Organizing the Information: What did you see or observe about gender or ethnic/racial parity or inequality? Is this a broader pattern or a one-time episode? What is the evidence for a broader pattern? What do the quantitative data tell you? Do they suggest that the parity or inequality you see is part of a larger picture? What concepts or theories (classical or contemporary) have you studied that might be useful in explaining the pattern? Make a list. How do these fit together into a theory? Go back to Week 3, “What Counts as Theory?” and review the material, especially the chapter from Rojas and Swedborg. Draw a diagram of the concepts you plan to use including connections that can explain what causes what. Writing the Paper: What is your thesis? Write your thesis as a statement about the causal relationships you intend to describe and support. What is the pattern? Describe this, including citations to the work of other theorists who have observed similar patterns. Why does the pattern exist? Develop a theory to explain the pattern using concepts and other theories studied in the course. How do the data you have collected support or refute the thesis? What conclusions can you draw? Proofread your paper for spelling, grammar, and punctuation.