Blog #2 Assignment: Community Change Topic

Blog #2 Assignment: Community Change Topic (40 points possible) – Due Week 6
The goal of this blog post is to analyze a social problem at your community level, and devise a
summary plan for making social change, which should include statistics from the U.S. Census
FactFinder website and connections to at least 3 major concepts from the course materials that
fit with your summary plan.
Locate city-level data as evidence of a social problem in your hometown, current city where you
live, or another community that you would like to explore by going to the U.S. Census American
Factfinder and enter the city or zip code in to the search
box: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml
Social problem topics to choose based on data in the FactFinder include (but are not limited to):
• Educational attainment
• School enrollment
• Income inequality
• Income gaps for men and women
• Poverty levels
• Unemployment rates
• Housing issues
• Environmental issues (such as
means for commuting to
work/commute times)
• Occupations/industries in decline
(look at previous years for trends)
• Veteran issues such as
unemployment and disabilities
• Aging households
Important: You must use the data that you find in on the Census FactFinder for your chosen
city. Do not use a different data source for this assignment, which will result in a zero on the
blog post.
On comparing your data: You may choose to use statistics only from the city of your choice, or
you may choose to compare to another city or the national averages, or you may choose to
compare the current information from your city to previous years’ data. It is up to you how you
would like to share the statistics as evidence of the problem.
In at least 400 words write your blog following the steps outlined below and submit to the Blog
#2 – Community Change forum. Be sure to cite
• Introduce your topic and the community of your choice. Give a description of the social
problem, and include the statistics to provide significance of the problem. Why is it
necessary to make changes? (Paraphrase and cite course materials where appropriate,
no quotations!)
• Lay out a plan for change. How do you see the best course of action for making
changes? What specifically do you think needs to be done? What do you think will be
difficult to overcome, and what can we do about it? Are there organizations already
helping, and what would be most helpful? (Paraphrase and cite course materials where
appropriate, no quotations!)
• Provide a conclusion that wraps up your summary and plan and provide ideas for future
involvement. (Paraphrase and cite course materials where appropriate, no quotations!)
SOC 352 – Jennifer L. Harrison, PhD
• You are encouraged to add images to your blog post such as photos, graphs, or other
visuals that help make your points.
• Please be sure to include a link to your American FactFinder data in your blog post and
cite your sources from the course materials and any other sources you may use.
For peer feedback, focus on giving feedback to at least 2 other students’ blog posts on what
connections to the course materials the blog could make. Paraphrase course materials where
appropriate. Do not post feedback to other blogs that already have 3 peer comments.

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