Assignment 3: Essay
Word limit: 1500 (+/- 10%)
This assignment task
requires you to write an essay on one of the following questions utilising
suitable sources (including academic) to support your argument. You will build
upon the academic writing skills you developed in Assessment 1, including your
ability to conduct suitable research and referencing. You will moreover be
asked to apply relevant theory and concepts from the unit.
Related learning outcomes
assesses the following unit learning outcomes:
Apply a sociological perspective to the social world around them.Identify and differentiate between the major theoretical perspectives
employed by sociologists.Define and use a range of key sociological concepts to appraise the ways
in which social processes and social structures shape individuals and groups in
contemporary society.Discuss and critique published work and communicate this through
informed written argument.Undertake successful library-based research.Identify and utilise the referencing style required by this discipline.
Please answer one of
the following questions, utilising at least eight sources (at least six of
which must be academic sources). Remember, you should seek to apply relevant
key concepts and theory you have learnt from the unit within your essay.
Important: Your essay topic cannot use the same area of focus as your
Assessment 1: Academic writing skills exercise. Keep this in mind when making
your choice from the options below.
Identify an area of
contemporary Australian life in which racism is evident (for example, an ‘area
of contemporary Australian life’ could refer to media, health,
immigration/asylum seeker policy or cyber-racism). Explain how racism manifests
in this area and discuss its significance.
To what extent is
feminism supported and/or criticised in Australian contemporary society, and
what do you think might explain this?
Does life in
Australia currently offer its citizens the opportunity to have ‘a fair go’?
Identify and focus upon between one and three examples specific to Australia
(for example, wage disparity, housing affordability, class consciousness) to
illustrate your answer.
Please ensure that
your answer is framed as an academic essay, including:
An introduction: The context, argument, and a brief list of the main point you shall
discuss.A main body: Clearly themed paragraphs that cover the main points you listed in
the introduction to support your argument.
These points can be supported using your 8 academic sources.
A conclusion: Summarise and show how your argument was
consolidated in light of your discussion.
The following resources will
assist you with completing this assignment:
Check out the Student Portal’s range of useful Study Resources (Links to an external
site.)Links to an external site., specifically in the section Academic Writing and Academic Integrity.The Essay page (Links to an external
site.)Links to an external site. outlines how to plan and format an academic essay.Read this annotated Sample essay (PDF 330 KB) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. to see how to respond to an essay question.The video, Building
a good argument (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (CSULA150 2012), gives a breakdown of how to frame your argument
for the essay.The How to write an argumentative essay:
Thesis statements and paragraphs (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (britishcouncilsg 2015) video expands on what is covered in the
Essay page from the Student Portal.
This sociology essay exemplar HD (DOC
64KB) can be used as a model.Refer to the Swinburne University Harvard style guide (Links to an external
site.)Links to an external site. for referencing.Search for articles and resources in the Swinburne University library catalogue search (Links to an external
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