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How to Write a Social Essay


A social essay will address social ideas, social theories, societal change, analysis and psychology. These anthropological subjects need to be studied with insight and patience. Social concepts are usually introduced through a curriculum in school or college. Students are asked to read a set work on social theory, to research it and then to write a critical essay on the subject. The essay should provide the topic, the scope, the thesis and the structure, or sequence as it is called in some countries. The following are some steps for writing a good social essay.

Social essays have a variety of topics but they usually have something to do with areas that impact people. The following are some sample topics: drug abuse and its effects on society, welfare and the government, economy and history, crime and social controls, the evolution of society out of hardships, crime on the Internet, changes in society and social values.

Use sociological theories to show your understanding of our world. Don't be afraid to challenge certain assumptions in social theory and apply them to the modern world. Independent thought and discussion of established theories show that you have been reading and absorbing the set reading material. Seeing concepts in sociology from the outside is not always easy when you yourself are involved in that society, but your situation may give you a unique perspective on the problem, guiding you to produce an insightful essay.

Lay out how the essay will cover your subject in the introduction. Write a sentence explaining the topic and another sentence explaining the scope of the essay, that is, what part of the big picture you will focus on. In the next sentence tell the reader what ideas or point of view you will present, and finally give the structure or sequence of details that the reader can expect to read about. Remember as in any essay, the introduction is a microcosm of the whole essay. The subject of each paragraph should be raised in your introduction.

Expand the subjects/topics you have laid out in the structure sentence of the introductory paragraph. Ensure that each paragraph only covers one topic. In this area you can be original in devising social theory, analyzing and studying to assist in judging trends in society that can predict social problems. A theory you develop in a social essay may be useful to societies.

Quote and reference the ideas and work of established sociologists. When writing a critical essay you will not be required to be original, in fact, the more references you can include in your paper the better results you will have with the essay. Showing understanding and analysis of established social theories highlights your understanding of the topic you're writing about. Explain your ideas and how they are relevant in society. Is it the same in neighboring countries or are morals flexible to suit the values and beliefs of each culture?

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  • Thoroughly research your topic, read and reread the literature, record your references and paraphrase them in your essay. Pay attention to the technical aspects of your writing and ensure it is free of errors.
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