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Two Application Questions
by Roxy (cozmic_oceanz)
at January 1st, 2012 (10:19 pm)

1. One of the schools I am applying to is asking for a research paper (on top of an SoP!) and I am really unsure about my topic. Would writing about the SOCIAL WELFARE issue of cyber bullying be okay as opposed to writing something like managed care, social security, food stamps, etc? I feel like the latter seems more like social welfare, but I am really very, very unfamiliar with those topics. So I was thinking about doing cyber bullying. But I don't know if that's relevant or if it's too obvious or I don't know!

2. Is it really bad to say, for example, "marginalized people/groups"? I had that phrase in some of the SoP's I already submitted, but then I heard it's bad and that one should say "people who have been marginalized by society, etc." so as not to sound prejudice.


Thanks so very much in advance!

(x-posted to socialwork)


Posted by: velum_cado (velum_cado)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2012 10:25 am (UTC)

1. That would go down well on my course. The lecturers push how important it is, as a society, to prevent issues with people, as opposed to rushing in after damage has been done and fixing them. Bullying of any kind would come under that philosophy, I imagine. It would also fall under the subject of social justice and marginalisation.

2. My course is big on "people first" (ie, people who are homeless, people who have bipolar disorder, etc), so the second phrasing would be preferable to the first, but you probably wouldn't lose any points for it. Just keep in mind that the individual who is reading your work may prefer the second phrasing.

Posted by: Roxy (cozmic_oceanz)
Posted at: January 2nd, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)

Thanks so much! This is very helpful.

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