Large-scale systems and infrastructures and empire building

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Large-scale systems and infrastructures and empire building

Paper instructions:
Each student will prepare an 8 to 10 page, typewritten, double-spaced research paper on one of the essays topics listed below – the same topic in which the intro and thesis statement assignment and annotated bibliography were prepared and submitted. Students will need to consult at least 6 secondary sources for this assignment in addition to material you may use from the Menzies and Franklin texts. Each of the following essay topics is taken directly from the material discussed in one or more of the chapters in the Menzies text. The first place to look for research material to complete your essay, therefore, would be in the “Commentary on Supplementary Reading” and “Sources and Further Reading” sections, which can be found in the conclusion to each chapter in Canada in the Global Village. These sources can be found in the Library and at most local public libraries.
Essay Topics:
1) 1. What is the connection between large-scale systems and infrastructures and empire building? Discuss with specific reference to aspects of Canadian economic development.

2) 2. How is the native approach to technology different from the modern European-based approach?

3) 3. What impact has technological restructuring had on employment and work? Discuss with specific reference to the organization and control of work since the days of craft production.

4) 4. What were the critical factors that influenced the rise of modern mass print media? What other choice paths were there?
5. How did the National Policy serve business interests in the late 19th century and how did free trade serve business interests in the 20th century?
The following criteria will be used to evaluate the content of your essays:
i. Comprehension:
· comprehension of course content, especially the ability to define and apply course concepts and theories
· comprehension of sources used
· factual accuracy of historical events
ii. Analytical Content:
· clear argumentation i.e. thesis
· interpretation and analysis, rather than mere description
· development of argument in the paper i.e. there is sufficient explanation of the topic in the paper; the argument is supported with evidence and concrete examples
· ability to discuss the broader implications of the argument
iii. Depth of Argument:
· goes beyond superficial or common-sense understandings
· goes beyond what was discussed in class
iv. Sources Used:
· research and analysis relies on academic books and peer-reviewed journal articles
· analysis does not use sources of questionable or indeterminate authority i.e. Wikipedia, random websites
· analysis does not use popular sources i.e. dictionaries or encyclopedias to define complex conceptual terms or historical events
v. Presentation:
· spelling, grammar, punctuation, notes and bibliography, font and margins
Before submitting your assignment to the course CLEW site, please ensure to:
1. proof read and edit your work
2. ensure your name is on both the paper and the file
3. label your file with your name in the following way: Smith_John_Essay
4. if using a program other than MS Word, convert your file to doc or docx format
5. save a copy of your assignment on your computer
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