How to Do the Term Paper

University of Warsaw
Winter 2008-2009
Social Stratification and Mobility
How to Do the Term Paper
You have a term paper due on January 27, 2009. The term paper is worth 20% of your grade and has the
following guidelines.
Term paper must have minimum five full pages (not four and a half, or four and a third, but five full pages)
and must not be longer that seven full pages. It must be typed, double-spaced with 12 point font, Times New
Roman font and with standard margins (e.g. not excessively large). It must contain your name. The paper must
also have a bibliography/references section. As is standard in academic work, you must cite your sources. You
must have a minimum of five academic sources from academic journals, books, or book chapters. You may
cite websites, but this can only be in addition to the academic sources, and must be from reputable internet
sources. Citation format can be either footnotes, endnotes, or in-text (e.g. Mills 1956). The paper must reach
me via email by no later than 7 p.m. on the day it is due. Email the paper to:
THE PAPER. I suggest you ask for confirmation via email.
The topic of the paper is to be a literature review of the main themes within an area of social stratification.
Subject areas include:
-- The Intersection of Race, Class and Gender in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election
-- Poverty: Theory, Measurement and Policy
-- Gender Stratification
-- Social Stratification and Childhood Socialization
-- Race and Racism in the Contemporary United States
-- The Roma in Europe
-- Classic and Contemporary Themes in Social Mobility Research
-- The American Political Science Association Task Force on Inequality and American Democracy and their
-- Elites and Power in the United States
-- Interactionist Theory and Social Inequality
-- Social Stratification in Post- Communist States
You may write on other topics related to social stratification (e.g. book review). To do so, you must have your
topic approved by the instructor on the date when the Term Paper Outline is due.
Term Paper Outline: You must email me an outline of your term paper by January 13, 2009. The outline is
due by 7 p.m. that day. Failure to turn in the outline will result in an automatic 10% reduction in the overall
grade of your term paper. Elements of the term paper outline are as follows: your name, the topic of your
paper, an introductory paragraph, three to five major headings that describe the main themes in the literature,
and five academic sources you plan to cite in your paper. The format must be:
<<your name>>
Introductory paragraph
Theme A
Theme B
Theme C
And so on