SOC 331

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Homelessness in America is a persistent, complex, and widely-occurring
problem that incorporates many economic, social, and psychological
dimensions. After years of war and economic decline, the ranks of the
homelessness have grown to include families with children (35%),
military veterans (23%), children (25%), persons fleeing domestic
violence (30%), and the mentally ill (20-25%) (National Student
Campaign, 2012). Additionally, the number of homeless young adults, aged
18 to 24, is growing, giving homelessness a new face (Saulny, 2012).

With regard to the problem of homelessness, some people perceive a
call for greater human compassion, while others demand more effective
social policy and more comprehensive public health services. Still
others insist on greater individual responsibility and more respect for
the needs of business, reinforced by aggressive criminal justice

Your paper will examine a broad range of private and public responses
(e.g., laws, policies, programs, and individual behaviors) to the
problem of homelessness in America.

  1. You will examine five to seven such responses in depth from the
    perspectives of virtue ethics and distributive, commutative, and
    retributive justice.
  2. You will summarize the responses and identify the consequences of each response for the problem of homelessness.
  3. You will evaluate competing and conflicting views about the
    appropriateness of private and public responses to the problem of
    homelessness and present a balanced conclusion about the justness of
    each response.
  4. Finally, you will draw an overall conclusion about whether, 30
    years from now, the next generation of Americans will view today’s
    responses to homelessness as just.

Start your research by reviewing the PDF document, Recommended Resources for the Final Paper.
Use these resources to gain familiarity with various aspects of the
homelessness problem and a range of responses to it. Some of the
websites list other research based resources that contain in-depth
information that can also be utilized in your paper. Also, use the
Ashford University Library to find scholarly articles that are relevant
to the specific responses to homelessness that are the focus of your

The paper must be eight to ten pages in length (excluding the title
and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style. You must use
at least five scholarly resources (at least two of which can be found in
the Ashford University Library) other than the textbook to support your
claims. Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the
reference page. For information regarding APA, including samples and
tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning
Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.

Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:

  1. Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length, and
    formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing
  2. Must include a title page with the following:
    1. Title of paper
    2. Student’s name
    3. Course name and number
    4. Instructor’s name
    5. Date submitted
  3. Must start with a short introductory paragraph which includes a
    clear thesis statement (your answer to the question: Will the next
    generation of Americans view as just, today’s response to
    homelessness?). The thesis statement itself is just that – a statement
    of what your essay demonstrates. The thesis is not a question, and it is
    not a summary of the topics discussed. You should avoid using the first
    person voice, avoid sentences like “This paper will show that…” and
    avoid asking questions with your thesis. Rather, your thesis should make
    declarative statements.
  4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  5. Must end with a short paragraph which includes a conclusion. The conclusion and thesis must be consistent.
    1. Your paper must logically develop the thesis in a way that
      leads to the conclusion, and that development must be supported by
      facts, fully explained concepts or assertions, and persuasive reasoning.
  6. Must use at least five scholarly resources, including a minimum of two from the Ashford University Library.
  7. Must be in your own words. While brief quotes from sources may
    be used, altogether the total amount of quoted text must be less than
    five percent of the body of your paper.

    1. When you use someone else’s words, they must be enclosed in
      quotation marks followed by an APA in-text short citation (author, year,
      page number) to your source. The in-text citation must correspond to a
      full APA citation for the source on the reference page at the end of the
  8. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  9. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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