A description of one sociological theory on structure and agency. For example, you might consider Gidden’s structuration theory or Durkheim on the collective consciousness and its relationship to conscience, or Weber on religion and capitalism and the structure and function of society.A real world example supported by data, statistics or qualitative research that provides evidence of your argument. For example, if you say that you are an autonomous free agent more so than someone influenced by social structures, then you need to provide evidence to support that view. That is, evidence that you are shielded in some way from society’s influence on shaping you which occurs via the education system, legal system, healthcare system, media system (including social media), economic system (eg capitalism, consumerism, marketing), culture. Likewise, if you were to argue that you are more so a product of structure, you need to use evidence to support your argument. For example, you may say that until recently, society dictated what love was to the extent that homosexual love was not valued the same way as heterosexual love in law. The illegality of gay marriage before late- 2017 is evidence of the impact of the legal system (social structure) shaping the lives of individuals by limiting their autonomy to marry whomever they choose.A brief reflection on how studying sociology has improved your understanding of the structure/agency concept by providing an example of where you have become aware of the limits of your own agency and whether or not you think that restrictions on your agency is a good/necessary thing for society as a collective or whether more individual freedom is necessary for a better society.An answer to this question: When do societal constraints on individual freedom become a bad thing? Why?Your essay must be well researched (i.e. you should consult 4-6 academic sources). You can use some of the subject materials as references to support your essay, but remember that one of the purposes of an essay is for you to read widely and show your ability to select material judiciously. You should go beyond the textbook (but, at the same time, don’t ignore the textbook), and gather material from resources on Interact, Google Scholar or the University Library in your search for references. DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA AS A REFERENCE.Your essay must be written logically, coherently and in formal academic language. Pay particular attention to spelling and grammar.
High Distinction (HD) 85-100%
An HD essay shows that you have mastered the material that you have used, and have applied sociological concepts appropriate to the question accurately and critically. The essay will show that you have read widely (i.e a minimum of 4-6 academic references) from the best available sources and carefully selected your material to support a logical and correctly written argument. Your essay will have been written to the required word length.
Distinction (DI) 75-84%
A DI essay shows that you have understood the material that you have read, that you have applied sociological concepts appropriate to the topic (i.e a minimum of 4-6 academic references) from relevant sources. You will have presented your argument clearly and logically and have written to the required word length.
Credit (CR) 65-74%
A CR essay shows that you have used the material that you have read to describe sociological concepts relevant to your topic, that you have read sufficient material to show an understanding of the topic (i.e a minimum of 4-6 academic references), made a coherent argument and that your writing is generally clear, accurate and logical. A CR essay will be written to the required word length.
Pass (PS) 50-64%
A PS essay shows a basic awareness of sociological concepts relevant to the topic. It shows that you can describe these concepts, but not use them to analyse the topic. A PS essay may mean that some of your material lacks relevance to the topic and that you may not have cited 4-6 appropriate academic sources. A PS essay may mean that, in parts, your argument is difficult for the marker to understand and contains some grammatical errors. A PS essay will be within 10% of the required word length.
Fail (FL) 0-49%
An FL essay shows that you have not understood or applied sociological concepts appropriate to the topic. You may not have read sufficient sources or relied on non-scholarly material (e.g Wkipedia, non-academic websites). An FL essay will contain significant grammatical errors and may be short of the required word length.
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