SOCI 116 – Summer 2016
Assessment: Essay component (30%)
|The Essay is designed to test your ability
to use the information gained from the course
and arrive at a reasoned conclusion.
Essay (2000 words):
5% for the report plan; 25% for the essay
On p. 406 of Cohen and Kennedy (2013), the authors state:
“… we are not dealing with a teleological, unilinear process that will inevitably take us to a better world.”
it has been claimed that globalization has the potential to reduce inequalities in the world.
it has been argued that globalisation
is leading to deeper and broader social inequalities. Evaluate these claims using academically valid sources and information as evidence for your argument.
Word counts are given as a guide and the usual rule of thumb is that you can transgress the limit by up to 10% on either side (so using that rule of thumb, a 2500 word essay can extend from 2250 to 2750 words).
For my part, the word limits are a guide as to the minimum you should write.
As long as your account is substantive and concise, and reaches that minimum word count, assignment length will not affect the mark you get.
If you do decide to write more than the specification because you are enthusiastic about your subject, then make sure you make it worth my while to read it. (There is nothing worse than reading material that is merely empty padding; such work tends to make your marker cross L …. so don’t do it).
For the Essay plan worth 5%
I want to see the following groundwork.
In evaluating the given claims i.e.
Globalization either does or does not have the potential to reduce inequalities in the world.
Globalisation either is/is not leading to deeper and broader social inequalities.
you will need to end up stating your considered evaluation of the matter.
Moreover, you will feel confident in your conclusions and the persuasiveness of your argument if you …
– have given the topic fair and balanced coverage,
– have supplied an academic level of evidence to support it, and
– have conveyed your answer in a clear, precise and accurate form.
The essay plan form on Learn is designed to help you amass and organize your evidence both for and against the claims made.
The way you fill in the form should also provide me with an indication that you have done the basic thinking and research needed to write a good answer to this question. If your research merely mines the textbook as its source, that will be sufficient for this exercise and for me.
Submit the form to me as a hard copy, so as to get your 5% or a portion thereof.
|Globalization either does/does not have the potential to reduce inequalities in the world.||Globalisation either is/is not leading to deeper and broader social inequalities.|
|The evidence I have to support my decision about whether||The evidence I have to support my decision about whether|
|It does have the potential …||It does not have the potential …||It is leading to …..||It is not leading to ….|