SOCIOLOGY OF LAW-APARequirements: 1. Propose a research question related to our studies. There are several examples listed below – you may use one of those if you wish or propose your own2. Identify the independent variable and the dependent variables3. Suggest an hypothesis4. Go to our library and find at least 1 peer-reviewed academic journal article related to your research question. Provide the Reference to that article in APA format. Research Question:After you select a basic topic you need to develop a research question that expresses what you intend to study. It should include independent and dependent variables which are discussed below. One easy way to begin the development of a research question is to simply state your topic idea as a question. For example: Topic – Im interested in finding out if race impacts prison sentence length. Research Question: Does race impact prison sentence length? Then refine the question: Do African-American non-violent felons receive longer prison sentences than their White non-violent felon counterparts?Independent and Dependent Variables:The Independent Variable (IV) is the social/identifying element that may have an impact on the Dependent Variable (DV). For example two common IVs that we study are race and age. The race or age of the accused may have an impact on whether or not the accused is prosecuted.The Dependent Variable is the social element that varies based on how the independent variable interacts with it such as prison sentence length.I think of it like this: The dependent variable (prison sentence length) depends on the independent variable (race of offender).Examples:1. A convicted felons prison sentence length (dependent variable) may vary by felons race (independent variable). The prison sentence length depends on the race of the felon.2. A convicted felons prison sentence length (dependent variable) may vary by felons economic class (dependent variable). The prison sentence length depends on the economic class of the felon.3. Compared with men (independent variable) women (independent variable) receive lighter prison sentences (dependent variable) for the same offenses.4. Juvenile offenders sentenced to juvenile facilities (dependent variable) are more likely to have committed a violent offense (dependent variable) when compared with non-violent juvenile offenders (independent variable).5. Black juveniles and adults (independent variable) are more likely to have criminal justice contact (dependent variable) than White juveniles and adults (independent variable).6. Black juvenile offenders (independent variable) are waived to adult court (dependent variable) more often than White juvenile offenders (independent variable).Hypothesis:An hypothesis is essentially a guess about how the independent variable(s) will impact the dependent variable(s). Its basically your best guess on the answer to your research question before you have done your research. For example I hypothesize that women receive lighter prison sentences when compared with men. Another example: I hypothesize that Black juveniles have more contact with the juvenile justice system than White juveniles. General requirements: PART 2 Annotated Bibliography Students must evaluate and report on 6 sources related to your research question identified in Research Assignment 1. At least 4 these sources must be peer reviewed journals. You may use the article you analyzed for Assignment 2.This should follow the basic outline of your Assignment 2 when you analyzed a peer-reviewed article. This assignment should be around 5 to 6 pages for the body of the assignment not including the title page or reference page.Requirements :For each of the 6 sources complete the following information:1. Provide citation of source in APA format2. Identify the research question – just as in Assignment 2 you may have to infer this information3. Identify and describe the hypothesis – just as in Assignment 2 you may have to infer this information4. Describe the methodology briefly – sample size and characteristics? How was the data gathered?5. Identify the main independent and dependent variables6. Briefly offer the key findings7. Close by describing how it relates to your research questionThese seven steps should be accomplished in two or three paragraphs for each source – so at the end you should have approximately 12 to 18 paragraphs. General requirements: PART 3 Hide Rubrics Introduction Research Question Hypothesis Identify Independent variables and Dependent variables Why are you researching this topic? Literature Review: Key findings of research from your annotated bibliography. It should be a summary of what you learned from your annotated bibliography. You should not copy and paste your annotated bibliography. Im looking for more of a synthesis on the research findings that relate to your research question. Analysis: Using at least 1 theory or 1 concept from our text explain your results. Answer your research question- was your hypothesis correct? Conclusion- wrap it all up Submissions should be typed double-spaced 1″ margins times new roman 12 pt font and saved as .doc .docx .pdf. Use APA format for citations and references View the grading rubric so you understand how you will be assessed on this Assignment. Disclaimer- Originality of attachments will be verified by Turnitin. 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