- Describe a â€œreal lifeâ€ instance of your selected social issue in a professional or a personal setting.
- Discuss your perspective on your selected social issue, including the reasons for your viewpoint.
- Discuss how your core values inform or influence your perspective on your selected social issue.
- Demonstrate that you are really thinking about your issueâ€”donâ€™t settle for easy answers, donâ€™t pretend that conflicting evidence doesnâ€™t exist, and donâ€™t feel that you have to take an either-or position.
- Discuss the complexities of your selected social issue. For example, do not just conclude that using academic language is always good, or that government surveillance is always bad, or that wealth automatically leads to health. Think about the intricacies of these issues and how they play out in everyday life.
- Include an introductory paragraph, where you clearly outline a â€œreal-lifeâ€ instance of your social issue and you give a thesis statement that indicates your perspective (see Part 2: Writing Your Introduction for an example).
- Include 3-5 body paragraphs where you include details, examples, and quotes from at least three of the course readings and two additional readings to help you develop and support your key points (see Part 3: Writing Your Body Paragraphs for an example).
- Include one body paragraph where you discuss how your core values inform or influence your perspective on your selected social issue (see Part 3: Writing Your Body Paragraphs for an example).
- End your essay with a concluding paragraph where you restate your thesis, summarize your key points, and leave the reader with the “so what?” ( see Part 4: Writing Your Conclusion for an example).