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Q. For this assignment you are required to write an essay that contains a valid argument based on the literature:
• Provide an introduction that explains the purpose of the essay and how the argument(s) will be organized.
• A common mistake is to provide a review of the literature and not include an argument.
• End the essay with a strong conclusion that summarizes the arguments presented in the body of the essay. Make sure you take a stand and not just sit on the fence by saying more research is needed before a conclusion can be reached.
• It is important to remember that the purpose of an introduction is to broadly introduce the area of interest and then provide a road map for the reader. In contrast, the purpose of the conclusion is to summarize the main points and provide direction for how to proceed in the future.
• You should write in complete sentences (i.e. do not use dot points). However, if you think a summary will enhance the contents of your essay you can insert the information usually included in dot point form in a Table.
• If you choose to insert a Table or Figure into your essay you will need to make sure the Table or Figure adheres to APA style.
• The writing style in an essay is more formal than verbal speech. Make sure you do not write as you would speak.
• The essay must be written in the third person. Please note: the word “I” is not used when writing in the third person.
• Paraphrase information. For this essay quotes should only be used if the information cannot be written any other way.
• Write your essay from the position of an expert. This means not starting a sentence with a reference and instead places the reference at the end of the sentence in brackets. A reference supports what you are saying, it should not be the main feature of a sentence. For example: “Higgs (2012) states that communication is very important to client safety” can be written as: “Communication is very important to client safety (Higgs, 2012).”
• Make sure you reference your work. Every statement of fact needs an in-text reference and as a general rule every paragraph in an essay should have at least one in-text reference.
• Pay attention to how you structure your sentences and paragraphs. A sentence contains one piece of information. Alternatively, a paragraph contains more than one sentence but deals with only one topic. Do not try to put too little or too much information into a paragraph because doing this is confusing for the reader.
• Pay attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation.
• Make sure you run the spell checker over you essay and then give it a last proof read before formally submitting for assessment.
You must use the APA referencing system.
Q. PhotoVoice is a research methodology commonly used with disadvantaged groups as a way to examine their interactions with, and perceptions of, the world. Photos become the visual image through which a story can be told.
In the first week, Chris Abani spoke about human rights in terms of dignity and what happens when it is oppressed – when basic freedoms are denied.
Choose a population group or an issue related to human rights and social justice where you believe dignity has been oppressed and freedoms have been denied. Using 3-5 photos (please do not include anyone’s face), construct a narrative that you believe represents the current situation with this population group or issue and how a human rights-based practice within your discipline can advocate and empower people in such situations. For example, a photo of bars could represent imprisonment; a photo of two different hands together could represent the freedom to talk to an advocate. Use peer-reviewed articles and scholarly books, as well as media pieces, to justify and strengthen your arguments.
You won’t be marked on your photographic skills but you will be marked on the strength of your arguments and narrative.
Your assignment will be marked out of 50 marks:
• Academic writing – 5 marks
• Concepts (Content and issues) – 20 marks
• Analysis and Critique – 25 marks