Globalisation: Academic writing exercise
This exercise gives you the opportunity to develop and then demonstrate your ability to:
1. Demonstrate your understanding of the question.
2. Research the topic using various appropriate academic sources.
3. Demonstrate that you can analyse and evaluate (rather than simply describe).
4. Write clearly, in a logical and coherent way.
5. Reference the sources you have used.
Answer both of the following two questions:
a. Critically evaluate the impact of globalisation on contemporary work over the past twenty years. Justify your answer with support from your reading and experience.
b. Evaluate the extent to which the effects of globalisation on working lives have been positive or negative. Illustrate your answer with examples and support from your reading.
• • You will need to research (i.e. read widely) to support your answer.
• • Draw upon your own experience to support key arguments.
• • Word limit: 500 words per answer (1000 word total), excluding reference list.
• • You can structure your answers either in an essay style or report style (i.e. with headings).
• • As you only have 500 words per answer, introductions and conclusions should be kept brief.
This exercise is to help you develop your research, thinking and writing skills as well as to allow you to showcase them. The topics covered in the Academic Writing workshops are all being covered in this exercise. Once you have planned out your answer, it is worth thinking, ‘If I were marking this, how would I grade it against the marking criteria?’ That may point you to where you need to make adjustments. Then do that again when you have finished writing.
Writing a post-graduate paper is a new experience for most people and it takes a while to develop the necessary skills. Try hard to get your first attempt to pass, but please do not panic if it does not – this is a learning experience in a safe and supportive environment.
Dicken, P. (2015) Global shift: mapping the changing contours of the world economy. 7th ed. London: Sage.
Kew, J. & Stredwick, J. (2010) Human Resource Management in a Business Context. Third Edition. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Taylor S. & Perkins, G. (2021) Work and Employment in a Changing Business Environment., Kogan Page: London.
Weatherly, P. & Otter, D. (2018) The Business Environment: Themes and Issues in a Globalizing World. Fourth Edition. Oxford University Press: Oxford.
Worthington, I., Britton, C. and Thompson, E. (2018) The business environment: a global perspective. 8th ed. Harlow: Pearson Education.
CIPD podcast on globalisation and HR: https://soundcloud.com/cipd/podcast-13-globalisation-and-hr
Watch YouTube clip on the impact of the pandemic on globalisation: https://youtu.be/WVvziN_g-bw
Watch this BBC TV programme: Andrew Marr discusses globalisation: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000hv9c
Marking Criteria FAIL
Fails to address the question either sufficiently fully or directly.
An adequate attempt to address all question fully and directly.
A good attempt to address the question relatively well and directly.
An excellent attempt to address the question very well and directly.
Critical Analysis: Depth & breadth of understanding (20%)
Inadequate knowledge and understanding. Limited breadth and depth of analysis, inadequate critical skills; shallow and superficial.
Adequate knowledge and understanding. Satisfactory breadth and depth of analysis.
Full and solid knowledge and understanding across. Good breadth and depth of analysis.
Very full knowledge and understanding. Excellent breadth and depth of critical analysis; sustained, thorough questioning informed by theory.
Research: Academic underpinning and wider reading (20%)
Limited original research and/or appropriate wider reading for the assignment. Limited or no referencing. Purely descriiptive; very limited discussion.
Evidence of sufficient research and appropriate wider reading for the assignment. Satisfactory in-text referencing.
Evidence of significant research and thoughtful, appropriate wider reading for the assignment. A good standard of in-text referencing.
Evidence of considerable research and excellent, appropriate wider reading for the assignment. Able to synthesise a range of views and information and integrate references. An excellent standard of in-text referencing
Argument: Persuasiveness & originality (20%)
Limited development of persuasive and original arguments. Inadequate use of examples. Poorly structured, little logic; may have unsubstantiated conclusions based on generalisation.
An adequate attempt to develop original arguments and to justify these persuasively. Includes appropriate examples, logical progression; adequate attempt made to argue logically with supporting evidence
Some strong original arguments are presented which are mainly justified persuasively. Good use of examples and logical and supported structure.
Mostly strong original arguments are presented and justified very persuasively. Excellent use of examples and organisation of ideas; clear, coherent structure and logical, cogent development of argument.
Presentation & language (10%)
An inadequate standard of presentation or language. The assignment is poorly written and/or poorly structured. It is not at the level required for management presentation.
A solid standard of presentation and use of language. The structure and ideas are satisfactory for management presentation.
A strong and professional standard of presentation and use of language. The structure and ideas are well crafted for management presentation.
An outstanding standard of presentation and use of language. The structure and ideas are very well crafted for management presentation.
Referencing inaccurate or absent
Sources acknowledged and referencing mostly accurate
Sources acknowledged and accurately presented
All sources acknowledged and meticulously presented
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