Article comparison-written assignment

Article comparison-written assignment     Order Description   Assessment 2: Type: Written assignment Due: 22nd April – 29th April, 2016 at 5.00 pm Weight: 30% Length: 1200 words  Task: The assignment will provide you with the opportunity to learn how to read and identify the key points of an article in a relatively short period of time.?You will also learn how to critically compare and contrast different articles on the same topic. The content will also familiarise you with social?policy, how it is developed and contested issues for policy makers. Content will be provided on how to undertake this task.?At 9.00 am on Friday, April 22nd, two articles will be released via a link on the Learning @ Griffith webpage. Both of the articles will discuss a?relevant policy topic. Once the articles are released, you will have 1 week to complete and submit the assignment. ?You will be required to undertake a “compare and contrast” exercise as a means of learning about different ways authors write about a topic relating?to policy. The aim is not for you to undertake a thorough critical analysis of the two articles but rather undertake a comparison in relation to content?and style. Format: Your 1200 word essay will have an introduction, outlining the aim of the essay and key points that will be discussed. The subsequent paragraphs,?which will become the body of your assignment, will articulate identified similarities and differences in relation to content and then identified?similarities and differences in relation to style. The essay will finish with a concluding paragraph.?Only the two articles will need to be referenced in APA 6 style. The following questions should guide your essay: • What similarities and/or differences are there in the topic and focus of the articles? • What similarities and/or differences are there in the main arguments of the articles? • What similarities and/or differences are there in the message they are sending to policy makers regarding policy development? • What similarities and/or differences are there in the style of writing being used? • What similarities and/or differences are there in the tone of the articles? (ie: is one author presenting as more “expert” than the other?) • What similarities and/or differences are there in the credibility of the articles?  Marking Criteria: Your assignment will be marked based on the following broad criteria: Students will be assessed on their ability to read, compare and contrast key points from two different articles based on the following criteria.  Criteria Marks Comprehension: ability to distinguish main points of each article 5 Content analysis: Clear analysis of any similarities and /or differences in topic and focus, main arguments, and policy messages in the two articles 9 Style: Clear analysis of any similarities and /or differences in writing style, tone of articles and credibility of articles 9 Well written, grammatically correct and appropriately formatted essay 5 Referencing and reference list (2 references in accordance with APA 6th style 2      The task requires you to: (Remember this is an essay and should not be written in first person). •Write an introduction – For example – “This essay will ……… •Identify key points of the two articles (no comparison required for this section) CONTENT ANALYSIS: •Compare and contrast (similarities and differences) the topic and the focus of the articles •Compare and contrast (similarities and differences) the main argument of the articles •Compare and contrast (similarities and differences) the policy message of the articles STYLE ANALYSIS: •Compare and contrast (similarities and differences) of the writing style and tone of the articles •Discuss why one article presents as more credible (trustworthy, reliable, valid, believable) than the other. Provide clear reasons for this and examples •Write a conclusion – For example – “In conclusion, this essay has considered…… •Ensure your two references are in accordance with APA 6 Referencing style   Do a table and set it up like this (comparing both articles)    Key Points: Article A Article B   Topic and focus and main argument Article A Article B Policy Message or message for Policy makers/lawmakers Article A /Article B Writing Style, tone of articles and credibility Article A/Article B  USE THIS FORMAT AS A GUIDE. You do not have to adhere rigidly with the suggested paragraph word count. Look at your table and consider your criteria: 1)Write an introduction clearly stating you are comparing and contrasting two articles, naming both articles (120 words approx) 2)In one paragraph write the key points of each article. This is the only section that you are not doing a comparison. You are simply stating the key points of each article (160 words approx). 3)Now look at your table and consider “Topic and Focus.” Write a paragraph comparing and contrasting the topic and focus of each article (160 words approx) 4)Now look at your table and consider “The main argument.” Write a paragraph comparing and contrasting the main argument of each article (160 words approx) 5)Now look at your table and consider “The policy message.” Write a paragraph comparing and contrasting the policy message or the message for policy makers (160 words approx) 6)Now look at your table and consider “The writing style” and “The tone.” Write a paragraph comparing and contrasting the writing styles and the tone of articles – ie; use of formal, academic language or casual and/or emotive language. You can include observations around formatting, use of tables etc. Does the paper appear to have an underpinning serious, authoritative, expert or a biased tone (160 words approx) 7)Now look at your table and consider “The credibility of the articles.” State clearly why one article presents as more credible than the other – ie; is it because it is peer reviewed? Is it to do with who the authors are? Etc.. Ensure you are presenting a strong argument here (160 words approx) 8)Write a concluding paragraph clearly stating what your essay has covered (120 words)  Article One: “It would be okay if they came through the proper channels: Community perceptions and attitudes towards asylum seekers in Australia by Fiona McKay, Samantha Thomas and Susan Kneebone https://jrs.oxfordjournals.org. libraryproxy.griffith.edu.au/ content/25/1/113.full.pdf+html   Article Two: ‘Very Loyal’ productive workers: The same people we fear as refugees by Andrea Carson https://theconversation.com/ very-loyal-productive-workers- the-same-people-we-fear-as- refugees-43401

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