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Pro-Con analysis is always present in our everyday life. All the time considerations on pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages, benefits and drawbacks/limitations are done concerning a project to carry out, a product to buy, a trip to make. In academia, pro-con analysis is often done in, for example, evaluating projects, educational measures, class-management procedures; upon careful examination of pros and cons, decisions are made. In academic reflection, pro-con analysis is also done in, for example, in considering models or theories proposed; upon examination of evidence, they may be adopted or refuted.
You will be writing a Pro-Con Essay in this Unit. A pro-con essay encourages the development of critical thinking by examining issues from different perspectives, which demands profound research**. Your essay could be 1) a simple summary* of the pros and cons of an issue, or 2) a synthesis of the pros and cons with a demonstration of your position.
For the assignment, you must choose a synthesis of the pros and cons with a demonstration of your position and follow through. Further instructions for that can be found within assignment#2
To complete the unit, you must:
- read/participate in the activities
- videos on pro-con (recommended)
- considering pro-con (recommended)
- reflecting on pro-con (recommended, by Sept 25th, feedback by Luiza)
- read the guidelines for assignment#2
- do assignment #2 - first steps - Feedback by Luiza
- do assignment #2 - draft version - Feedback by Celso and Luiza
- do assignment #2 - final version - Feedback by Celso, with grades
* because of this, some peoples says pro-con essays do not need thesis statements (see here).
** before you begin writing, you'll need to research your topic. Learn what other people say about the particular issue. You really need to consult expert opinions. Scholarly journals, credible professional websites and university websites can provide you with a good starting point.