Criteria for good essays
Distinction between an essay and a term paper:
Essays published in the sozusagen differ from term papers in several points:
- For scientific essays it is important to briefly explain ideas and concepts. However, it is not necessary to provide a complete overview of the state of the art. Therefore, you should manage with a select amount of scientific literature.
- To make your essays more accessible you should apply the concepts and theories to a specific example.
- Assume that not every reader has prior sociological knowledge. If you use technical terms, please explain them in an understandable way.
- You are not addressing an expert audience. Essays may be written in an interesting, amusing etc. manner.
- Feel free to take a look at essays in previous sozusagen issues for inspiration.
Ideally, your article fulfils the following content criteria and is structured accordingly:
- (empirical) hook, which clearly fits the question.
- Clear sociologically grounded question or hypothesis, that either results from the hook or leads to it
- Clear, comprehensible argumentation, which aims to answer the question (and not everything else at the same time). Common theme.
- Limited to a few theories: one or two sociological concepts (which must be cited!) are usually enough to answer a question.
- Illustrative examples.
- Finish with a conclusion that links back to the question, gives a summarised answer or raises new questions.
- Structure of the text: the question (according to the intended answers) is the basis for the structure of the text.It is the common theme.
- Approximately 4-5 subheadings (please do not use “introduction”, “main part”, “conclusion”) → not too many subheadings, they should be based on the content and be well structured
- Short and concise: Let your question and line of argumentation determine what is relevant and what is not.Try to avoid digressing from your question.