1. Topic for following examples to address the stated proposition:
The Second World War and the German Invasion of Norway.
2. Make clear what understanding of social progress; of economic progress; and of moral progress are you handling in providing an answer to the posed questions.
3. You should relate and support your propositions, thesis, and arguments to/on the bibliography chosen.
4. Make use of arguments and counterarguments to sustain your thesis and views.
5. Integration: Ability to combine a multiplicity of concepts, notions and propositions in the formulation of your arguments and counterarguments shall be highly valued.
2. Extent: Between 2000 and 2.350 words. Words exceeding this extent shall not be considered for assessing the Essay.
3. Assessment Criteria: Essays will be assessed according to five criteria a) Structure and Style: 1,5/10 b) Content and Analysis: 2,5/10 c) Originality: 1/10 d) Accuracy: 2,5/10 e) Insight: 2,5/10 4. Further Explanation of Assessment Criteria : 4.1. Structure and Style: (1, 5/10) Papers should begin with an introduction containing a brief account of
(i) the broad theme that will be addressed;
(ii) your central thesis;
(iii) an enunciation of the counterarguments that you will discuss. The introduction should be followed by the body of the essay, comprising both the explanation and argumentation of your thesis, and the discussion of the counterarguments in a series of well-structured paragraphs. Each paragraph should have a topic sentence, and 3 to 5 sentences that clearly support that topic sentence, and should have a clear connection to the next paragraph. The paper should end with a strong conclusion that, as the word “conclusion” denotes, clearly follows from the arguments and counterarguments deployed in the previous paragraphs.
The conclusion should never incorporate new ideas, arguments or data. Clarity comes from knowing what one means and saying it plainly. Papers should always be revised before being handled, to correct grammar and spelling mistakes, remove wordiness and redundancy. 4.2. Content and Analysis: (2,5/10) Content and analysis cover three features: a) An authentic, clear and insightful explanation of the most relevant thesis you want to defend. Explanation should refer both to the explicit and implicit or entailed meaning of your thesis (0, 5). b) A strong and convincing argumentation of your thesis (1). c) An identification and discussion of the main counterarguments to your central thesis
(1). Each paragraph should advance the central argument, what does neither necessarily nor even frequently equate to deploying as many arguments and counterarguments as possible. Rather, explanation and criticism should focus only on those counter-arguments that are truly capable of illuminating, sustaining and advancing the central argument. 4.3. Originaliy (1/10) Although a good grade (7-8) might be obtained for a paper based on arguments presented in lectures or readings, outstanding (9-10) papers must offer more original insights and arguments. Originality bursts from thinking by oneself the questions that are posed in the program and discussed in lectures. 4.4. Accuracy (2, 5/10) Accuracy can be defined as “the reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content”. Accuracy has the following four main aspects:
(i) Document accuracy –proper coverage in appropriate detail,
(ii) Stylistic accuracy –careful use of language to express meaning,
(iii) Technical accuracy –grounded in understanding of the subject, and
(iv) Reference accuracy –exactness and correctness in connection with referencing. Correct referencing is vital for reasons of clarity as well as for reasons of academic integrity. Misrepresentation of identifying features, such as the book or journal title, volume or page number of an article or a text, will obviously make the source difficult to find for readers. 4.5. Insight (2,5/10) Insight can be defined as the “act or result of apprehending the inner nature of things or of seeing intuitively”.
In reference to writing an Essay insight has to do with (i) the ability to impress a persona seal on the subject that has been discussed and (ii) with the quality of the contribution made on the subject matter. Insight is particularly connected with the capacity to reach relevant conclusions throughout the Essay but especially in a final, summative conclusion at the end. 4.4. Superior Paper (9-10) Structure and Style: The thesis is clear, insightful, original, sophisticated, even exciting.
All ideas in the paper flow logically; the central argument is identifiable, reasonable, and sound. Paragraphs have solid topic sentences, and each sentence clearly relates to that topic sentence. The conclusion is persuasive. Sentences´ structure, grammar, spelling, and citations are excellent. Content and Analysis: Every point is supported with at least one example from the primary sources. Quoted material is well integrated into sentences and paragraphs. Explanation is clear, truthful, and goes to the point. Criticism is insightful. Originality: Arguments show a great deal of independent insight and originality. Accuracy:
The truthfulness and the consistency of the Essay rely not only on the validity of the facts it communicate but also on the high quality of the selection, critical evaluation, organization, and presentation and expression of these facts. Insight: The Essay is not limited to present facts and to remind dates and events. It shows originality and a personal seal, what makes the Essay suggesting and interesting for the reader.