Boyd, S. 2011. ‘Pleasure and pain: Representations of illegal drug consumption, addiction and trafficking in music, film and video’ in Fraser and Moore (eds), 2011. The Drug Effect: Health, Crime and Society. Melbourne: Cambridge U Press.
In no more than 1200 words* (including in-text citations and footnotes, but NOT including reference list) write a critical essay providing an analysis of a case study on drugs.
Using the essay outline, write your argument (body) and conclusion in full.
Find and use a minimum of two external, peer reviewed sources.
How to write an anthropology essay:
In anthropology, you are expected to read widely and critically. You will soon discover that much of anthropology consists of argument about how social facts are to be interpreted. Our understanding often advances through a variety of contrary viewpoints and emphases. As in related disciplines such as sociology, political science and philosophy, there is an internal tension generated by the opposition of arguments that gives anthropology much of its vitality and interest. Anthropology is not so much a unified body of knowledge as it is a dialectical, ongoing production. Your essay should be an extension of this dialogue, one that is balanced, well thought out, and reasonable.
Few issues in anthropology have been resolved. You won’t find many generally accepted ‘answers’, and there are no single authorities who can tell you all you need to know. This means that we expect your essays to demonstrate not just factual knowledge but also some ability to present and critically evaluate arguments and counter-arguments about particular problems. A great anthropology essay doesn’t just summarise key theoretical arguments, it puts theorists in dialogue with each other, finding points of agreement and difference, and evaluates those differences
Anthropology uses the Harvard style of referencing.
Criteria to be satisfied:
Shows evidence of initiative. The student will usually show they have a range of options at their disposal: there are several ways they can interpret the question, research the topic and organise their argument; and they are aware of the specificity of the methodology available. In other words, they will show an understanding of the approaches modelled in lectures and readings, and the ability to go beyond them. Within the choices they have made, they have presented a strong, considered, if not absolutely water-tight argument.