Think about different aspects and reflections of globalisation introduced in the lectures and seminars (e.g. economic inequalities, diversity and backlash, technological advancement, connectedness, migration, outsourcing, ethics and corporate social responsibility, automation and geek economy, and so on). Consider which of these issues feel important to you for further exploring how it manifests in the world of work around you.
The essay will rely on two important foundations. First is your reading of the academic literature on the issue of your choice. Second foundation will be your active engagement with the topic by linking the ‘academic’ thinking about work to the experience of work in real life. To do this, you can use news items or other online information sources, but you are also encouraged to go off-line to the field like a researcher. You can talk with people, make pictures or just observe a day in a workplace. These are only a few examples and I am very curious to see all the other different ideas you will come up with. To wrap up, the two foundations on which your essay will build on are your engagement with the academic material and then link this to the more day-to-day experience of work.
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There will be many opportunities during the semester for you to discuss your essay with teaching associates and myself. The lectures will provide you with an overview of the different aspects of globalisation providing you with some of the key concepts, theories and issues, one of which you may decide to focus on in your essay.
Both the coursework and the exam papers will be assessed on the extent to which:
(a) they display knowledge and understanding of the issues and debates in the chosen area; (b) they are able to bring together and critically evaluate material in forwarding your argument, assessing competing interpretations, rather than just providing description or simply repeating the literature; (c) they integrate and reflect on in-class learning and independent study and research; and (d) they present a well structured and developed argument responding to the question, observing the academic standards of grammar, spelling and referencing.
The following questions will be particularly helpful to ask yourself when you write the essay:
[Display knowledge and understanding of the issues and debates in the chosen area]
• Have you explained the importance of your chosen topic by using support from
• Have you shown the reader how your chosen issue strongly manifests itself in
the everyday world of work?
[Bring together and critically evaluate material in forwarding your argument, assessing competing interpretations, rather than just providing description or simply repeating the literature]
• Can you draw links between related concepts and theories?
• Is the essay balanced?
• Have you used relevant, good quality sources?
• Is the literature used well and appropriately to answer the question?
• Have you assessed different perspectives critically?
• Have you used your own independent research to connect to the abstract
academic debates in a more empirical manner?
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[integrate and reflect on in-class learning and independent study and research]
Ask yourself: ??Have you demonstrated learning from lectures, seminars/set reading, and additional reading, and from your independent research? [Present a well-structured and developed argument responding to the essay question, observing the academic standards of grammar, spelling and referencing]. Ask yourself: • Is the essay well structured (introduction, body, conclusions)? • Are citations and references correctly used? • Is the essay free of grammar and spelling errors?
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