San Jose State University Common Social Problems Discussion

I’m working on a sociology writing question and need an explanation to help me learn.

Literature Review Assignment Directions

Write a final version of your literature review considering feedback from your peers and instructor. This paper should be 7-8 pages, double spaced (2000 words, please include word count in at the end of the assignment). You will use APA 7 formatting, headings and referencing with a minimum of 5 peer reviewed sources focused on the issues or social problem you’re examining.

Your paper should be organized as follows:

  1. The identified social problem/issue

Describe/define the social problem that interests you. Provide national and local data to show the scale of the problem.

  1. The population affected

What is the impact of this problem on the communities that are affected? Describe how they are affected, and provide data/statistics on how this problem is experienced by diverse communities or groups within a community.

  1. What is the problem’s relevance to the social work profession

How/why is this relevant to social work, how does it relate to social work ethics/values (think NASW code of ethics), AND the Transcultural Perspective.

  1. Specific Implications for Social Work Practice and Social Policy

Describe implications for social work practice and policy to address the social problem that you describe. Be sure to discuss both practice and policy implications that address the diverse groups described in section 1 and 2.

  1. Sources of data that help define the problem and population

Provide an analysis of the data sources that you used in section 1 and 2 to help quantify the problem/population. What are the strengths and limitations of these data?

  1. Sources – List your References using APA 7 format

Grading Rubric




Provide a clear and thorough description of the problem and or issues you will focus on by using relevant sources and information.


Provide a clear and thorough description of the population affected by the problem by engaging relevant sources. Particular attention is devoted to specific communities affected.

Relevance to SW

Provide a clear rationale for how the problem illustrates specific social work values and ethics and transcultural perspective

Implications for SW Practice/Policy

Provide a clear rationale for how the problem and population highlights specific aspects social work practice and policy.

Data Sources Analysis

Provide a detailed analysis of strengths and limitations of the data sources used in section 1 and 2, Show how these data help quantify the problem/population.

Writing Components

Structure: Well-structured papers have a logical organization that guides the reader through the topic so that the reader has a clear understanding of how the different parts of the paper fit together.

Flow: Papers that flow well include smooth transitional sentences between paragraphs that help summarize and connect the main points of the paper, as well as fully-developed paragraphs.

Depth: Papers with strong depth reflect a comprehensive review and analysis of relevant content and demonstrate strong critical thinking skills by developing unique perspectives from which to view the topic.

Use of sources: Papers that use sources well include an integration of academic sources so that references are smoothly integrated into the paper topic and are organized around core ideas. Quotations are limited to statements that are particularly striking or examples in which the source’s precise wording is important and APA is used correctly and consistently.

Writing conventions: Papers should follow the grammatical and spelling conventions of standard English, including correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure.

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