‘What are the key academic writing styles and why are they important’?

Write a 500 word reflective piece on what the student has learnt about types of academic writing and why academic writing styles are important for university purposes.

First answer this question- ‘What are the key academic writing styles and why are they important’? (Approx. 350 words)

Than write a brief introduction to their topic of interest, which the student will be investigating over the course of the semester (approx. 150 words).

Please follow below 2 books……
Key initial* reading and resources Recommended Reading
Core text –
• Cottrell, Stella. The study skills handbook. Macmillan International Higher Education, 2013.
• Punch S., Marsh, I., Keating, M. and Harden, J. (2013) Sociology: Making Sense of Society 5th edition. Harlow: Pearson Education – Available as an Ebook Professional Custom Writing Services from the Experts!

Guided reading –
• Bryman, A (2016) Social Research Methods. Oxford. OUP,
• Bauman Z. & May T. (2001) Thinking Sociologically Malden MA: Blackwell Publishers.
• Graziano, A,M. and Raulin, M (2014) Research methods [electronic resource] : a process of inquiry
• Jones P., Bradbury L., & Le Boutillier S. (2011) Introducing Social Theory 2nd edition, Cambridge: Polity
• May, T (2011) Social research [electronic resource]: issues, methods and process. Maidenhead : Open University Press
• Neuman, W. (2014). Social research methods [electronic resource]: qualitative and quantitative approaches. Harlow, Essex : Pearson
• O’Byrne D. (2011) Introducing Sociological Theory Harlow: Pearson
• Rosenau, P,M. (1992) Post-Modernism and The Social Sciences

Independent study – to receive high grades you will need to demonstrate your wider reading. The following journals provide useful background reading for the material in this unit:
British Journal of Sociology
Current Sociology
Developments in Sociology
Identity – An International Journal of Theory and Research
Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies
Journal of Social Issues
Sociological Research Online
Sociology: The Journal of The British Sociological Association
Sociological Review
Work, Employment and Society

Key initial* reading and resources The reading will be provided for this assignment on a week by week basis and will be covered and discussed in class. To get the highest grades available you will also undertake your own further reading. The key minimum resources that will be used and drawn from are:

Arnett, J. (2004) Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Arnett, J. (2000) ‘Emerging adulthood: A theory of development from the late teens through the twenties’, American Psychologist, 55, 5, pp. 469-480. Online journal

Arnett, J. (2007), ‘Suffering, Selfish, Slackers? Myths and Reality About Emerging Adults’, Journal Of Youth & Adolescence, 36, 1, pp. 23-29. Online journal

Cieslik, M. and Simpson, J. (2013) Key Concepts in Youth Studies. London: Sage.

Hendry, L, & Kloep, M. (2010) ‘How universal is emerging adulthood? An empirical example’, Journal Of Youth Studies, 13, 2, pp. 169-179. Online Journal
Kehily, M. J. (2007) Understanding youth: perspectives, identities and practice. London: Sage.

*Students should note that reading and referencing only these key suggested sources is insufficient for a good grade in an assignment.
Specific assessment guidance on presentation, content or structure
1. Word processed, double spaced, Arial 12 Font and number the pages. You must also include a word count.

2. Ensure that you write the assignment in essay format with an introduction, main-body and conclusion. A key feature of an essay should be a continuous narrative throughout your writing. In that, you will not use headings and sub headings to break up the information that you are discussing (as would be the case with a report).

3. An introduction that details the construction of the essay and informs the reader of what to expect to find within the essay

4. A conclusion where you draw the threads of your discussion together and show how you have addressed your aims and objectives.

5. As a minimum requirement you are expected to draw on 10 academic sources (if you do not use 10 ACADEMIC sources, you will lose marks and risk failing this assignment)

What constitutes an academic source?
1) Books found in the library
2) E-books – that are specific to the subject of sociology/the topic you are discussing
3) Journals
4) Official web pages that end in .ac .org .gov
5) Policy papers
6) Papers found on Google scholar

What does not constitute an academic source?
1) Online sociology/ criminology blogs/webpages/essay writing sites/online student rooms
2) General pages found on google (unless they are policy papers/.org/.ac/.gov
3) Articles from the tabloid newspapers (the Sun/the mirror/the Daily Mail)
4) Un-official web pages that are general discussions without being peer reviewed/from a university / from an academic source

You cannot just rely on the core text books; you will need to search for other books/ journals/articles to help you answer the question. You will need to source articles in the library, especially journal articles, as they will provide you with the latest research evidence/arguments.

• You must use the Harvard referencing system to identify the source of all the information used in your assignment. You will find a copy of the latest referencing guidelines on the unit’s BREO site. Also read the section headed ‘Plagiarism and Bad Academic Practice’ in your handbook. For guidance on referencing sources go to the following webpage: http://lrweb.beds.ac.uk/guides/a-guide-to-referencing.

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