Read the Rubric Carefully and Work Step by Step, Expanding on your Outline.
The Final Research Paper is basically an EXPANDED Version of your Outline!!!
Follow the Rubric Carefully, as usual (VERY IMPORTANT).
Your Final Project should focus on Health Disparities in the United States (not in Pakistan or China or South Korea), based on information about health disparities portrayed in the Unnatural Causes Video, articles listed in this course, and other materials uncovered in your Library Skills Tutorial.
Here’s the layout of the Final Research Paper (and please include word count for every section):
1. WORKING TITLE: be specific, including time and place. For example: The Coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco, California, in 2020, which has affected mostly people of color.
How diabetes predisposes minorities to degenerative diseases, such as cancer and diabetes in the U.S.
Food scarcity in poor neighborhoods in the SF Bay place Latinos and African Americans at greater risk for Covid-19.
Racial Discrimination is a risk factor for pregnant mothers who deliver low-weight babies in the United States.
2. An ABSTRACT (a paragraph, not bullets), which should be something like this (and doesn’t require references, yet)
THESE ARE SUGGESTIONS:
A. WHAT and When – This article is about … (title, in detail), which takes place in … My research question is …
B. WHERE – It takes place in… Orange County, Southern California, where racial discrimination places ethnic minorities at higher risk for … or place of residence … or gender… or social economic status …
C. WHY – Significance: The reason why I’ve chosen this topic is because I myself have been affected by … discrimination… homelessness… student debt… poverty… and therefore I have some understanding of how health disparities can jeopardize the situation of …..
D. HOW – Argument (something you believe in): In my research, I have found out that … here comes your argument! And I am quoting a student in this class (thanks!) who is arguing that: “People protesting stay-at-home orders are prolonging the stay-at-home orders.” Simple and very Clear. Make an argument, too! I believe that … I argue that …
E. Sources of Information: I have resorted to scholarly articles in ___ peer-reviewed journals, retrieved from OneSearch in the SF State Library database. In addition, I have resorted to news media articles retrieved from ….. in order to address my research topic using the most current news media pieces about …..
The Abstract should be a paragraph that flows well together, rather than bullets. Essay style. Min. of 150 words, Max of 300. Check abstracts in the peer-reviewed scholarly articles you are including in your references, for models of how to write abstracts.
3. Introduction: Subtitle … Specific. Significance.- related to Unnatural Causes,
The reason why I chose this topic of … is because of the segment … in the video Unnatural Causes, produced by … in … year. According to my segment of choice to analyze my topic and develop my argument for this paper … Here you come with your argument and expand… 3 citations required from your Unnatural Causes’ segment of choice (whether it is on Place Matters, Diabetes, Race/Ethnicity, etc.). Write about your own life situation, or that of your family or community. Use the first person: I believe that … Or My parents… My family… My neighbors. Cite evidence. Word count: 500 words.
Also, insert at least one reference to a peer-reviewed article, to strengthen your argument. Such as: According to … research scientists at … University, the reason why people of color suffer disproportionately from poor health is because “……” (author, year:page number). APA citation required
WORD Count for Introduction: 500 words (include word count).
4. Discussion with Literature review.
Now discuss your other peer-reviewed articles, citing each one of them as they relate to your research topic. Here, you should resort to the “They Say/I Say” Word count: 300.
5. Final Thoughts: Wrap up with a few paragraphs underlining at least TEN main Social Science and Medicine concepts you have learned to use throughout this course. Main concepts include: health disparities, poverty, racism, education equity, human rights, food security, mental illness, domestic violence, violence against women and children, student debt, diabetes and trauma, vulnerable populations, housing crisis, Covid-19, opioid emergency, and many other important issues specific health-related issues. Word count: 500 words.
6. References Cited, following APA citation guidelines.
7. FINAL word count: Add up all sections and enter here the final tally.
Keep up the good work — we’re almost there!