You have been provided with an article which examines current international issues and offers an analysis of what is happening and applies a theory. Your task is to offer a critical review of the article. This is to be written in your own words. There is no need for any additional research for this paper. All you need for resources is your textbook, and your notes As this is a report style assignment (not an essay), there is no need for an introduction or conclusion. You can use subheadings. Writing skills – grammar and spelling etc– remain important.

 

 

Take Home Exam  (1000 words) – Critical Review of one article

 

You have been provided with an article which examines current international issues and offers an analysis of what is happening and applies a theory. Your task is to offer a critical review of the article.

 

  • This is to be written in your own words.
  • There is no need for any additional research for this paper. All you need for resources is your textbook, and your notes
  • As this is a report style assignment (not an essay), there is no need for an introduction or conclusion. You can use subheadings. Writing skills – grammar and spelling etc– remain important.

 

 

Summary of argument in article (Application of theory and case) – 300 words

 

You need to write a clear statement of the issue or problem addressed in the article and an explanation of what it has given rise to.

 

Break the article into the following three sub-headings:

 

  • What is the problem?
  • What are the main points (offer two or three key points in the paper)?
  • Which theory is used and how was it applied?
  • Note – It is ok if this section has a descriptive element.

 

 

Strengths and weaknesses of article (your analysis) – 600 words

 

In this section you need to offer a critical approach to the key points discussed in the article. Here are some points to consider (ok to use sub-headings) to assist with your analysis.

 

  • How valid is the author’s main argument/s?
  • Did the author offer sufficient evidence?
  • Was the theory explained and used effectively?
  • Were you persuaded by the article?
  • Reflect on what we have discussed during the semester:
  • Connect theory raised in article to discussions in class
  • Draw on relevant points/examples from the textbook and notes that could be linked to the key points in the article.  A good example is the level of analysis (Individual/state/international system) approach used throughout the book.

 

 

 

Recommendations – 100 words

 

Based on your summary and critique you need to offer a recommendation about the article:

 

 

  • Was the use of theory accessible? What did you gain from reading the paper?
  • Would you recommend the article to a fellow student in Introduction to International Relations?

 

 

 

Prescribed Textbook

Introduction to International Relations: Enduring Questions and Contemporary Perspectives Joseph Greico, G.John Ikenberry and Michael Mastanduno (eds), Palgrave, 2015.

 

 Reference

You have to reference the article and the book.

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