Compare the healthcare system and delivery in the United States versus the healthcare system and delivery in Singapore.
Analyze similarities and differences, use research to support ideas, FOCUS ON OLDER ADULTS, Must have an outline
What is a comparative paper?
Two distinct things:
Retirement planning in the U.S. and another country
Health care service in the U.S. and another country
Long-term care service in the U.S. and another country
Analyze similarities and differences
Discuss implications of these
Use research to support ideas
You are an expert informing non-experts
Sociological Aspects of Aging — focus on older adults
Make clear transition from one idea to next
Useful comparison transition words can be found on this website: https://www.sbcc.edu/clrc/files/wl/downloads/WritingaCompareContrastEssay.pdf
Headings can help direct your reader’s focus from one part of the paper to the next.
Adhere to the page limits (minimum 4 – maximum 6 pages + references)
Your own ideas should be informed and supported by cited research
Include relevant current political and social contexts (e.g. If writing about health care, include Affordable Care Act in the U.S.)
Use credible sources found in library databases, or government/non-profit websites (e.g. www.medicare.gov; www.dor.kaiser.org; www.commonwealthfund.org; www.rrf.org)
Avoid use of Wikipedia, and sites with .net or .com
Research handbook in Canvas
Purdue Online Writing Lab website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
Creating an outline
Two methods of organization:
Point by point – organized by dimension
Block – organized by country
Include ample detail so that your professor/TA can provide feedback
Begin with a sentence that creates interest (e.g. interesting fact, compelling quotation, question for the reader to ponder)
State what you will be comparing and why it is important
Provide general background information on each country (e.g. whether the country is developed, description of its 65+ population) and dimension (e.g. a definition of the dimension)
State the focus of your paper (e.g. similarities, differences, both) in a clear thesis statement
Body of the paper
Chose a few aspects of the dimension that stand out for your focus
Describe them in a way that will help non-experts understand them
Compare the two countries on these aspects of the dimension, considering the questions in the paper guidelines:
How are the systems alike and/or different?
What is the impact of the two different cultures on the dimension and how does it compare across the countries as a result?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of each system?
Briefly summarize the ideas you presented in the paper
Synthesize the ideas by considering the questions from the paper guidelines:
If one country’s system were adopted in the other country, how would older adults be impacted?
Who would be most impacted and why?
How does the dimension benefit from interdisciplinary perspectives?
Leave the reader with a compelling thought to think about for future research or action