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LEARNING TASK 1:
DUE DATE: Week 5 – (20 August 2014 by 11.59 pm. Submit this assignment online via Moodle (word files only/ no PDF).
WEIGHT 20%
LENGTH 1,500 words
TOPIC INDIVIDUAL NEWS ARTICLE ANALYSIS
You are expect to find a “current news article” of approximately 500 words related to current national/international issues that might include topics such as internationalisation/globalisation, political/economic challenges/changes, social/demographic/ethical issues. The article must be sufficient in length and scope to allow a detailed analysis. Your choice of article and the topics to be covered MUST be approved by your lecturer.
You are to write an “article analysis” that seeks to summarize, analyse, comment on and critique your selected article. Article analyses consider all angles of an article and ultimately determine the true nature and worth of the arguments outlined. Writing an article analysis is similar to writing other kinds of essays; the main difference is that the reviewer must use critical thinking skills to analyse an external article.
There is no “one right way” for undertaking an article analysis but you must be able to state your own opinion on the topic/material and the author’s comments and presented evidence. Depending on the article you choose, you may discuss the broader issues brought out in the article and/or your own opinion on the topic you have chosen.
The criteria for the assessment task are:
• Demonstrated full understanding of the article
• Linking the topics in the article to the conceptual and analytical models in the literature covered so far in class
• Substantive and well written argument to support any recommendations/conclusions

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