1) Select a topic in psychology that interests you
2) Consider how diversity might affect the understanding of your chosen topic. Choose three (3) lenses of diversity (examples below) from which to consider your topic. For example, if you choose a particular psychological disorder, how would age be a factor for the disorder? How would gender or socioeconomic status intersect with the development, diagnosis, or treatment of the disorder?
3) Write a paper that considers your topic through three lenses of diversity.
You will write a paper that considers your topic through three lenses of diversity. It will parallel the format of a conceptual academic article and should follow this organizational structure:
1) Introduction: Your introduction should include some brief background on a) your chosen topic that sets the context for your paper, and b) the diversity lenses you intend to use to explore your topic. The introduction sets the foundation for the rest of the paper and helps the reader know what to expect.
Additionally, your introduction must include a thesis statement. The rest of your paper will support the thesis statement.
2) Review of the literature: The literature review allows you to see what has already been researched and written on your chosen topic through the three lenses of diversity you selected. In this section, please report the major findings from your research.
While you may include direct quotations as appropriate, please write the paper in your own words, giving credit to others’ ideas by using correct citation format. (Direct quotations AND paraphrases must be cited.) The majority of your paper should be your ideas and in your own words. Your audience wants to read the connections you have made based on the sources you reviewed.
3) Analysis and discussion: In this section, you will make connections between the literature you reviewed. Please consider the following:
a) What does the literature say about your topic and the lenses of diversity you selected?
b) How do the intersections/connections between these lenses of diversity help you better understand the topic? For example, assume your topic is depression, and two of the lenses you selected are race and sex. What intersections/ connections between these lenses are important in understanding depression? Is depression (diagnosis rates, course, and treatment) different for a black male than a white female?
4) Implications: When reviewing literature for a research paper, it is important for the researcher to consider the implications of his or her findings. Imagine that your paper will inform the practice of psychologists, therapists, or other mental health professionals. Based on what you learned through your research, how do you believe your findings should influence the ethical principles that guide standards of behavior and conduct within the field of psychology? Please offer at least one specific example.
5) Conclusion: This final written section should tie your paper together. State how your paper has fulfilled the intended purpose identified in your thesis statement.
A conclusion paragraph will allow you to tie together the main concepts of your paper and once again connect the thesis to the supporting points.
6) The paper will also include an APA-formatted Reference section for each of the APA-formatted in-text citations that were included.
Incorporate a minimum of five (5) academically sound sources. Of these five, at least three must be from credible websites. Students are required to submit the links to the articles they intend to use to their instructor for approval.
Examples of Possible Topics (these are only examples—you can choose something else):
• Sleep disorders
• Moral development
• Psychological disorders (e.g. Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, etc.)
• Obedience to authority
• Achievement motivation
Examples of Diversity Lenses: (these are just a few examples–there are many more)
• Ability / different ability
• Sexual orientation
• Family structure
• Race / Ethnicity
• Socioeconomic status
• Country (where someone lives geographically)