Assessment 2 – Stronger Sanctions

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Assessment 2 – Stronger Sanctions


The assessment consists of writing an argumentative essay that state a position on an issue and give several reasons, supported by evidence, for agreeing with that position. The argumentative essay requires the student to investigate a topic; collect, generate, and evaluate evidence; and establish a position on the topic in a coherent and concise manner. The essay should use five headings, containing an introduction, three headings developing your argument and refuting opposing arguments, and a conclusion. The essay should cover the following four elements:

  • Position: This is the side of the argument that the author is taking.
  • Reasons: These facts or points make up the ‘why’ of the position.
  • Evidence: Supporting the position by providing factual substantiation from extant literature.
  • Counterarguments: State and refute opposing arguments using further evidence.


Topical statements for Assessment 2 – The case for/against stronger sanctions (deterrence vs. labelling theory).

Thus, you are supposed to write an argumentative essay based on either the case for stronger sanctions or the case against stronger sanctions.

If you chose to make the case for stronger sanctions you should base that argument on and around deterrence theory.

If you chose to make the case against stronger sanctions you should base that argument on and around labelling theory.

Note, that the assignment does not require you to critique the theories used but rather to make a convincing case for your position.

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