Writing Question

Writing Question

Research and write a short analysis of the globalization of one place in the present. Specifically, your case study should

  1. identify, describe and analyze the present state or condition of a place (for example, why is Somalia a failed state?), or identify and analyze a significant/noteworthy event or set of related events that occurred recently or are ongoing in a place (for example, why have Ghana and the Ivory Coast formed a cocoa cartel? or, why are there “caravans” of migrants pouring out of Honduras?), and
  2. identify what dimensions of globalization and/or development, as we have studied them in this class, are necessary to adequately understand the historical and geographical background for that condition or those events, and
  3. clearly explain the connections between those dimensions of globalization and/or development and the current condition or events. In other words, the case study should focus on something that is happening now; however, digging into the history of the place will be a necessary part of explaining the present situation. Like in Tropic of Chaos, how did history set the stage for what is happening now – specifically the kinds of globalization and/or development processes we have learned about in this class?

This case study will be graded according to the following criteria:

  • How well it describes and analyzes what is happening in the chosen place,
  • How well this analysis integrates the readings and the larger context of the course,
  • How well it meets academic writing standards.
  • An excellent case study will use the concepts from the class as an integral part of the analysis, employing quotes from the readings (and sources) where appropriate. It will contextualize what is happening in the place within larger patterns of globalization and development addressed in class. It will be written to academic style: along with good writing, the sources used will be appropriate to the topic, properly cited, and of academic quality. It may use popular sources (newspapers, magazines, online sites, etc.), but it must also make meaningful use of at least 2 scholarly, non-class sources (scholarly = academic = peer-reviewed journal articles or books), and it must cite them properly.

Having difficulty picking a topic? Maybe your topic is too big or too small? Go to this link, and on the first page watch the very short 3-minute video “Picking Your Topic IS Research” https://researchguides.uoregon.edu/c.php?g=318981Links to an external site.. I recommend the other boxes on that page, and the rest of the pages in the same Research Guide as well. One possible way to start is to pick a place that interests you, and look for stories from reliable journalism sources such as the New York Times, BBC, Guardian, Washington Post, LA Times, The Economist, etc. Try doing some searches linking that place with key terms and concepts from our class. Also highly recommended: go talk to the GEs during their office hours, or make an appointment to see them if you cannot attend their regularly scheduled office hours.

What are scholarly sources? For the difference between popular and scholarly sources, watch this short 4-minute tutorial: https://researchguides.uoregon.edu/popular-scholarlyLinks to an external site.. To find scholarly sources, try starting in the third box (“Finding Articles”) on the following page: https://researchguides.uoregon.edu/getting-started/finding_articlesLinks to an external site.. To better understand how to find good sources on the internet, you could read the short article “Learning to Spot Fake News” (in the same module in Canvas).

How to cite your sources properly: You may use any citation style you like, just be consistent and clear. For common citation styles and further instructions, please consult this website: http://library.uoregon.edu/guides/citing/index.htmlLinks to an external site.. For straightforward instructions on how to avoid plagiarizing, go here: https://researchguides.uoregon.edu/citing-plagiarism/plagiarismLinks to an external site..

Basic Guidelines: double-spaced, 1” margins all around, font 12-point Calibri or Times New Roman, 600-700 words (about 3 pages; not counting bibliography and illustrations). Edit and proofread (and know the difference between editing and proofreading!)

Online Writing Lab: the UO offers an asynchronous service, meaning you will receive feedback after you send them your work. They also offer synchronous (live) tutoring, which you can access through their website. For more information: https://owl.uoregon.edu/Links to an external site.

Due: Sunday, August 22, before midnight. In Canvas, click on the “Place Case Study” Assignment, click on the blue “Submit Assignment” button in the upper-right corner, and follow instructions to upload your Word or PDF file.

Late Submissions: Late case studies will be penalized one-third of a letter grade (for example, B- to C+) per day, including weekends. Extensions will occur only under extraordinary circumstances that must be verified in writing and approved beforehand.

The rubric below is additive, from the right (least points) to the left (most points). In other words, to get an A, you must fulfill all the requirements for B, C, & D as well. An F grade indicates that none of the above requirements have been fulfilled.

Place Case Study Rubric


Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnalysis

50 pts

The case study offers insight into how understanding the present conditions or events in a place help us better understand larger patterns of globalization and development

45 pts

The globalization/development processes that set the stage for the present conditions/events in a place are clearly defined and analyzed

40 pts

The case study describes and analyzes the conditions or events of a place in terms of globalization and/or development

35 pts

The case study discusses the conditions or events of a particular place

28 pts

It is unclear what is being analyzed

0 pts

No case study submitted

50 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContext

25 pts

The case study offers insight into how the present conditions or events in a place fit into larger patterns of globalization and development

22.5 pts

The most relevant concepts from the readings and class lectures are used to explain the identified conditions or events in a place

20 pts

Some specific concepts from the readings or class lectures are mentioned

17.5 pts

The analysis is poorly contextualized in reference to class

15 pts

No reference to class context is made

0 pts

No case study submitted

25 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting

25 pts

Writing is fluid and to the point, making the arguments clearly and forcefully. The sources cited are comprehensive, evidencing a thorough research effort

22.5 pts

The writing is well-organized, with a clear structure. Sources are well-chosen, contributing to the argument

20 pts

Writing is readable but has errors, poorly organized. Meets basic requirements for sources

17.5 pts

Writing and argument are not clear, does not meet basic requirements for sources

15 pts

Errors overwhelm meaning

0 pts

No case study submitted

25 pts

Total Points: 100

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