Journal #4: Student Loans
Due: Sunday, February 23, 2020
For this assignment, you will interpret and relate sociological content to
your daily life and personal history. In this journal, you will apply course
content from the past several weeks to a discussion of student loans and
your own life.
First, how are student loans a social problem? What role does
policymaking play with regard to shaping student loans? What roles do the
media and public opinion play with regard to student loans? In this journal,
you will share part of your personal biography as example(s) to supplement
your discussion of the student loans and social problems.
Over the years, critics of student loan policies have shifted focus from
â€œwasted brainpower,â€ to â€œdeadbeat students,â€ to â€œcrushing debt.â€ How can
the press, the public, and policymakers decide whether a particular policy
outcome, like student loans, deserves their attention? What are some
reasons why those creating policies might choose to frame narrow â€“ versus
broad â€“ critiques of social policies like student loans?
Your answers should be in essay format, typed, 1-2 pages in length, and
double-spaced. This assignment should be completed independently. A
high-quality essay will explicitly incorporate concepts, theories, and topics
from the text and lectures, and it will demonstrate a good understanding of
them as they pertain to the questions above.
Your paper should include an introduction, an overview of student loans as
a social problem, its intersection with policymaking, the media, and public
opinion, and a brief discussion as relative to your life. Summarize your
thoughts and explain using key course content. Lastly, your journal should
include a conclusion explaining how using key course content gave you a
better understanding of your biography.
REQUIREMENTS AND TIPS
both in-text and with a References page at the end of the paper
theories that are used in your paper. Show off what youâ€™ve learned!