代写 MELBOURNE SOCI10001 – UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY
UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
School of Social and Political Sciences
SOCI10001 – UNDERSTANDING SOCIETY SEMESTER 1, 2016
Dr Barbara Barbosa Neves
A. Short Essay
This is a short sociological essay, the aim of which is to examine key concepts
discussed in the first lectures (3 weeks) of the semester. The essay is designed to
assess your basic essay-writing and analytic skills. In addition, it provides students with
an opportunity to use their sociological imagination by applying some of the key ideas
presented so far to the experiences of your generation.
(1000 words, 25% of overall grade)
Distributed: Thursday 10th March 2016 (week 2), in lecture and posted on LMS.
Due: 5pm, Monday 4th April 2016 (week 5) – submit your essay through LMS, no hard
copies. Ensure you attach a cover sheet (available on the LMS) to the front of all written
work before you submit it.
Using at least two of the concepts of ‘sociological imagination’, ‘generation’,
‘globalization’, ‘risk’, ‘social change’, and ‘identity’, examine one aspect of how your life
today is different from the youth of your parents or grandparents.
Your objective in this assignment is to demonstrate what you have learnt so far, and to
develop your critical thinking and essay writing skills.
You will be marked on the following criteria:
• How you have answered the specific question
• Your understanding of required readings and your own further reading
• Your argument structure (including introduction, paragraphs, content, and
conclusion – for instance, does your conclusion coherently summarize the main
point(s) of your essay?)
• Your inclusion of relevant examples to illustrate your argument
• Writing style; comprehensibility, spelling, grammar
• Correct referencing (and where necessary footnotes) in text and a reference list
at the end of your essay following the School guidelines.
• It is your job to demonstrate that you can understand and apply the key concepts.
• Make sure you show how you have interpreted the question and make sure to
define key terms and scope: the concepts you choose, your definition of ‘young
people’, your geographical focus (are you talking about Australia?).
• It is highly recommended that you discuss one of the changes in Woodman and
Wyn (2015), Chapter 2, particularly as summarized in the table on page 26
comparing young people aged 18-34 in 1976 and 2011. Do not try to cover every
change that is discussed in this chapter. It is important that you check in with
your tutor if you want to write about a change not discussed in this chapter.
• Do not try to cover everything about yourself!
• The idea is to demonstrate that you have read the required readings so far, and
that you can apply these concepts in a particular case. You will draw on at least
some of the other sources provided on the LMS, and can find your own further
sources. Doing your own further research will not lead directly to a higher mark.
The most important task is to do a good job with the sources provided to you.
• For this first essay, criteria 3 (your essay structure) will be particularly
important. Plan and structure your response. A clear introduction and conclusion
• In preparing your essay you are advised to read through the lecture slides, the
tutorial notes, and the readings provided and to reference ideas accordingly (but
only reference the readings, do not reference lectures – they are just an
introduction to the material).
• You will be expected to draw on more than the compulsory readings, but you will
not need many references. No more than 10 as a maximum.
• Keep in mind the word count – do not go significantly below or over the
• Try to enjoy the assignment! It is a first university exercise that
demonstrate both your reading and conceptual understanding of the course so
far. If you make a mistake you will have an opportunity to improve on future
• Any queries should be directed first towards your tutors.
Further help & guidance:
1. Note the departmental writing style guide in LMS.
2. VERY useful resources for all assignments are available at the Academic
3. A number of books on writing essays for university are available at the University
library and bookshop.
Please note that extensions will only be given in cases of illness or family emergency,
when applied for in writing and accompanied by documentary support. Late submissions
without an extension are penalized 10% per day. Please note the full policy involving
late submission of work in the subject guide. In the interests of student equity, this policy
cannot be varied.