Social Change Assignment Tips

By , September 14, 2012 9:00 am


No articles related to technology, environment, or behaviour modification, PLEASE!

Searching a Database: (note – Google is not a database; it is a search engine)

  1. Go to YMCI library
  2. Go to Online databases
  3. Choose Canadian Points of Review Reference Centre
  4. Enter search term (see below for actual search term tips)
  5. Enter limitor: date [2014-2014] on slide bar
  6. Enter limitor: source type (newspapers, domestic)
  7. Choose only recent Canadian articles about Canadian issues

Search Term Tips:

  • Don’t search “social change” – it’s far too broad (over 3000 articles).
  • Instead, think of an issue then search the issue (e.g., murdered Aboriginal women).
  • There is a search term tool that can help you find a more precise search term.
  • Don’t choose an article just because it has a key concept in it – it has to be relevant to social change.
  • You want to use articles, usually labeled as news or article.
  • Don’t choose a column or editorial or letter. These are usually labeled as such under “type of document”.

*Writing Tips*

Common grammar errors HSB




See post on APA format


Emotion Question – sample answer: 

Yes, the article does contain emotionally charged words but this is justified because they are used in quotes from interviews. One of the women interviewed said about being laid off: “All the workers were in tears. We had two months to leave. It was very tough…I used to cry everyday when my husband went to work.” This emotional recollection is used in the report as research coming straight from the participant’s mouth. The author herself is not being emotional about it and uses it for analytical purposes.

Note: We want our news articles to be unemotional, as unbiased as possible, or objective. If you find your article to have too much emotion on the part of the author, double check that it is indeed an article; it might be e a column or an editorial.

If your article is unemotional, give an example of an unbiased passage from the article.


Sufficient Facts Question – sample answer

Yes, the author uses data to support her positions. For example, in the section on women, work and unions, the author writes about the history of women in paid work since the late 1960s and says that in the 1980s women started to suffer declines that have continued until the present day. She supports this with data from Statistics Canada; the gender wage gap in Ontario is currently 28%, with women earning 72 cents for every dollar that men earn. This supports her original view that women have suffered recent economic declines.


Social Change Assignment Assistance

  • Get your article checked before you hand in the assignment (no surprises; after you explain why you have chosen this article and its relevance to social change and a particular key concept the teacher will tell you if your article is on track or not)
  • Article check Monday to Thursday at the latest.
  • Assignment due Thurs. Oct. 2.



– just like when we read the San case study in the textbook, you are looking for an article to illustrate key concepts in chapter two (concepts related to SOCIAL CHANGE)
– you’ll have to skim through the chapter to find out the topics in it
– follow the guidelines for the article, especially that it is recent, Canadian (about Canadian society) and not on technology or environment. NEW: don’t choose a topic related to Behaviour Modification
– use a reliable source (an article from the specified database)

Chapter 2 Concept Map

HSB4M Social Change Assignment_Concept_Checker (make sure you choose the right key concepts)

HSB4M Social Change Assignment Article Checker (Ms. Gluskin’s sample searches to model how to search for an article)

Choice of Key Concepts

Avoid throw-away usages:

  • don’t choose social change as your key concept
  • don’t use a key concept just for the sake of using it
  • don’t use a key concept if it’s not related to social change
  • don’t choose a key concept just because it’s mentioned in an article

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