final research paper 1.5

For the written Research Paper (approximately 2000 words in length; APA style): each of you will write your paper discussing stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. By completing your own research, you will analyze various components of discrimination, prejudice and stereotypes and discuss the impact these have in the real world.   

The criteria for evaluating the research paper will include: 1. Content: scholarly/theoretical review, fully covers all components 2. Application of source material: connect research with course material concepts and theories, comprehensive research literature review 3. Integration: application of course material and research for real world events and video, evidence of critical analysis 4. Personal insight/reaction: apply research to personal experiences and demonstrate new insights. Reaction to literature and to required video. 5. Organization/Grammar/APA format: coherent (ideas flow clearly), concise, clarity of presentation. Technical writing skills, appropriate grammar and writing style, APA formatted reference page and in-text citations.  

The purpose of this Research project is to demonstrate your ability to 

Analyze and synthesize researched information about stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination and discuss how it impacts individuals and groups 

Discuss the required video and the impact genetics and environment has on biases and prejudices 

Evaluate prejudice and discrimination in the real world and analyze the impact of stereotyping, prejudices and discrimination  

Write a paper (body of the paper is 2000 words at least) that is double-spaced and written in APA Writing Style with in-text citations and references, including an abstract and an APA reference page. 

Specific Final Paper Instructions

To get started on this project, please Watch this TED talks video, can prejudice ever be a good thing?

There is closed captioning for this video. Please notify your instructor if you can’t access this video.
This is the same video you watched for the part 1 of this research project. You might want to watch it again, before you begin writing the final paper.

Research these topics and address all these questions below in your paper:

Compare and contrast the concepts: prejudices, stereotypes, and discrimination?

What does the author, Paul Bloom, say in the required video about prejudices and biases? Please make sure to describe specific parts of the video.

According to the literature and research, why might we innately be prone to stereotyping and prejudices? How might stereotyping and prejudices be part of a survival mechanism? What does the Evolutionary theory suggest is the role evolution plays in prejudices and biases?

According to literature and research, how does culture and learning play a role in prejudices, stereotyping, and racism? How does external factors, like religion, the news media, social media sites, politics, etc. play a role in stereotypes and discrimination?

What is Implicit Bias? How might implicit biases play a role in stereotyping, prejudices, discrimination and racism?
What is the Social Identity theory and how does it relate to biases? What also is in-group vs. out-group, and how does it apply to prejudices, discrimination and racism?

Research Stereotype Threat. What does the research show about how stereotype threat can impact individuals and groups of people and the way they behave and perform?

What are the effects of prejudices, stereotypes, and discrimination on individuals, groups of people, and to our society as a whole?

Evaluate real world stereotyping, prejudices and/or discrimination to discuss how these terms and concepts above may have played a role in real life situations and how the people involved were/are impacted? (see suggestions below)

Understanding that we all have innate and/or learned prejudice/bias, what does the research suggest we can do to combat them and make them less influential?

Lastly, in your conclusion, discuss what is your own reaction to the video and the research. Where do you believe we get our prejudices from? Also describe your own personal prejudices and biases and evaluate where you might have adopted these biases. (This is the only time in your paper where you will write in the 1st person, please only add 1-2 paragraphs for this section and only add it at the end of your paper. Thank you.)

Write a paper (body of the paper is at least 2000 words) that is double-spaced and written in APA Writing Style with in-text citations and references, including an abstract and an APA reference page. If your paper is exceeding more than 2500 words, please reach out to your instructor to get approval. 


At least eight sources will be referenced in the APA format on the reference page and cited in your final paper.  

One of your sources will be the course textbook for this course (if you use multiple chapters from the e-text, please reference all chapters on the reference page, and cite all chapters in your paper, but all chapters together only count as one source) 

One source will be the required TED video  

Other sources will include articles that you locate on your own. You will need to locate at least six sources on your own and four of the sources will need to be peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles.  

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