write an academic essay that talk about “Science tells us the truth about reality (or not).”
My points are:
I’ll stand against this statement, we should write about 3 points I have only one you can choice the other two points.
– Science doesn’t tell us all the truth there is always story beyond what we see,
Also there is always part of the truth we don’t know and the science couldn’t clarify that for us,
– You can choice the other 2 points .. each points will be an individual paragraph.
MAJOR ESSAY GUIDELINES
SSCI 1470U (Section 002)
Administrative details of the paper:
Students are asked to write an 1500-1800 word paper to be submitted electronically by 12:00/noon on Monday, March 16th. Please submit the papers through the UOIT Blackboard course website (a drop box will be set up for you). Please note that I will only accept papers in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf formats.
These papers will be graded both on CONTENT and on STYLE (see below for more information about this). If you have questions about matters of style, please consult a style manual, or you can come to me with specific questions (during my office hours or through email). Please note: I will NOT read your draft, but I will answer specific questions about style or content.
Students are asked to keep in mind that this is an argumentative essay. You should have a clear thesis, and make clear points supporting your thesis in each paragraph.
You can use 1st person perspective (ie: ‘I’) but be wary of resorting to simple opinion to prove/substantiate your premises.
As mentioned above, style is important, as is correct spelling and grammar/syntax. These things are always important in any situation, but especially so in the context of an academic paper. There are many style manuals available for free online (or in print from the Library) that can help you with these matters (also, see the last page of this hand out for general issues).
A BIBLIOGRAPHY IS NECESSARY: a bibliography that clearly references all of the books/articles/titles you’ve looked at in order to write your paper. You may use both primary and secondary sources in this paper. You should use at least three (3) different sources to gain a balanced sense of the topic at hand. All sources (including the textbook, if you decide to use it) should appear in your bibliography. Use the library’s resources. A quick note: I would avoid non-peer-reviewed, Internet-website sources, as they are notoriously unreliable. Having mentioned this, peer-reviewed journal articles found online through the Library’s electronic resources are acceptable. If you have questions in this regard, please ask me.
ADEQUATE REFERENCING IS REQUIRED: If you use another person’s words (or their ideas) you need to reference that by either an endnote or a footnote, or an in-text citation. Your referencing format (ie: APA, MLA, Turabian, Chicago, etc…) is up to you provided that you are consistent throughout and that it is a commonly-accepted method. I will discuss this in class, but please feel free to ask me if you have questions about this.
A few incidentals and tips to keep in mind when writing your paper:
-New Rule—this is YOUR paper: I’m not looking for you to simply regurgitate information from other people! Make your own arguments and support them with your sources. Very few things are more annoying than an essay that has referenced every single word in the darned thing!
-New Rule—please DO NOT use my lecture notes as scholarly sources without my express approval. The reason for this apparently draconian measure is that they are not peer-reviewed (as they are for my own personal use during my lectures). So if you have any questions about this, please discuss it with me beforehand.
New Rule—Late papers will be deducted 5% per day (including weekends).
New Rule—please make sure you keep a copy of your completed paper on your computer, in the event that it gets misplaced for whatever reason.
Here are some ideas to get you thinking about possible essay topics (these are merely suggestions):
1) The knowledge-claims of science are subject to sociological inquiry much like those of other academic/intellectual disciplines.
2) The development of technology is determinative; its expansion occurs beyond the ability of human freedom to curtail it.
3) Science tells us the truth about reality (or not).
4) The transhumanists are correct (or not) in their assumption that there exists no static ‘human’ nature’.
5) Recently-developed social networking websites (such as Facebook) are corrosive to ‘real’ community.
6) The technological ‘divide’ as a function of global capitalist expansion is a necessary evil.
7) There is no such thing as a ‘pre-technological’ society.
8) Theoreticians such as Paul Feyerabend are correct when they argue that science proceeds anarchically, rather than according to fixed and invariable methods.
9) There is no such thing as ‘science’ (in the ‘macro-sense’), only local (and locally-construed) ‘sciences’.
10) If there is another topic you would like to explore in more detail, please run it by me first!
Grading Breakdown for Major Essay for Impacts of Science and Technology on Society:
The essay is graded out of 25 possible marks.
Please find below a rough guideline of the grading criteria that will be used to evaluate your paper.
Please submit papers electronically in the bin created for this purpose on the course website.
Papers submitted after 12:00pm on Monday, March 16th will be docked grades accordingly (5% per business day—please refer to syllabus pg. 2 for more details).
Content: (12 points)
Quality of discussion (12 points)
*Topic/subject/thesis is very clearly stated in the Introductory paragraph
*Maintains appropriate, clear focus on the topic throughout the paper
*Arguments and ideas unfold in a logical manner
*Arguments are substantiated both with adequate discussion and adequate (and appropriate) sources from secondary materials (peer-reviewed only)
-Does not bring in unrelated or unexplained/unsubstantiated points
*Adequate engagement/depth with topic
-Does not make major assumptions or dismissals of alternate views without adequate logical evidence/discussion
-Does not simply regurgitate quotes in order to prove premises but engages topic on a mature level
Style (8 points)
Spelling/grammar/punctuation (4 points)
*No spelling mistakes
*No grammatical/punctuation/copy editing errors—(will be deducted as they occur)
Clarity (4 points)
*Flow and written expression exhibits balance, clarity and style
*Prose exhibits mature, university-level language skills and expression of ideas
*Avoids vague or generalizing or stereotyping or inconsistent or unintelligible or needlessly technical/verbose gibberish
*Gets to the point in a clear and concise way without resorting to the stuff mentioned in the previous point
Structure (5 points)
Length/Structure/Referencing/Bibliography (5 points)
*Paper must include adequate Bibliography that sets out any sources that have been used (including textbook, lecture notes, etc…)
*Makes use of adequate sources
-No lecture notes
-Must be peer-reviewed sources (articles or books)
-Dictionaries or Encyclopedias are NOT used as substantial sources
*Where sources are used, they MUST be adequately referenced and the paper must include a Bibliography
-Any consistent, major referencing model will suffice—APA, MLA, Turabian, etc…
-Consistency of model is imperative throughout
*No more than 2,000 words and no less than 1600 words or marks will be deducted
*organized into clear paragraphs that follow logical progression
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