Choose one of the topics listed below. Research the history, problems, arguments, examples, causes and impacts considering the issue/topic. Write a persuasive/reflective essay supporting your point of view or position.

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Assessment Brief: A1
A1: Essay (Weighting 15%)
Due: Week 6 (Monday 4th September 23:59 AEST) Submit via Moodle
Length: 1000 +/- 5% Words
Number of References: Minimum 10
Choose one of the topics listed below. Research the history, problems, arguments, examples, causes and impacts considering the issue/topic. Write a persuasive/reflective essay supporting your point of view or position.
1. Robots in Society and the End of Manual Labour for Humans
2. Artificial Intelligence and its Threat to Humanity
3. The Increasing Gap Between the Wealthy and the Poor
4. Living Forever (Extending Life Expectancy to Millennia)
5. The End of Religion in Western Style Democracies
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Formatting Requirements
The assignment should be presented as follows:
• Font/Font Size: Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri or Sans Serif /12, Regular
• Margin: (Left, Right, Top and Bottom) 2.54 cm
• Page Numbers: Yes
• Line Spacing: 1.5
• Paragraph Style: Justified
• File Format: PDF
• File Name: Student Name, Student ID, Assessment No.
The following is an example of the essay structure:
I. Introduction
a. Hook: a sentence that grabs the reader’s attention
b. History/background: What is the issue at hand? Who cares? Where is the issue prevalent? Why is it important?
c. Thesis statement: last sentence of your introduction where you clearly state your position/point of view on the topics and provide an overarching reason.
II. Your Argument
a. Claim 1 (can use opportunity to refute opposition’s argument along the way)
• Evidence 1a—statistics, examples, testimony
• Evidence 1b—statistics, examples, testimony
b. Claim 2
• Evidence 2a—statistics, examples, testimony
• Evidence 2b—statistics, examples, testimony
c. Claim 3
• Evidence 3a—statistics, examples, testimony
• Evidence 3b—statistics, examples, testimony
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III. Oppositions Argument or Position
a. Opposing view 1
• Refutation 1
b. Opposing view 2
• Refutation 2
IV. Summary/Conclusion
a. Restate the importance of the issue
b. Paint the picture of the world if your plan IS or IS NOT implemented
Note
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