Impact of Immortality in Society Research Essay Assignment

For this project you will write a research essay.The objective in developing this inquiry-based research essay(my research question is “immortality”) is not, perhaps, like other research essays with which you may be familiar.In an inquiry-based essay, the development of a research question is the cornerstone of the essay, providing a guideline for you to follow your research wherever the information takes you.You are investigating and possibly raising additional questions rather than providing a definitive answer or arguing for one side or another.Therefore, the careful formulation of a solid research question about your topic is crucial to ensure your inquiry will be effective.

We’ll spend some time brainstorming possible research topics/questions.But for now know, the topic you research could be related to one of the issues we’re reading about in CW (e.g. gender relations/identities; race relations in the U.S.; mass incarceration/prison reform; immigration; social impacts of technology/social media; indigenous peoples rights; writing; writing as social justice; social justice and our responsibility to others; depression/mental health; role of narrative/stories/art in society; to name a few). Or, the topic you research could be related to an issue your service learning organization/agency is dealing with, or you could choose to research a topic related to your academic major or career aspiration (with my approval). For this project, I want you to develop a question on a topic you’re genuinely interested in learning more about.

Once your research topic and question is finalized, you will conduct extensive inquiry into the potential implications and significance of your research question.You will seek connections between the information you discover during your research and the potential significance to your topic, identified audiences, and further inquiry.Your thorough research of multiple sources, and full analysis of your findings, will be the foundation from which you develop your essay.Your sources should be used as evidence to support, contradict, or expand your ideas, and your essay must include extensive analysis around the question you explore.

The following types of research must be incorporated into your essay:

  • At least 3 academic sources



  • At least 2 popular media sources relevant to your topic