You are to write two essays for this course. These essays comprise Assignments 1 and 2. The due date for each assignment is indicated in the Assignment Schedule. Submit using the Dropbox. These assignments must be between 1,500 and 2,000 words and must be typed (about 6 8 pages of double spaced text).
You can base your essay on articles from academic databases accessed through the J.N. Desmarais Library or the Brym reader.
Requirements for Essay Assignments: Use of Online Databases
If you choose to use articles from online databases for your essays, be sure to use only peer-reviewed academic journals as your sources. These journals can be accessed, free of charge, through Laurentian University’s website (www.laurentian.ca). Information about how to access these online libraries is available in the J.N. Desmarais Library’s web pages.
To ensure that your essays are based on appropriate sources of information, follow these instructions when searching for sources in online databases. It is important to note that, if you use readings retrieved from these databases that do not conform to the specified criteria, your essay will not be acceptable. You will be looking for full-text PDF peer-reviewed articles from scholarly journals
If you use the Brym reader for essays you need not be concerned with the online sources since all readings in the reader are appropriate for this course.
Selecting Your Topic
As a strategy for selecting your topics, you should first familiarize yourself with the readings by searching the online databases using key words OR by examining the table of contents for the Brym reader. In preparing Assignments 1 and 2, you must choose two different essay topics, each of which allows you to draw on information from at least three readings for each essay. Another option available to you is to use a combination of readings from the Brym reader and the online databases.
Gender inequality is an example of a topic that is addressed in several chapters in the Brym reader. The book contains the following readings related to this topic:
Duffy, A. & Mandell, N. Poverty in Canada
Friendly, M., Ferns, C., Prabhu, N. & Forer, B. The state of early childhood education and childcare in 2009.
Green, A. I.. The changing face of matrimony: Same sex civil marriage in the twenty-first century
Welsh, S. & Baker, J. Sexual harassment in the Canadian workplace
Gender inequality is only one example of an essay topic. There are many other topics that could be chosen. The variety of readings included in the sources (i.e., the Brym reader and online databases) allows you a wide range of choice. You may also refer to the text as a source of information, but do not use it as the main source.
It is expected that your assignments will be based to a large extent on the material from these readings. This does not mean that you will be merely reproducing what is in the readings, but that you will be synthesizing and commenting on the material in the readings within the context of the question you posed in identifying your topic. Take some time to plan your essay. You must develop a thesis to be examined in the essay. Read Chapter 1, Devising a Thesis in Fit to Print by Joanna Buckley (2013).
You may have information on some topics based on your personal experiences. Many students find it helpful to relate the theories and concepts they are reading about to important features of their own lives. In writing on such topics, it is important that the account of personal experiences does not become the main feature of the paper. The point of referring to your own life is to illustrate and make concrete the more abstract concepts and theories in the readings, not to provide the reader with a life history as such. If you feel uncomfortable talking about yourself, then you should feel under no obligation to do so—there is plenty of scope for choice within the topics covered by readings in the Brym reader and in the online databases.
General Guidelines for Essay Assignments
You must use the writing guide Fit to Print by Joanne Buckley when working on your essay assignments. Ensure that your essay conforms to the guidelines provided in this text. You will notice that in Part Six of this guide, instructions are provided for citing sources in APA style. You are required to use this style in Assignments 1 and 2. Sociologists and psychologists generally share many of the conventions for writing essays and research papers. Therefore, the APA style guide is also useful for sociology students.
The list of comments below indicates the most common errors made by students in writing essays. Before you submit your assignments, read this list carefully, then check over your assignments for these potential errors. When you get your graded assignments back, you may receive comments like those noted below:
Thus, if you did not read the original work (Brown, 2009, in the example) but wish to cite it, you must make clear your source of reference.
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