Sociology

“How much freedom should front-line clinicians have in treating Covid-19 patients with unproven drugs?”

Length: Your essay should be between 2,000 and 2,800 words (or 6-8 double-space pages in Times New Roman 12 points).

Your final essay should engage at least three authors we discussed in class and you need to provide the corresponding quotes. Your essay also needs to make use of adequate academic formats of citation. I don’t prefer any in particular as long as your citation format is the same throughout the text

In other words, your essay should offer your analysis and interpretation of the case you have selected and the ideas and arguments relevant to the topic of your topic that can found in the material we discussed in class. Analysis is the process of examining your data (case or event) and associated ideas in order to answer a question. Interpretation refers to a discussion of the meaning and implications of your answer to the conversations your paper addresses. In short, your final essay must show what you think about the topic you have selected and offer evidence to substantiate the argument you are presenting.

Structure and organization: 1. Title (and subtitle if necessary) • It reflects the thesis or main point of your paper.

2. Introduction • Typically, one paragraph. • It announces the topic of the essay, your question, your thesis or argument, the evidence the essay will draw on, and how the paper will be organized.

3. The ethnographic case or event • One or two paragraphs describing a specific case, event, or situation you want to discuss to illustrate your theoretical discussion • Using a narrative voice, in this section you establish the setting of your analysis. • When compellingly written, this section draws the reader into the setting • It should also state why the case or event is relevant for your discussion—namely, what kind of question this case or event brings to the fore.

4. Why this case or event is relevant for your theoretical discussion • In one or two paragraphs, this section should describe the main question or issue that your case brings forth. • It also should connect this question or issue to broader conversations happening among the scholars in Science and Technology Studies that we discussed in class.

5. Theoretical discussion concerning your question • In this section, you elaborate on what established scholars have said about the broader question you are addressing. • Here is where you draw heavily on the readings, recorded material, discussions, etc. we had throughout the semester. • Your goal here is to give your reader a sense of what the main point of each of the theorists you are citing is and how these points converse with each other.

6. Your contribution to that conversation • Here is where you elaborate on your own perspective on the question you are discussing in your essay and explicitly state your argument (or thesis.) • In other words, here you show to your reader what your contribution to this conversation is based on the analysis of your case or event. Does your example confirm or contradict what these theorists say? • Be explicit in your argument. Don’t be shy. You are also a scholar participating in an academic conversation.

7. Conclusion • Return to the question you raised in the opening section. • Briefly recapitulate the main points you developed in your essay • Emphasize, clarify, and render compelling your argument

8. Bibliography • List all the references you have used in your essay.