Fully referenced academic essay (2,000 words). Essay questions

ASP3002 International Security – Guide to Assessment Assess ment Assessment Tasks % Due date 1. Security Report (2-4 A4 pages) 20% Monday September 4th (week 7) 2. Portfolio of Tutorial Notes: Fully referenced academic essay (2,000 words). Essay questions will be available in the VU Collaborate space for this unit. 30% Tutorial 11 on Friday the 13th of October (Week 11) 3. Essay: Fully referenced academic essay (2,000 words). Essay questions will be available in the VU Collaborate space for this unit. 40% Wednesday the 25th of October (week 13 SWOTVAC) 1. Security Report (20%) This piece of assessment asks you to prepare a report between 2 and 4 A4 pages long on the strategic outlook of a country of your choice. To describe the “strategic outlook” of your chosen country, you must: i) Briefly introduce the country. You may wish to do so by discussing (briefly) its history, geography, political structure, economy, etc.); ii) Identify the key strategic challenges faced by that country (which may include clear and identifiable adversaries, strategic challenges, or global issues), and; iii) Identify the key mean/s available to that country in its efforts to respond to those issues. This section might detail the economic and military resources available to that country, but it should also include external relationships (such as alliances or memberships in intergovernmental organizations) that would be of relevance. Overall, your report should give the reader an initial understanding of the big picture strategic issues that are relevant to your chosen country. Importantly, the audience of your report is your fellow students. The purpose of your report is to help us build a broad knowledge of real-world security policies and practices. This piece of assessment is due on Monday the 4th of September and should be submitted via the VU Collaborate site for this unit. Assessment criteria Your result in this piece of assessment will depend upon whether or not you achieve the following: • understanding of your i) chosen country; ii) the strategic issues that are relevant to it, and; iii) the means available to that country – as evidenced through precise and concise summary of these points; • critical analysis as demonstrated by your ability to prioritise those issues and means that are most important to that country (ie. don’t just list every possible security issue and every possible means available); • thorough research of your country – as evidenced through references to relevant sources (ideally presented using the Harvard system); • professional presentation of your report – as evidenced by the quality of grammar, spelling, layout, and syntax. In particular, this report needs to be precise and concise. 2. Portfolio of tutorial notes and reflections (30%) This piece of assessment requires you to be professional in your approach to tutorials in this unit. By being professional, I mean: i) preparing thoroughly before tutorials; ii) engaging in discussions and completing tasks during tutorials, and; iii) reflecting on your experiences and ideas after tutorials. • Materials relating to any SIX tutorials; Materials should include: • Notes taken from readings in preparation for tutorials/lectures; • Notes taken during tutorials that evidence your engagement in discussions. In particular, there will be several tutorials in which you will have been asked to read only one of a number of relevant readings. In these weeks, it is important that you gather information on the additional readings from other students; • Evidence of your reflection on tutorials – your consideration of the relationships between tutorials and lectures, between tutorials and assessment, or between tutorials and your more general engagement with international politics and security. For this piece of work you will need to submit a portfolio of materials evidencing your professional engagement with tutorials. More precisely, you should submit your portfolio to your tutor in hardcopy in Tutorial 11 (which will be held on Friday October 13th). Assessment criteria Your result in this piece of assessment will depend upon whether or not you achieve the following: • Effort at preparation – as evidenced by the quantity and quality of notes on required readings; • Engagement with the content of tutorials – as evidenced by the quality of work completed during tutorials; • Extension beyond the content of tutorials and required readings – as evidenced by notes on your reflections on tutorial content and the relationship between that content and further reading and/or assessment tasks, and; • Organisation of materials. 3. Essay (50%) The major piece of assessment in this unit is an essay; your essay must be around 2,000 words long and it must be submitted on Wednesday the 25th of October (in SWOTVAC). Please answer one of the questions below: • What are the causes of war? • Is major conventional war still a threat? • Is the proliferation of nuclear weapons something to be feared or welcomed? • Has there been a revolution in military affairs (RMA) and does it matter? • Who should we expect to win “asymmetric wars” and why? • Should we support R2P or not? The form of your essay ought to be guided by the Guide to the Essay, which is available on VU Collaborate. That guide – which is my personal guide to essays – is consistent with the assessment criteria against which your Essay will be marked, and which are laid out below: Assessment criteria Your result in this piece of assessment will depend upon whether or not you achieve the following: Analysis: Have you advanced a clear and persuasive central argument that responds directly to the essay question, and deployed critical analysis in order to develop and support that argument? Organisation: Have you organized your essay so that it is clear and coherent and so that it supports your argument? Research: Have you identified and critically analysed materials relevant to each essay topic and employed those materials in the development and defence of your argument? Communication: Have you presented your essay professionally, referenced the assignment completely (ideally, using the Harvard system), and expressed yourself clearly, in a scholarly style and language?

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