How is the essay response which you have prepared for part i (“in this present era of globalisation, state sovereignty is dead.”)
For Part II of your assignment, respond to the following question:
How is the essay response which you have prepared for Part I (“In this present era of globalisation, state sovereignty is dead.”) of this assignment different to other forms of writing that you have read or engaged with on this topic?
Write a brief response (500 words) to the question above, reflecting on how you have developed your process of academic research and writing. While there is no strict method by which the response must be given, use all three of the following prompts for your response to the question above:
What are you comparing your essay response to? (newspaper or magazine articles, opinion pieces, books, TV interviews, social media posts, public debates, A-level or high school essays, professional or business reports, conversations with friends)
Drawing on what you learned in the studies, identify at least three (3) key differences between your academic essay and the other writing(s) you are comparing it to. These might include reference to citations, sources, use of feedback, or even biases which might have revealed themselves to you.
EITHER: Reflect on one or two major challenges you encountered when researching and writing your essay and how you addressed them. These can be about selecting and understanding the question, finding adequate resources and evidence to justify your thesis, formulating your thesis, understanding the difference between justification and support, or any other issue related to the academic nature of your research and writing.
OR: Consider in what ways (if any) the studies have made you think differently about what you read and how you read it (e.g. abstracts or full articles? Identifying thesis vs. justification vs. support in a document? Scanning a document for specific information or broad themes?) – or about the ways you organise your own thoughts on specific topics and debates?
Reflect critically and evaluate: demonstrate that you have the ability to reflect on your own learning practices, and evaluate the usefulness of those processes to the task at hand. The aim here is not to simply summarise the steps that were outlined for you on ARWS, but rather to consider your own methods (with examples) for researching, writing, editing and commenting on academic work.
While it does not need to follow the Thesis-Justification-Support structure you used for Part I, you can still organise your comments in Part II around main themes or claims that you wish to reflect on, following each of the prompts listed in 1-3 above.
There is no requirement to use sources for Part II of the assignment. However, if you do use or make reference to materials (either from the module or from external sources), you must include in-text citations and a reference list for this part of the assignment as well.
For more information, see the short video below which outlines the style and purpose of good reflective writing in the context of your own learning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoI67VeE3ds