hot Topics” as well as “Most Viewed.” You may want to browse the Research Paper Learning Module in our online library as well to see more advice about finding worthy topics to write on.
Another way of going about finding topics would be to watch the nightly news–or to pick up a magazine. I try to listen to the independent radio show DemocracyNow.org Links to an external site.and the national news, NPR Links to an external site.((National Public radio), and whenever possible, I watch BBC News, the PBS News Hour, and whatever else I can get to in the early evening. I’m sure you have your own additional news sources on Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. Maybe a news story will strike you as something to write about. Sometimes I go to the bookstore just to browse magazines such as the New Yorker, Mother Jones, or the Atlantic (this browsing can also be done through our online library databases). Often I’ll find a wonderful and important article on current global issues such as water in Yemen! that I find to be intriguing.
You can be a rich source of topic ideas, too. Think of: materials you’ve encountered in other classes that might give you ideas; an experience that you or people you care about have had might arouse curiosity or inspire concern; issues related to social groups you belong to (meaning socioeconomic class, gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality, nationality, religion, etc.,); issues related to your own academic major as well.
As you look around, try to find topics that raise interesting questions for you, that offer the possibility of research, and that will challenge you to think critically. Make a rich list of these topics for your consideration and then narrow it down to several before moving on to the next assignment, where you will introduce one topic you’re considering to the class and formulate a possible working thesis question based on that topic.
An example of a topic I’m interested in is organ donation. I’ve read a few interesting scholarly journal articles on how people make decisions about donating. One article is titled”Gift of Life or Sacrifice?: Key Discourses to Understanding Organ Donor Families’ Decision-Making” by Magi Sque, Sheila Payne, and Jill Macleod Clark, published in January of 2007. I came away with several worthy questions based on this one article:
How do ethnicity, age, or socioeconomic class factor into decisions about organ donation?
What can various religions teach us about organ donation?
Should organ donation be required at some level?
Should donors be compensated for organ donation? If so, in what way/s, and to what extent?
After looking at social issues in the book The Partials, online through the news media, and our in class discussions compile a list of social issues that seem interesting. Write a 2 to 3 sentence explanation of the social issue, why it interests you, and explain where you found it. Remember these are possible topics for your big research project. Make sure that it can be researched (RM from The Partials can’t be researched. It is fiction!).
Can you please make sure it says Stowe 1 in the header and make an interesting title. Also, can you please make sure that the work citied page is on a separate page.
This assignment is due 03/05/2023 but it only always me to go up to 14 days. I wanted to get it in because I have a busy week.