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Sociology Position Paper
A position paper presents an aruable opinion about an issue. The goal of a postion paper is to convince the audience that your opinion is valid and worth listening to. Idea that you are considering need to be carefully examined in choosing a topic, developing an argument, and organizing your paper. It is very improtant to ensure that you are addressing all sides of the issue and presenting it in a manner that is easy for your audience to understand. Your job is to take one side of the argument and persuade your audience that you have well-founded knowledge of the topic being presented. It is important to suport your argument with evidence to ensure the validity of your claims, as well as to address the counterclaims to show that you are will informed about both sides.
Make sure to consider the following:
Issue Criteria- your topic must be a relevant and identifiable social issue.
Analyzing/developing an argument- Once you have selected you topic, you should do some research on the subject matter. You need to ensure that your position is well supported by finding supporting evidence such as, factual knowledge, statistical inferences, informed opinions, and personal testimony.
Introduction (20 points)
Counter Argument (30 points)
Your Argument (60 points)
Conclusion (20 points)
Bibliography (10 points)
The above outline is the required format of your position paper. The paper is to be double-spaced, 12 font, typed and grammatically correct. Normal margins, normal headers, normal footers, and using MLA format. If you quote something directly, place quotations and use an in-text citation that credits a source with the quote. Bibliography needed!