Instructions from my professor: Writing Prompt The writing prompt is rather simp


Instructions from my professor:
Writing Prompt
The writing prompt is rather simply and fairly open-ended:
In your first legitimate discussion post that you should have completed by now you stated some of your interests within the realm of Social Psychology. I want you to take one of those interests of your choosing and pursue this idea even futher as a research topic. I will not formally confine you to choosing the topic you stated in your discussion, you can pick whatever you want so long as it is an issue within the realm of Social Psychology. Having said that, they are already there, they are your preliminary interests, and you’ve already done the work so it would be easiest to just take your own previously stated idea and run with it.
Guidelines
Moving on from that, once you have chosen your topic, you are to conduct a 3-5 source targeted literature review on your topic with the end goal being a formal research hypothesis (or hypotheses) on the topic. This review should run roughly about 3-5 pages (over is fine, under is not) not including an attached reference page and title page. An abstract does not need to be completed. All should conform to current APA standards. Again, if you need guidance in this aspect please consult the Academic Writer modules and I will also include separate attachments for your reference.
Format
Once you understand literature reviews you realize they have a pretty formulaic structure. However I do not expect you to have that or any preexisting knowledge regarding them and as such am going to provide you with my general expectations for the structure of the Literature Review here:
Introduction
This is the beginning of your Literature review where you briefly state your topic of research and your reasons for conducting said research. These reasons can range, but for the sake of this course should generally fall under a few different justifications:
Theoretical inconsistencies (your research and rationale conflicts with a previously held theory; two theories disagree; theories only work under some conditions or populations)
Gaps in research (what hasn’t been studied? Different groups of people? Relationships with other social psych phenomena?)
Need for action (findings in this area will provide an in-need benefit to a population.
This Introduction should be rather brief (2-3 paragraphs or so) and should outline ultimately ‘what you are doing’ and ‘why you are doing it’ to your audience. You will want to cite any articles that help you flush out this section. It should naturally then flow into your theoretical section.
Theory
This is where you identify your theory or social construct(s) and define them. By the end of this section your audience should know what it is, how it is defined, and what are the relevant findings regarding this theory that either help define or bolster your rationale for conducting this research. If using multiple theories to any degree you should do this separately for each theory. You will want to cite articles that you reference when establishing your theories.
Rationale
You will now want to take this theory and apply it accordingly when putting forward your rationale. This section should explain how this theory lends support to your hypothesis and should lead your audience by the hand so that they may be able to reach the same reasoning as you when you state your hypothesis. You will want to back up as many claims or assumptions in your rationale with your sources! This lends strength to your argument just like the theory does. Your rationale should logically flow from theory to hypothesize and as such the last statement you make should be:
Hypothesis
One or two sentences stating your research expectation.
Practical Implications
I would like you to add an extra section at the end in which you discuss the practical implications of your research. Be sure and go into how it may be applied to the real world, who it might help, and how it might be implemented.
My personal ideas on the subject:
My paper topic is going to be on prejudice. I want to know how prejudice has become so ingrained in our psyche that it spills into the way we view others, speak, and even think.
My big question about prejudice is how has it become so ingrained in society that we automatically apply these prejudices and sterotypes to people we have never met and see once in passing by? I read once that your first thought is what you’ve been “trained” or taught to think, but your afterthought is how you truly feel. For example, if I see a bigger person wearing more revealing clothes, my first thought is “oh they shouldn’t be wearing that, they need to cover up”, but then I remind myself, “no, it’s their body, they have the confidence in themselves to dress however they want to, and I have no right to judge them for that.” I’ve just been “trained” as I was growing up that there was only one way you should do things, and as I’ve gotten older and I’m trying to get myself out of that one way viewpoint, I have to constantly correct and redirect my thought processes. But not everyone does this. Not everyone realizes that the one way view cannot be applied to everyone, because everyone is SO different. So my question is how can something like prejudice be so ingrained in us, even when we don’t realize it? Even when we try to be more open minded and less self centered, how can those thoughts still just sit in the back of our mind??
I think understanding where prejudice comes from could be a stepping stone into potentially solving it and understanding it’s roots and how they’ve grown to separate society versus being able to come together to solve issues the world faces. Prejudice is definitely something that holds people back. Personally, just because I didn’t agree with an action someone else did, doesn’t mean I hold hate or disdain for them in my mind and heart. I just choose not to associate with that person or that action. Although I know everyone is different, this is one thing I cannot wrap my head around why everyone can’t be on the same page with. How can one person hold so much hate in their heart for one thing that they feel actual anger and hatred towards certain people for it? An example would be that following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a lot of Americans held hatred in their heart for the Japanese as a whole. Not the Japanese soldiers, or the Japanese leaders, but Japanese people in general. Americans blamed the entire race and hated them so much, they created internment camps for Japanese Americans because they thought that they would turn on America. Even though these people were living in America and even though they were just as much American as they were Japanese. Prejudice is heavy, and it’s definitely a heavy subject, but that is why I want to learn more about it and how it can effect people so much that it alters their views of entire groups of people instead of blaming the sole person or group that caused the problem in the first place.
Instructions from my professor: Writing Prompt The writing prompt is rather simp


