Instructions and Grading
Address all of the issues below in a 3 – 4 page, 12 pt font, double-spaced paper. There are 50 points possible. Be sure to proofread and check spelling. Your paper will be graded by being assigned to a 5-point grade range based upon its quality and content. After that, grammar and spelling will determine your exact grade. For example, the overall quality of your paper may fall into the 40-45 point range, but if there are moderate errors in spelling and grammar then you would earn 40 points out of 50. If there are no spelling or grammatical errors you would earn 45 points out of 50. Excessive spelling and grammar issues could garner a larger penalty.
There is no required format or style for this paper, although it seems that a brief intro could transition into a more detailed summary and then into the rest of the body. A conclusion should not just be a restatement of the introduction, but a statement that ties all of the information together and presents the “big picture” view of what you just discussed along with any final main point that the discussion leads up to.
You will submit your paper by attaching or pasting it into an online “Journal.” “My Journal” is simply the name of the type of discussion that is available on RamCT for these purposes. Your paper will be submitted privately and cannot be viewed by other students. The submission link is found at the bottom of the week #11 and week #12 Learning Modules.
We spent an earlier section of this course discussing two related issues: the gender wage gap and occupational segregation. Your goal in this paper will be to show that you know what these concepts are, how they are related, and what theories can explain the existence of occupational segregation. We’ve discussed Levin’s biological theories, feminist views on societal discrimination, and human capital theory. You should use these theories to discuss how and why occupational segregation exists. As a final point, you should offer an informed opinion as to which theory you feel contains the most explanatory power. In discussing which theory you think best explains reality, you should also be comparing them to show why the theory you chose is better than the others at explaining things. (Note: if you don’t pick one single “best” theory, you’ll need to discuss what it is specifically that makes each theory difficult to contrast.)
Write your paper as if your audience is someone who has no idea what the gender wage ratio, occupational segregation, and the 3 theories are. This perspective highlights the importance of describing everything you know about the subject without assuming I know what you are talking about. Try to tell a story this way too. You can tell what the main concepts are and then explain them with the theories.