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2.4.2 Essay: From set questions on an aspect of contemporary social life Weight:40%Type of Collaboration:IndividualDue:11:59pm Friday April 23, 2021Submission:Essays must be submitted to Turnitin (accessed through vUWS) by the due date andtime.Format:Students should ensure that they list the question they are answering at the top of theiressay.The essay should consist of an introduction, body and conclusion, and reference list.All essay submissions should be typed in a 12 point font (Arial or Times New Roman)and feature double spacing.Length:1,500 wordsCurriculum Mode:Essay Students are to choose ONE of the following questions to answer in their essay:1. Explain Mills’ ’sociological imagination’. Why is this concept considered foundational in sociology?2. Explain ’social construction’. How might gender or nationality be understood as a social construction in contemporary Australia?3. What are social norms? How do they shape behaviour? Give examples from everyday life.4. What is a social institution? What role do social institutions like the family or education play in socialisation?5. Compare and contrast two of the following: functionalism, conflict theory or symbolic interactionism. How do theyview the relationship between individuals and society?To complete the task, students should follow these steps:1. Identify the key components of the question you have chosen. What is it asking you to do? What are the keywords or concepts and theories that it refers to?2. Consider what information is needed to successfully answer the question. As a start, think about the onlineweekly modules or set readings that are most relevant and review those materials. Bear in mind you will needto go beyond these (and you need to focus on published materials in your essay, so the set readings should begiven preference over lecture pods/online materials).3. Begin researching your chosen topic. Use the library databases to identify other academic sources. If you arenot sure how to do this see the Tutorial Workbook for tips and/or seek some support from library staff.4. Take notes on the readings you complete, being sure to distinguish between your summaries/paraphrasing andany direct quotes. (There are links to useful note-taking and paraphrasing resources in the Tutorial Handbook).5. Having obtained relevant information to answer the question, draft an essay plan that considers how you mightstructure your essay. Resources on essay planning are available in vUWS and the Tutorial Handbook.6. Commence drafting your essay. Keep coming back to your essay plan to check that you are still on track asyou do so.7. Re-read and refine your essay. As you do so, ask yourself: ’does this answer the question’? ’Are the pointsI am making, and the significance of them clear’? ’Are the connections between points, particularly betweenparagraphs, clear’?8. Check your essay for spelling and/or grammatical errors.9. You might consider having someone else proof read your work. If you opt to do this, to avoid potential forcollusion, that person should not be from this unit. The library offers support with this if you don’t have anyoneat home that you can ask. (See the Study Smart link in vUWS for more information about this service).10. Ensure that your referencing is accurate and submit to Turnitin to allow for plenty of time for reviewing theTurnitin report. (More information on referencing and Turnitin can be found in vUWS).1011. Once complete, submit your final version of the essay to Turnitin by the due date and time.Assignments will be marked online and returned to students via vUWS My Grades. Do not submit a Cover Sheetwith your assignment.Resources:Students should base their essays on the reading completed for the unit, and additional research and reading ofrelevant academic publications (e.g. books, book chapters, journal articles). A minimum of 5 academic referencesare needed to complete this task. At least two of these should come from sources other than the set readings.11Marking Criteria:Your essay will be assessed on the criteria listed below. A full rubric, which makes clear how each criteria is weighted,can be found on vUWS.– Answers the questionThe essay should be based on relevant material and demonstrate your capacity to develop a sociological argument inresponse to the question. Make sure that each of your points responds to the question and supports your argument.A good approach is to continue to ask yourself after each point ’So what?’ (i.e. what is the significance of this?).– Theoretical and Conceptual UnderstandingMake sure you demonstrate that you understand the central concepts used. You can do this either by giving definitions (do this only with diffcult or very important technical words) or by using the concepts in such a way thatdemonstrates that you know what they mean. Make sure you talk about these concepts in tutorials – ask if theymean what you think they mean.– StructureThe essay should be clearly organised so that it develops an argument. You must have an introductory paragraphthat states the aim of the essay and outlines the structure of the argument. The points made in one paragraph shouldfollow on from the previous paragraph and lead into the next one. You should have a conclusion that summarisesyour main points.– ExpressionClear expression is an important part of a clear argument. Attention to grammar, syntax and style will assist inclarifying what you are endeavouring to say to the reader. Try reading it aloud or ask someone to read it for you.Spelling and punctuation are also important. You should use a dictionary (and your spell check and/or grammarly)regularly.– ResearchYou need to ensure that you locate suffcient sources to support your argument. Search the library databases forreferences that can be used in addition to your set readings.– ReferencingUse the Harvard system of referencing as described in the links on vUWS. Make sure you reference both direct quotesand when you use other people’s ideas. You also must provide a reference list at the end of your essay. Finally makesure that you use Turnitin to help check your referencing prior to submission.12– OriginalityGo further than simply describing or re-stating the information in the lectures and set readings. Critical thinking willbe rewarded.13


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