Instructions from my professor:
Writing Prompt
The writing prompt is rather simply and fairly open-ended:
In your first legitimate discussion post that you should have completed by now you stated some of your interests within the realm of Social Psychology. I want you to take one of those interests of your choosing and pursue this idea even futher as a research topic. I will not formally confine you to choosing the topic you stated in your discussion, you can pick whatever you want so long as it is an issue within the realm of Social Psychology. Having said that, they are already there, they are your preliminary interests, and you’ve already done the work so it would be easiest to just take your own previously stated idea and run with it.
Guidelines
Moving on from that, once you have chosen your topic, you are to conduct a 3-5 source targeted literature review on your topic with the end goal being a formal research hypothesis (or hypotheses) on the topic. This review should run roughly about 3-5 pages (over is fine, under is not) not including an attached reference page and title page. An abstract does not need to be completed. All should conform to current APA standards. Again, if you need guidance in this aspect please consult the Academic Writer modules and I will also include separate attachments for your reference.
Format
Once you understand literature reviews you realize they have a pretty formulaic structure. However I do not expect you to have that or any preexisting knowledge regarding them and as such am going to provide you with my general expectations for the structure of the Literature Review here:
Introduction
This is the beginning of your Literature review where you briefly state your topic of research and your reasons for conducting said research. These reasons can range, but for the sake of this course should generally fall under a few different justifications:
Theoretical inconsistencies (your research and rationale conflicts with a previously held theory; two theories disagree; theories only work under some conditions or populations)
Gaps in research (what hasn’t been studied? Different groups of people? Relationships with other social psych phenomena?)
Need for action (findings in this area will provide an in-need benefit to a population.
This Introduction should be rather brief (2-3 paragraphs or so) and should outline ultimately ‘what you are doing’ and ‘why you are doing it’ to your audience. You will want to cite any articles that help you flush out this section. It should naturally then flow into your theoretical section.
Theory
This is where you identify your theory or social construct(s) and define them. By the end of this section your audience should know what it is, how it is defined, and what are the relevant findings regarding this theory that either help define or bolster your rationale for conducting this research. If using multiple theories to any degree you should do this separately for each theory. You will want to cite articles that you reference when establishing your theories.
Rationale
You will now want to take this theory and apply it accordingly when putting forward your rationale. This section should explain how this theory lends support to your hypothesis and should lead your audience by the hand so that they may be able to reach the same reasoning as you when you state your hypothesis. You will want to back up as many claims or assumptions in your rationale with your sources! This lends strength to your argument just like the theory does. Your rationale should logically flow from theory to hypothesize and as such the last statement you make should be:
Hypothesis
One or two sentences stating your research expectation.
Practical Implications
I would like you to add an extra section at the end in which you discuss the practical implications of your research. Be sure and go into how it may be applied to the real world, who it might help, and how it might be implemented.
My personal ideas on the subject:
My paper topic is going to be on prejudice. I want to know how prejudice has become so ingrained in our psyche that it spills into the way we view others, speak, and even think.
My big question about prejudice is how has it become so ingrained in society that we automatically apply these prejudices and sterotypes to people we have never met and see once in passing by? I read once that your first thought is what you’ve been “trained” or taught to think, but your afterthought is how you truly feel. For example, if I see a bigger person wearing more revealing clothes, my first thought is “oh they shouldn’t be wearing that, they need to cover up”, but then I remind myself, “no, it’s their body, they have the confidence in themselves to dress however they want to, and I have no right to judge them for that.” I’ve just been “trained” as I was growing up that there was only one way you should do things, and as I’ve gotten older and I’m trying to get myself out of that one way viewpoint, I have to constantly correct and redirect my thought processes. But not everyone does this. Not everyone realizes that the one way view cannot be applied to everyone, because everyone is SO different. So my question is how can something like prejudice be so ingrained in us, even when we don’t realize it? Even when we try to be more open minded and less self centered, how can those thoughts still just sit in the back of our mind??
I think understanding where prejudice comes from could be a stepping stone into potentially solving it and understanding it’s roots and how they’ve grown to separate society versus being able to come together to solve issues the world faces. Prejudice is definitely something that holds people back. Personally, just because I didn’t agree with an action someone else did, doesn’t mean I hold hate or disdain for them in my mind and heart. I just choose not to associate with that person or that action. Although I know everyone is different, this is one thing I cannot wrap my head around why everyone can’t be on the same page with. How can one person hold so much hate in their heart for one thing that they feel actual anger and hatred towards certain people for it? An example would be that following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a lot of Americans held hatred in their heart for the Japanese as a whole. Not the Japanese soldiers, or the Japanese leaders, but Japanese people in general. Americans blamed the entire race and hated them so much, they created internment camps for Japanese Americans because they thought that they would turn on America. Even though these people were living in America and even though they were just as much American as they were Japanese. Prejudice is heavy, and it’s definitely a heavy subject, but that is why I want to learn more about it and how it can effect people so much that it alters their views of entire groups of people instead of blaming the sole person or group that caused the problem in the first place.

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