Sociology essay… | Sociology homework help
Preparation for Writing Paper 2:
1. Review course materials on race and the American family
2. Find outside sources on race and the American family/and or media representations (4
3. Choose 3 television shows you believe are good examples of how US media represents
race and family on television (stereotypes, lack of representation, etc.). You can use the
same shows you used for paper 1 if they contain the material necessary for this paper.
4. Once you have chosen your television shows, watch an episode or two, and take notes.
Your notes will help provide more detail for your examples.
5. Your paper should include the following:
Appendix of your three TV shows episodes
The appendix (
in your own words
) needs to provide general information on each of the
programs included in your analysis. This should include an overview of the setting, relevant
characters, and the target audience. Again, you do not need to summarize the episodes that you
watched. Just give me a quick background of the show Make sure to tell me the TV show name,
season of the episode you are using for your paper, and the episode number and title that you are
using. You can use more than one episode, but it tends to be easiest to select one episode per TV
Explain what your paper is about. What about race and family are you covering? In order to
guide your writing, you should have a couple of questions that you are attempting to answer
What are the differences across the programs in terms of portraying race/ethnicity,
representation of racial groups? Are stereotypes common, and how can they be harmful?
those in your introduction, and name the shows you have watched. In this paper you would
obviously focus on race.
Literature Review and Overall Body of Paper
This is where you bring in course materials and outside sources. Use them to support your
statements about media representation of race and family. This is where you also include your
television shows as examples.
Why does this paper matter? Tell us about the importance of accurate representations of racial
groups in American Television. Give us a summary of what you observed.
Reference List of your four outside scholarly resources
NOTE: Do not use blogs, Wikipedia or other online encyclopedia sources such as
answer.com in this assignment. These are not reputable, peer-reviewed scholarly sources.
An excellent place to start is the “Web of Science” database, which you can access via the library
website (you do not have to be on campus to access the database – you will just have to log in