Writing An Argumentative Essay in 1,000 Words

For this task, you will write an argumentative essay, choosing a question to answer from a selection provided. Don’t worry – an argumentative essay is simply a way you can show us how convincing you can be, but without having to stand up in front of people (like in a debate)!

As you are no doubt aware by now, this unit is FULL of interesting topics, and with a diversity of people comes a diversity of perspectives and opinions. You will need to select appropriate examples to support your response, as well as relevant academic sources both from your set reading list, and ones you have researched and located yourself.

We know that at various times in your life, you will have written essays.

An academic essay requires some of the things you are familiar with – for example, an introduction, body paragraphs and a conclusion.

However, we would like you to keep in mind that academic essays are also a bit different. Firstly, it is a core expectation of this task that you draw on between four and six academic readings, some of which must be from the set reading list from this unit. This is not optional.

Secondly, keep in mind that an argumentative essay requires you to take a position – this is NO time to sit on the fence. You will need to either agree or disagree with the proposition within the question and justify your position by drawing on scholarly sources.

There will also be a self-assessment component to this task. The purpose of this component is to encourage you to engage meaningfully with the rubric of this task, before submission. This will support you in producing the best quality work you are capable of. The document that you need to complete is in the Resources section below, and we will go through it in your Essay Workshop in Week 8.

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Option #1: Policies about Aboriginal Australians are concerned with making sure Aboriginal people achieve the same standards of health, education, and well-being as other Australians. Adopting a sociological approach to Indigenous issues requires that we look a little deeper as to why these gaps close so slowly, if at all. Select one Aboriginal policy to analyze (examples include Closing the Gap, The Northern Territory Intervention, and Stronger Futures) in response to the following question: Do attempts to address indigenous disadvantage at a policy level effectively address or compound the challenges facing Aboriginal Australians?

Option #2: According to Pillar (2016, p.161), ‘ language is central to the ability to fully participate in the life of the community. However, the ability to deploy language for effective participation is unequally distributed.’ Select an example of each (i) one way that lived experience can be enhanced and (ii) one way that lived experience can be limited by an individual’s language skills. Then, respond to the following question: To what extent does being bi/multilingual enhance participation in local and (or) global contexts?

Option #3: Australia, and Western Sydney in particular, is considered by many to be ‘super-diverse’. While there are several policy and government approaches to developing social harmony, cohesion, and a sense of belonging, there are also occasions where disharmony and conflict occur. Select an example of each (i) a ‘prescriptive’ (policy) approach to, and (ii) a ‘descriptive’ (everyday/lived) experience of, diversity. Then, respond to the following question: Do policy approaches to diversity build a sense of belonging?

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