Sociology Essay Assignment on SOCI 3991 A3


Before you attempt this assignment, make sure that you have completed all of the prerequisite readings and learning activities in Unit 3. This is an upper level course, and your essay assignments must show that you have done extra research to expand and go deeper into the topics that you choose. You may use and cite the unit readings for your essay assignments, but you are expected to do more than merely restate what you have read in these materials. Show original thought by providing examples and illustrations relevant to the topics; marshal evidence that supports your views; and demonstrate that you have undertaken some further reading (and always cite your sources!).

Please note: If you rely only on the unit readings and material to complete this assignment, you will not be able to attain the highest grade for this course.


Choose 2 questions from the following topic list and write 2 essays of approximately 750 words. Be sure that you present the concepts in your own words and that you include current information.

Your word-processed assignments should follow APA format for preparing your paper and citing sources; however, do not write an abstract.

If you have any questions about the assignment, consult your course Open Learning Faculty Member. When you complete an assignment, submit it to your Open Learning Faculty Member for comments and evaluation.

Topics for Assignment 3

Following is the list of potential topics for this assignment:

  1. In what way does ascribed status influence stratification in Canadian society? Support your argument on the basis of existing evidence of the complex connection between ascribed statuses and stratification.
  2. Discuss the way in which rigid gender expectations from society may become oppressive for both men and women. Provide documented examples to illustrate your points.
  3. Trace the history of gay rights in Canada up to the legalization of same-sex marriage. How are individual rights relevant in this story? In what way has the complex array of sexual orientations and identities led to the questioning of the idea and validity of same-sex marriage? Why?
  4. Discuss the different societal and historical changes that have transformed family life in Canada towards its diversification both in family forms and household arrangements. How would you say that family life has changed in Canada towards the end of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first centuries? Base your answer on documented evidence.
  5. Choose one national minority (French Canada, First nations) or an immigrant group that has suffered due to religious discrimination in Canada and discuss the consequences of the discriminatory practices against this specific group both for the group itself as well as for the whole of Canada.

Criteria for Evaluating Essays

Following is a set of criteria that is the basis for evaluating written assignments in this course:

Substance (75 marks)

  • The research paper provides evidence of critical thinking and analysis as well as synthesis of researched information throughout, and it presents a logical and persuasive argument.
  • Research sources are relevant, current, and credible. They are clearly documented in the paper.
  • The introduction offers a sense of direction for the paper and presents a clear thesis statement to the reader.
  • The body develops the necessary aspects of the main idea and provides examples, support, or illustration for each aspect of the main idea.
  • The conclusion summarizes the main points and ties them to the thesis; it also presents an impact statement and/or suggests direction for future research.

Writing Style and Format (25 marks)

  • Paragraphs are unified, developed, and coherent, with transitions between ideas.
  • Sentences are grammatically correct; words are chosen for accuracy and impact.
  • The writing follows the conventions of spelling and mechanics (punctuation, etc.).
  • The format follows the APA documentation style accurately and consistently.