SOC 203 Week 5 Final Paper

SOC 203 Week 5 Final Paper

SOC 203 Week 5 Final Paper

Focus of the Final Paper 

Select a social problem to define, describe the scope and consequences of the problem, and assess society’s  responses to the problem (including public policies and other less formal responses). Papers should also present a clearly reasoned alternative that is supported by scholarly research. 

While the following example can be modified to suit your needs, using this outline as a guide will likely result in a high quality final paper: 

1. Title 

2. Abstract 

3. What is the social problem? 

4. Why does this problem qualify as a “social problem”? 

5. What are the individual and social implications of this problem? Discussion of implications should be supported by accurate research data.

6. What do the experts say about the problem? 

7. What have we, as a society, done about this problem? Again, consider public policies and other, less formal responses. 

8. How is this working? 

9. Describe an alternative. 

10. Discuss why the alternative is, or can be, an effective response to the problem. Remember to consider negative consequences of the alternative response. 

11. Conclude with reflections and thoughts about your chosen social problem. This is a good place to include personal opinions, assuming you wish to share them in a research paper.


Drug abuse has been defined as a significant social problem.  This discussion provides an opportunity to examine this problem as well as the consequences of our reliance on punishment as a solution to drug abuse. 

After viewing the required video for this discussion, please answer each of the following questions: 

a. Discuss the differences between a culture’s folkways, mores, and taboos. 

b. Why are some deemed infractions of normative expectations termed criminal and others social?

c. How does this definitional process lead us to incarcerate fellow citizens? 

d. What sociological factors contribute to the criminalization of individuals in society? Explain your answer. 

e. Does the seriousness of drug abuse justify our reliance on the social consequences of incarceration?