Final Paper Instructions
Below are a few claims relevant to social psychology (and our course material) that are frequently made, but not true. Choose one of the following three incorrect claims, and then follow the instructions below.
Human social judgments and perceptions are infallible.
Sexism is no longer a problem in the United States.
Racism is no longer a problem in the United States.
In a 3-4 page (3-4 pages of content/text, not references) paper with at least 3 sources (see below), explain in your own words why the claim is incorrect using principles we learned in the course, and provide one concrete example of the claim being propagated in the “real world.” You also must discuss what the issues are with society accepting the false claim at face value (in other words, what problems might it cause for society that many people think that the false claim is true?).
Your concrete example should come from the media. This can be a news event or article, or an occurrence in popular culture. Alternatively, if you want to use social media posts from public figures as examples, or if you want to use movies, that is fine. The concrete example should not be a personal anecdote or hypothetical example.
You must incorporate at least 2 principles/phenomena (if not more) from the course to show why the claim is inaccurate. Make sure each principle/phenomenon is clearly explained or defined, and provide a real-world, external (in other words, not hypothetical, and not from your personal life) example of each one (for instance, a news event, an incident with a celebrity or public figure, or even a social media post by a public figure).
If you are choosing the racism or sexism topics, your phenomena may not simply be “prejudice,” “stereotypes,” or “discrimination”; you must be more specific than that.
You must have at least 3 sources. One can be the textbook, one must be a peer-reviewed journal article (which you find using library databases such as PsycInfo or Google Scholar) or academic book, and one can be another source (e.g., blog from a reputable source such as Psychology Today, or an article from Scientific American). If you are in doubt about the acceptability of a source, run it by me.
You do not need a title page or abstract, but otherwise your paper should adhere to APA format, including citations, references, and font/spacing (Times New Roman size 12 font, 1” margins on all sides with no extra spacing between paragraphs; if there is extra spacing or incorrect margins, font size, etc., I will change it and evaluate length based on the corrected format).
Remember that any factual claims must be cited.
Final Paper Instructions