You will write a 4 page essay exploring the relevance of two social theorists (C. Wright Mills and Richard Marc Emerson) we have covered in class to a contemporary social issue. The goal is to show your familiarity with the theorists, your ability to relate his ideas to the current world, and your skill at effective written communication of theoretical ideas.
In this essay you should strive to indicate mastery of some of the core ideas of the theorists you have chosen. Part of the essay will be a detailed description of one or more concepts from each theorist. The remainder of the essay will involve discussing how these concepts help us to better understand a contemporary social issue. While quotes are allowed, it is important that you be able to communicate the author’s ideas in your own words. This is a short essay so stay focused on the core elements of the assignment and be efficient.
The topic for the first essay will be to look at the issue of the wildfires on the West Coast of the US. You can write about any aspect of the fires such as climate change, land use policy, inequality, etc.
The paper is to be approximately 4 pages in 12 pt. type with 1 inch margins. No title page is required.