Research papers will be 6 – 8 pages on a chosen topic reflecting your thoughts and perspectives relating to the social “self”. This research paper is based on appraisal of the social “self” by examining personal attitudes in relation to group processes through a carefully reasoned research paper. Students will select two social psychological concepts from our class textbook. Your Research Paper will adhere to this structure: Your first section, Thesis and Literature Review must contain a well-focused thesis and your two theories/concepts that you are researching. The literature must include material from our class textbook (2 sources) and 3 additional articles that summarize your theories/concepts. All 5 sources must be properly cited both in this section and in your Works Cited section. Your Methods section will include data from your personality profile; 20 Statements Test; Personal Assessment from How the World Sees You; The Four Agreements; or any other method which may include either a qualitative research method (ex: interviews) or a quantitative research method (ex: surveys). Any of these methods are acceptable but it must be based on your “self”. Your Discussion section is a detailed analysis of your findings. This is a very thorough section and includes your personal perspectives, and your reactions from your Methods section. Your Conclusion section should contain an impactful summary that relates back to your thesis. It is also suggested that recommendations for future research is also included within your Conclusion. Works Cited includes all properly cited sources used within your paper.

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