In Unit V, you picked a periphery or semi-periphery nation and began researching a social problem(s) being faced in
the nation along with solutions to that problem.
In Unit VII, you are going to write a Problem-Solution Research Paper (at least four pages long) analyzing some of the
social issues and struggles being faced by the nation in the periphery or semi-periphery region and present solutions to
these issues. You will be incorporating important course concepts into your research paper as well, such as globalization,
importance of geography, and sustainability.
The material from the Unit V essay can be used in your Unit VII Problem-Solution
Paper. You can, but are not required to, use section headings in the final paper.
Problem-Solution Research Paper Instructions & Requirements Check List
Your paper is required to address the following:
1. Introduction of Problem: Introduce the country you are presenting and the major
social issue (economic, political, environmental, political, war, poverty, etc.).
Include a description of the nation’s background, geography, demographics, and
other important details about the nation that are important for your presentation of
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the problem. Present details about the social issue being faced in the nation. You
can present more than one issue. This section should contain research you found
on the issue and your own analysis. Make sure to include who the problem impacts
and the seriousness of the issue. You want to convey to the reader why it is a
problem. Present your thesis or main argument in the introduction.
2. Solutions: Research and present solutions to help the nation you have chosen to
research. You are required to discuss in depth at least 3 possible
solutions/suggestions to help the nation address the issue. This section should
contain research you found on the solutions and your own analysis. Discuss the
following: why it is the best solution, who is involved in implementing the solution,
and the potential positive and negative impact of implementing the proposed
solution(s). At least one solution is required to contain the concept of sustainability
in some capacity. (Note: You can look up sustainability in the textbook glossary
which shows where in the textbook sustainability has been discussed. This will
provide ideas on how sustainability fits into your suggested solutions).
3. Conclusion: Make certain to include the following: Summary of what was
discussed and any final thoughts. You can talk about how the issue impacts the
future, why there is a need for future research, or propose a call to action.
It is required that you apply the term globalization in your paper in some capacity.
Discuss how globalization or inter-connectedness relates to the country’s
background, the issue, or the solution. This discussion could involve concepts
discussed in the textbook like the impact of colonialization, imperialism,
technology, environment, immigration/migration, Westernization, terrorism,
geopolitics, trade, military, etc. In other words, you must incorporate globalization
into your project in some capacity.
It is required that you incorporate the importance of geography in some capacity in your
paper. It can be part of the country background, problem, or solution.
Your paper should be written in APA style with a minimum of four pages (not including the
title and reference pages). You may include images, graphs, and/or maps in an appendix if
you wish, but they do not count towards the four pages of written content that is required.
Source Requirement: Your paper must contain research you have gathered from a
minimum of three scholarly sources (not including the textbook). Sources can be from
reputable news or magazine sources, organizational or governmental websites, or peer
reviewed journal sources.