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09/17/2019 – AU Undergraduate

Week 5 – Final Paper

Fact or Fiction?

[WLOs: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

The purpose of the Final Paper is to apply critical insight to discern fact from fiction with regard to a topical area of your choice. You will review the available evidence for a commonly held belief and provide a conclusion regarding the merit of this claim by describing concepts in core psychological domains and examining variations in psychological functioning.

To complete this activity,

  • Write an introduction paragraph for your topic. (You must continue with your selected topic identified in Week 3, unless you have received permission from your instructor otherwise.)
  • Develop supporting Body Paragraphs (Links to an external site.) that apply a professional psychological perspective to a commonly held belief about why people think or act as they do. Consider both perspectives. Use headings as necessary to organize your work. (Use your sources identified in your Week 3 annotated bibliography, your course content, as well as any additional scholarly resources that support your argument. Visit APA Style Elements (Links to an external site.) for help with headings, and the Ashford University Library to obtain additional scholarly articles as necessary to fully inform your thinking and address gaps in your knowledge of the topic. Refer to the Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table for additional guidance.).
    • Apply psychological theory and research to a commonly held belief.
      • Employ examples to fully illustrate your analysis.
    • Examine potential implications of diversity.
    • Discern any relevant ethical issues.
    • Relate potential applications of this insight to various careers.
  • Write a conclusion paragraph that summarizes your findings and whether or not the commonly held belief you have chosen to explore is supported by psychological research and theory. Review Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) for more.

The Fact or Fiction? Final Paper

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Waypoint Assignment Submission

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