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LEARNING AND ACADEMIC SKILLS RESOURCES © Swinburne University of Technology 2015 - CRICOS Provider 00111D swinburne.edu.au/las [email protected] Page 1 twitter.com/las_centre 1. About assignment topics: Assignment topics come in many different forms, and also vary a lot in the amount of information they provide. When you sit down to commence work on an assignment, you need to take time to carefully read the topic and to properly understand it. This is because the first criterion your lecturers will consider in the marking of your work is whether you have in fact done what you were asked to do - that is, have you followed the instructions of the assignment, and answered the basic question (or questions) it is asking. ACTIVITY 1: Interpreting an essay topic. Here’s a test of how well you can interpret an assignment topic. Look at the topic below (from a sociology subject) and then answer the following questions: 1. What is the required length of this assignment? 2. What type of assignment is it? An essay? A report? A literature review? 3. How many references (texts) do students need to consult for this assignment? 4. The topic is concerned with the impact of different ‘forces of change’ – tourism, consumerism, and labour market deregulation – on communities in the Third World. Do you need to cover all three of these forces in the assignment? 5. The topic is concerned with the impact of these forces on local communities. Is that all you need to consider in the essay? 6. Are you required just to provide information about this topic – or do you need to do more than this? See page 5 for answers Write an essay of 2,000 words on the following topic Topic : Modernity and the Third World Question: What do you think has been the main impact of tourism, consumerism or labour market deregulation on local communities in the so-called Third World? How have these communities responded to these forces of social change? Instructions: You should choose to focus on tourism, consumerism or labour market deregulation You will need to focus on a specific locality and community You should consult at least eight references in preparing this assignment You need to present an argument; don’t just give us information 2. Understanding key words and concepts in assignment topics All assignment topics are fundamentally about a particular SUBJECT, one that will be central somehow to the unit you are studying. Thus in the following topic (seen in the previous section), this SUBJECT is forces of social change, which refers here to the forces of tourism, consumerism, and labour market deregulation. Question: What do you think has been the main impact of tourism, consumerism or labour market deregulation on local communities in the so-called Third World? How have these communities responded to these forces of social change?
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