This is an essay based on a GEND310 topic that uses academic literature to respond analytically to a media article. The point of this assessment is to complicate assumptions about crime, gender and power within the media by drawing on gender theory. The essay will respond to the following question: How does the academic literature on [insert selected topic] complicate the views presented in the media article*? *Note: the list of media articles will be made available in Wk3. Formal requirements - Choose a topic (Wk3-Wk6) - Choose a media article associated with that topic from the list provided - Select academic reference material: you must use 2 required readings from GEND310 Wk2 – Wk6. Additional reference material should be sourced from the unit or independently through MQ library. - Compose a response to the essay question included above - You cannot use the same topic for your end of semester Research Essay. - Keep quotations to no more than 10% of your essay. All quotations must be placed within quotation marks. WARNING: All other sentences - and even phrases within the sentences - must be in your own words (that is, do not cut and paste an author’s text in making your own sentences). DO NOT USE ANY SENTENCES OR PHRASES OF THE ORIGINAL TEXT UNLESS THEY ARE CITED IN QUOTATION MARKS. Proper references are required and it is essential to cite accurate page numbers for direct quotes. Plagiarism (including self-plagiarism) is taken seriously at MQ University.- Harvard referencing style should be used. - The assignment should be in full sentences and properly proofed. - You do not need to cover all aspects of the topic. You may narrow your focus according to what is required to make your analysis as rich and coherent as it can be in 1500 words. TIP: In this unit it is a good idea to articulate your own views on the topic supported with arguments from the academic literature. At the same time, try to open up the question to bring as much intellectual richness and political complexity to the topic as you can (though we do appreciate the limitations of word length!). By all means use the first person ‘I’ when expressing your position! TIP: Try to imagine what someone who believes the opposite of what you believe might argue in the face of what you want to say. Be as generous as you can to this imaginary ‘friend’ (not ‘foe’ – don’t dismiss what they might have to say!), taking them seriously as an intellectual opponent and finding (in the literature, and in your own mind) the best arguments that they could make to challenge your position. This exercise (which you don’t have to spell out in the essay!) will force you to sharpen your own arguments and make your writing wiser and more reasonable. TIP: The assignment length is 1500 words (10% leeway accepted, although try and be concise, not waffly or repetitive). There is no automatic penalty formula for exceeding allowable word length, but there is an effective penalty insofar as papers that are tediously long will work against their potential for higher achievement: effective expression and structure (a clear, concise and tight argument) is highly valued.
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