UNIV 111 U NIT III E SSAY AND P RESENTATION A SSIGNMENT – C ONTEXT /A RGUMENT Argument Analysis From the Syllabus: “A piece of writing that makes a claim and that incorporates multiple outside texts (4-6 pages or 1000-1500 words), along with an individual presentation of 6-7 minutes, covering your Unit III Essay topic. Topic Selection: In this paper you will analyze two different viewpoints on an issue of interest to you. You should choose a topic that exhibits a significant evolution in its nature and/or application, and for which there are imperfect, competing arguments being made. Further, your topic must have ethical implications (see description below). You should choose a topic of genuine interest to you, but it needs to be a topic for which you can do scholarly, substantive research. It does not have to be a “big issue” topic; it could be something less world-shattering but still interesting, like innovations in some form of technology, or fashion design, music, or movies, etc. There is a list of sample topics, along with a list of topics that will not be allowed , at this end of this assignment sheet The Essay: You will find two substantive sources on your topic, using academic research methods covered in class (see definitions below). These should be texts that argue different positions on the same topic. Your essay will be a description of the issue at hand, and an analysis of both arguments. The thesis you arrive at will be a statement of who has the better argument . Your reasons for your claim will be covered in the body paragraphs, where you analyze and evaluate the various aspects of both arguments. You are NOT arguing the issue yourself . Instead, you are arguing which of your sources/authors has the better argument (regardless of whether you agree with his/her position) by evaluating how strong their arguments are.
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- Fall '07
- Ethics, Substantive Sources, Cabell Library, academic research methods