Posted: March 10th, 2016

Utilization of Formal Services by Asian-Canadian Elderly

1.The essay involves a review and summary of pertinent literature on a focused topic in the
field of Sociology of Aging/Social Gerontology. A review of literature is an integrative
summary of the evidence for and against a particular theory, idea, or point of view. It may
involve comparing and contrasting opposing views on the same topic. It may help to
organize your essay around one or more questions. Posing a question sets up your paper
to address one or more controversies. For instance: Do childless older adults experience
disadvantages in terms of levels of social support? The paper should also suggest how
future research could better our understanding of the social phenomenon under study. Do
NOT write a position paper in which you selectively report the literature to support a view
that you hold. For instance, do not create a paper that covers only literature on the
benefits of physical activity for healthy aging without addressing sociological and/or social
psychological issues of why some people engage in recommended levels of physical
activity, while others do not. Integrate and critically evaluate the research literature in
such a way that you end up with substantiated conclusions that are not obvious. Also, do
NOT conduct your own interviews for this paper. I have provided a list of essay topics
within the assignment in Canvas. If you select one, you do not require approval; however,
if you select a topic outside of the list, you need to receive instructor approval.
2.The essay requires a sociological or social-psychological perspective. In other words,
relevant theoretical and conceptual material to these fields needs to be included in the
paper, typically in a separate section before you introduce the review of research
literature. For example, it is NOT appropriate to develop a paper solely on the
physiological aspects of aging without a sociological perspective. The theoretical
components incorporated into the essay should reflect the literature that you are
covering. For example, in a paper on media stereotypes and the elderly, one might
describe and apply labelling theory to the topic (this should go before the review of
research studies), and then revisit the applicability of labelling theory to the area in light
of research findings. A focus on gender differences in media stereotypes might also
integrate a feminist perspective as well. Some papers will include more than one theory,
but you should be guided by the literature you are covering coupled with knowledge
accrued from the course. I would suggest not including more than three theories or

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