"To begin, you will select a social justice issue." (from the Research Essay assignment description)
Write an argumentative and information research essay on your topic.
What is the problem?
What is a brief history of the problem?
What is the actual controversy?
Why is this problem and related controversy significant?
What is the central question?
What are the competing answers to the central question?
What evidence, examples, rhetorical appeals and devices does each competing answer use to support its stance?
Select a Social Aspect Research Topic
Professor Horowitz suggests the following:
Indigenous land/water supply rights (Dakota Access Pipeline)
Flint, Michigan water crisis
murdered and missing indigenous (aboriginal) women in the US and Canada
femicide on the US/Mexico border (Ciudad Juarez murders)
the right to be appointed counsel for unrepresented children in immigration proceedings
for-profit prisons and undocumented immigration reform
the prison industrial complex and inmate rights
transgender inmate rights
preventing and responding to violence against the trans community
LGBTQ homeless youth and shelter policies
protecting LGBTQ youth from "conversion therapy"
Equality Act, which would establish protections against discrimination based on an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education, etc.
rape/rape culture/sexual assault on college campuses
rape/rape culture/sexual assault in the military
criminal justice system sentencing guidelines and sexual assault
gender pay gap
female reproductive rights
gender equality and access to education for women and girls
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
racial justice and the criminal justice system
ending the use of BMI by the medical/insurance industry