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Prof. Baez - SOC102 Marriage and Family: The Research Project

Your Final Project

Complete project instructions are available in your course shell in BlackBoard

Final Project: Step 1: Proposal

Having read the full guidelines for the Final Course Project, Intimacy, Marriage and Family: A Cross-Cultural Report, you will submit a proposal of what culture you will research for your cross-cultural report.

Part A: Proposal

In 250 words write a passage that addresses the following:

  • Identify the culture you will research.
  • Explain the focus of your project, will you be researching: intimate relationships OR marriage OR family?
  • Why have you selected this culture? What do you already know about intimacy/marriage/family in this culture?
  • What components of American culture do you anticipate you will compare to this culture?

This part of the assignment should be written as a coherent paragraph, with a clear beginning, middle and end. 

Part B: Key Words

In addition to the 250 word passage above, submit a list of key words you will use to find 2 academic journal articles to fit your research. Key words are the subject terms you enter into research databases from the library

Final Project: Step 2: Journal Article Reports

As preparation for the Final Project, you are tasked with locating two (2) peer-reviewed academic journal articles to integrate into your presentation, Intimacy, Marriage and Family: A Cross Cultural Report.

Step 1: Using the key terms and feedback from your proposal, use the library research databases to find 2 academic journal articles that fit your research project.

Step 2: Write an Journal Article Report (Summarize, Reflect and Assess) for EACH article and INCLUDE the article with your Bibliography. You will need to include a quote from the source AND connect it to key concepts/terminology from your readings.

Final Project: Intimacy, Marriage and Family: A Cross-Cultural Report

The final assignment for the course will be a presentation on Intimacy, Marriage and Family: A Cross-Cultural Report. For this assignment, students conduct research on either intimacy, marriage or family in a culture outside of traditional or contemporary American society. Students will apply findings from the research process to compare the chosen culture to contemporary American culture. The project is scaffolded with preliminary steps that build toward the final artifact.

         Step 1: Proposal

Students will submit a proposal explaining their chosen culture, what and how they intend to research the intimacy, marriage or family phenomenon.

         Step 2: Journal Article Reports

Students will complete Journal Article Reports for  two (2) academic research journal articles related to the phenomenon and culture chosen in the proposal phase.

        Step 3: Presentation

The final course project will be submitted as an 8-10 minute digital presentation into a course blog. Create a slideshow including visuals, captioned data charts and key terminology. Complete instructions and a presentation guidelines are posted in BlackBoard

        Step 4: Peer Evaluation

Peer evaluation provided by comments and a peer evaluation form.

Use the library databases (see the Finding Articles tab) or one of the recommended online sources (see the Online Resources tab) to research your topic.

Directions on how to create an Annotated Bibliography and examples, can be found under the Annotated Bibliography tab.

You can find information about APA format under the Citing and Plagiarism tab on this guide.

To get help with research on your country from a librarian either in person, by phone, email, text, or chat. Look under the Get Help tab to see how to contact the librarian who taught your library session and get information on library hours.

If you need additional information on your assignment and specific due dates, check BB first, THEN ask your professor.

Your Project: The Very Very Short Version

This is a very abbreviated version of the project. You cannot complete the assignment using only the information below


You have been assigned a multi-part project.  It will consist of:

1: A Research Proposal

Identify the culture and what intimacy/marriage or family aspect you will investigate. Submit a list of keywords for conducting research on your topic.

2: Journal Article Reports

Locate and prepare Journal Article Reports (answering specific questions) for two scholarly research articles relating to your topic.

3: Presentation

Present your findings to the class in an 8-10 narrated presentation and compare your chosen culture to contemporary American society.

4: Peer Evaluation

Provide feedback on your classmates' presentations and receive feedback in return.

Presentation Visuals

Slideshow visuals should be informative:

United States: Average Household Size (United Nations)


United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. (2020). Household Size & Composition, 2019. Retrieved 2021, Feb. 25, from


NOT an informative visual (this is a decoration):

"Household" by Milinda Courey is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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