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ENC 1101 & 1102 - Prof. Ditusa

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Argumentative Essay -- Two Options

ENC1101 Argumentative Essay - Two Options

Investigate a specific focus of interest to you and as a result of your investigation and research, formulate an argumentative thesis focused statement relevant to what you are specifically looking at and where your personal position is to the issue.

Also, conceptualize a solution to the argument your are proposing either at the thesis stage, or later in the essay where it becomes applicable. For either option, consider and offer a refutation, and work through it coming back to define your argument as the more logical.

Write a five to six-page (1700 word) research paper defining the issue, exploring it from all angles, but staying focused on your thesis, and informed by your scholarly research that may support or challenge your argument, but informs the conversation you are engaging in.

This paper requires a minimum of 5 sources (3 of which must come from the BC library databases) that will all be introduced, quoted, analyzed in the text, and cited on your bibliography

This option is a chance to learn more about your prospective career field, and subsequently the thinkers and practitioners in that field. This, then, is an opportunity for you to learn more about a subject you should already have an interest in, and apply your research and composition skills to that conversation.

For this project you’ll want to consider the industry or field you are studying to have a career in and research that field. You want to ask yourself questions concerning the field such as:


  • What are the problems the field is currently facing?

  • What are the trends happening within the field?

  • What obstacles is the field having to overcome in the foreseeable future?

  • What struggles is the field dealing with in relation to achieving its objectives?

  • Who are the professionals at the forefront of the field, and in what way are they impacting it?

There are likely more questions to consider, especially specific to your career field, so consider those as you proceed.

We all see problems in the world, comment on and like the memes regarding our slant, have opinions about what we think is wrong out there in the world on a variety of issues both close to home and on a global scale. This option gives you the opportunity for laying the seeds to do something about it, and apply aforementioned course skills to this conversation.

Look at all aspects of the problem and consider these questions:

  • What is the scope of the problem?
  • Who is it impacting and to what extent?
  • What is your position, but also ask what other positions, arguments, and perspectives there may be?
  • Does the solution exist elsewhere, and are the current solutions already being implemented?
  • What are the successes and challenges of those?
  • Consider implementation of your proposal: would it need funding, and where and who would that come from?

Try and think beyond, “there outta be a law for that, and let my hard earned taxes deal with it." There may already be a law which perhaps could be improved, or better implemented. If you want tax dollars, do you raise taxes, or remove taxes from somewhere else, etc. In other words, you need to be pragmatic.