Essay Writing in Social Sciences

Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Law, Linguistics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy.

An essay is one of the most common assignments aimed at assessing the knowledge in different sciences. In order to perform the task successfully, one must consider several key issues of the preparation stage, during the writing process and after it is over.

Before you write:

  • Read the topic carefully and think about the material you need in order to complete the task.
  • Do background reading, select the reference sources, note down the key ideas.
  • Organize the ideas considering the topic discussed in all aspects in a scientific context.
  • Write the outline, bearing in mind that the type of writing you are doing must be specific and concise.

Writing an introduction:

  • Re-state the topic.
  • Provide the purpose and the objectives of the essay.
  • Present the scientific context of the problem.
  • State the thesis of your writing.

Writing the main body:

  • Divide the main body of your essay into sections with appropriate headings.
  • Prove all your points with facts and data analysis, do not use any blind statistics or quotes.
  • Finish each section with a mini-conclusion.

Writing a conclusion:

  • Never leave your essay without an ending.
  • Summarize and restate your thesis, all your mini-conclusions and their justifications.

Potential pitfalls to avoid:

  • Do not use bullets. Develop sentences and paragraphs.
  • Proofread your essay. Never hand it in as it is.
  • Never use slang.
  • Use appropriate style – formal, but not flowery and vague.
  • Never refer to an individual by first name only.
  • Never hand in your essay without a list of references.

Try to follow this checklist while writing a social science essay and remember that in many ways it is the same academic essay you have written many times. However, as it is now aimed at representing the scientific information, it must be even more concise, well-structured and balanced with every assumption being appropriately supported.

In order to find original topics in social sciences, view our Topics section.

If you want to view examples of essays written on social sciences, you are welcome at our Samples page.

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