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Where to begin with a "Considerations Prompt": Consider the issue or question from multiple perspectives (also useful for ANY argument prompt). ethical: concerned with benefits to the greater good; based on warrants about right and wrong (effective if writer and audience share these warrants) historical: concerned with how current situation is linked to historical events; uses historical events to predict potential future outcomes (effective if past and present situations analogous AND if predictions are qualified) economic: concerned with economic benefits; based on economic costs vs. benefits analysis pragmatic: concerned with practicality and feasibility; not SHOULD it be done, but CAN it be done *sociological: attempts to understand and explain how individuals and groups interact within a society; requires thinker to take a "bird's-eye" view of own society and to examine it critically; often considers traits such as age, gender, and social class and how these are linked to behaviors * Both Gender Criticism and Marxist Criticism are considered sociological perspectives. global: (often overlaps with ethical and/or sociological) attempts to consider the "Big Picture": the global impact of a policy or idea psychological: concerned with the workings of the individual mind; considers both psychological causes/factors of problems AND effects of policies, etc. on individuals' mental health *More on the Sociological Perspective: KEY WARRANTS: Much of human behavior is predictable based on humans' conformity to social norms. Age, gender, social class, and other social markers of identity shape individual behavior. What may seem to be individual, personal choices are actually heavily influenced by social factors. Nurture is more important that Nature. EXAMPLE: A student explains her choice to attend Stanford University by claiming that she likes the campus and the course offerings. Sociologists might acknowledge these factors BUT would focus on the "social reality", where factors such as family income, region in which student lives, age, race and government funding influence her choice of college.