Final Essay Global Inequality
How unequal is the global society that we live in? What evidence existence that there are significant differences in the living standards and life chances of people in different countries? How do modernization and dependency theorists, and other scholars explain the causes of these inequalities?
Answer the questions by addressing all of the material we covered on this subject, including the readings (University of Minnesota and Scanlan). You must address all of these issues in order to get full credit for the essay. You must provide evidence in the form of data and citations from the course material to substantiate your points. Do not wander off into a discussion of your own personal opinions and experiences. You must not substitute an exploration of your own views for an engagement with the material we are studying. Students who do so will receive zero credit for this part of their essay.
You may not use anything other than the readings, activities, lectures, etc. covered in this course to write your essay. Do not go to About.com, Study.com, Wikipedia, or any other outside source to write your essay. Making use of non-class sources and/or plagiarism of any kind will result in a failing grade of zero and will be reported to the college.
Length and other expectations
Your essay should be 4-5 pages long. It must be clear, well-written, thorough, and thoughtful. You must use proper grammar and spelling.
You are required to use formal citations, APA, for this essay. You must indicate the sources from which you are getting the evidence, data, arguments, and quotes you use. To do so, simply put the author(s) last name, year of publication, and page number (if a direct quote) in parentheses at the end of the sentence—e.g. (Lorber, 200, p. 15). If you are drawing on an in-class lecture just put the last name and the date of the lecture—e.g. (Lecture Notes: name of lecture, Oct 16). You must also include a reference page that lists the sources that you used within the paper.
How you will be graded
- Spelling, grammar, and typos.
- Is the essay well-written from the standpoint of these criteria? Or does it contain many errors and/or appear rushed, sloppy, and slapdash?
- Clarity of writing.
- Is the essay well-written with clear and comprehensible sentences? Or is the writing awkward, unclear, and/or difficult to comprehend?
- Is the essay well-organized?
- Are the arguments and the information presented in a logical manner?
- Thoroughness and thoughtfulness.
- Do you address all of the issues included in the essay topic? Or have you failed to address in whole or in part one or more of them?
- Do you provide relevant evidence and citations to substantiate your points? Or are you making unsubstantiated claims?
- Do you correctly address the topic, demonstrating a solid grasp of the material? Note: If you’re writing is so unclear that I cannot understand what you’re saying and you cannot effectively communicate what you know, you will necessarily lose points for accuracy.
- Do you present evidence and arguments accurately? Or do you fail to correctly characterize the evidence you use and the positions of the authors you cite?
- Do you use the concepts correctly?
- Do you craft the essay in your own words, thereby indicating that you have or are trying to assimilate the material? Or do you just string together a series of statements drawn from class and/or the readings?