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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.

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4) The transhumanists are correct (or not) in their assumption that there exists no static a?humana naturea.

5) Recently-developed social networking websites (such as Facebook) are corrosive to a?reala community.

6) The technological a?dividea as a function of global capitalist expansion is a necessary evil.

7) There is no such thing as a a?pre-technologicala 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 a?sciencea (in the a?macro-sensea), only local (and locally-construed) a?sciencesa.

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 35 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 11:59pm on Monday, March 24th will be docked grades accordingly (5% per business daya please refer to syllabus pg. 2 for more details).

Content: (20 points)

Quality of discussion (20 points)
*Topic/subject/thesis is very clearly stated in the Introductory paragraph (3 points)
*Maintains appropriate 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
*Conclusions and argument(s) follow from presented idea(s); does not make logical a?leapsa from ideas to conclusion or between ideas
*Adequate engagement/depth with topic
-Does not provide simple/unacceptable distinctions/explanations/development of main or secondary arguments
*Consists of specific, developed details (not simply an inadequate or improperly developed a?lista of reasons pointing to a conclusion)
*Maintains clear focus on topic/thesis/subject throughout
-Does not branch off into hazy or unrelated comments
*Expresses clear engagement/connection with original thesis
*Does not make major assumptions or dismissals of alternate views without logical evidence
*Does not simply regurgitate quotes in order to prove premises but engages topic on a mature level


Style (10 points)

Spelling/grammar/punctuation (5 points)
*No spelling mistakes
*No grammatical/punctuation/copy editing errorsa (will be deducted as they occur)

Clarity (5 points)

*Flow and written expression exhibits balance, clarity and style
*Prose exhibits mature, university-level language skills and expression of ideas
*Although personal pronouns are acceptable, does not rely too much on personal observation (without adequate substantiation) to prove/legitimize premises
*Ideas presented are appropriately focused and 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 sufficea APA, MLA, Turabian, etc...
-Consistency of model is imperative throughout
*No more than 2,100 words and no less than 1800 words or marks will be deducted
*organized into clear paragraphs that follow logical progression