INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY MCDR3102
GUIDELINES FOR INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY ESSAY ASSIGNMENT
ISSUES: Your essay should explore any of the following main issues, with particular focus on Oman. You can specify your topic by considering some of the suggestions in brackets.
1. Crime [Specific topics could be about: cyber crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, electronic blackmail]
2. Migration/National Identity [ Migrants in Oman and their impact on Omani culture or economy, Impact of the political crisis in Afghanistan on migration, the social consequences of migration etc]
3.The Environment [Omani policies and laws for environmental protection, causes and impact of industrial pollution in particular industrial areas such as Sohar, awareness of environmental issues such as climate change or global warming among the public in Oman]
4. Illness and wellbeing [public awareness of illnesses like diabetes or cancer, myths and stigma associated with Covid-19 Vaccines, drug addiction – causes and solution]
5. Education [The evolution of education in Oman, Government efforts to align education with Oman Vision 2040, the new reality of education under Covid-19 and its challenges]
FORMAT: Whatever topic you choose, your essay should include the following sections:
a] Introduction – Definitions and background of your study. For example, definition of crime in general and the specific type of crime you are writing about
b] Relevance to Oman – How widespread is it in Oman according to reliable data? What are its impacts on Omani society? [You can use existing data or interview some reliable sources]
c] Search for information on laws or policies related to the subject from online sources – websites, government statistics, policies or regulations regarding the issue.
d] Conclusion – Challenges posed by the issue and suggestions on how to deal with it more effectively.
CITATIONS AND REFERENCES: Your sources should be cited within your texts and at the end of your essay you should give full details of the sources. Here is an example. Assume you are giving information whose source is a study done by Faiza Al Abri in 2017. How you can give the citation within the text is highlighted in red.
Financial crimes have increased all over the world due mainly to the widespread access to computers and smart phones. According to Al Abri (2017), there were about 500 cases of recorded crimes related to digital technology in Oman in 2013 coinciding with the increase in use of internet access.
At the end of your essay, that citation will be given in full under References as follows:
[Name of the author or source |Year the study was done| Title of the study| Name of journal or book or website link where the study was published]
Al Abri, Faiza (2017), “Access to the Internet and Cybercrimes in Oman”, Journal of Mid-Eastern Humanities, Vol .1, No. 4. pages 12-23.
[Other sources you used should be listed like that under References in alphabetical order]
1] Deadline for submission is Week 12, but the specific date will be communicated to you by your teacher
2] A soft copy of the essay will be submitted to the teacher through Safe Assign on Blackboard and another soft copy in word document format by Email.
Any plagiarism report of more than 25% matching will not be accepted.
After submission, the student should prepare the main points of their essays for a 10-minute online presentation .
Main points [at least 5 points for 2 marks each]
Clarity and flow of ideas