the essay must be done as follows.
1) Outline and analyse one of the major areas of theoretical focus from the first part of the module, placing it within the context of wider frameworks and concepts that you have encountered during the module. (Approx 1,500 words)
2) Using case study and/or any other material which you feel is appropriate, provide a critical evaluation of the theories, concepts and perspectives in part 1 above. (Approx 1,500 words)
3) Reflect critically on how your own ideas about management and organisation, or the world beyond, have been influenced during this part of the module. (Approx 500 words)
This section is intended to help you in addressing the three separate elements of the essay.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO READ
1) Part one is inviting you to consider some of the theoretical perspectives presented during the module. It is not possible for you to present everything that has been discussed during the module, there is not enough space for you to do this – this is why the question asks you to choose a major area of theoretical focus. You need to find a balance between showing knowledge of some of the major debates and frameworks which inform the whole module, and finding your own ‘angle’ to focus on and specialise.
Areas where you could focus (and this is in no way an exhaustive list) could be: power; structure; Deleuze and Guattari; the body; creativity; resistance; chaos and complexity; metaphors of organisation; culture; ‘boxing-off’ rationality; the influence of science; order and disorder; Foucault; emergence; postmodernism; etc etc etc. Use the time in seminars to discuss areas where you might focus.
When writing and researching the essay, bear in mind that, whilst you are focussing on one area, it may be relevant to use perspectives from elsewhere in the module. You are not only being assessed on your ability to describe theories, but also to provide a critical analysis of them, and locate them within wider theoretical frameworks, and in this case comparison with other concepts and perspectives can prove fruitful. What I am also saying here is that if you choose, for example, power as your area of focus, don’t simply repeat the lecture on power.
2) Part two is asking you to find a case study or other material which can be used to illustrate and evaluate the theories and concepts that you outlined in part one. Case studies can be sourced from a number of areas – your workplace or work placement; from academic sources; from the press etc etc. A number of cases are used within the seminars – feel free to use these but also make sure that you undertake further research into them rather than relying on seminar handouts.
Instead of a case study, or in addition to it, you may wish to use other relevant materials in this section. Examples here might be novels, films, artworks etc. Equally, you may choose to address a general topic or issue, for example institutional racism; drug testing, the credit crunch and protest movements are used within the module to highlight certain theoretical issues. A topic that you choose should have a variety of material outside of the academic literature upon which you can draw. In the final two group seminars of the module you will be asked to bring along examples of the materials that you wish to use as the basis for a group discussion.
In using any of this material, it is important not to get carried away with description. Whilst some background and context will be needed, it is too easy to get carried away with descriptions of work events, synopses of novels and films and so on. Instead, the material in this section should always be used with the theories and concepts from part one in mind. How does this material highlight or bring to life some of the theoretical issues? How does it help to support certain arguments and criticise others? Instead of simple description, you should be looking to use the materials in this section as a means for analysing the theories and concepts of part one.
Another caution for this section is not to choose material because it is easily accessible. You may, for example, want to use your work placement or current workplace to which you have ready access. This is fine if there are definite issues that you can bring from it which are relevant to issues of management and organisation, but if not then you should think about looking elsewhere.
3) Part three of the module invites you to provide a short, critical self-reflection on the module. Whilst this will be the most personal part of the module, you should take care not to be too ‘chatty’ in your writing style and to still retain an analytical approach to the work. You should also make sure that this is personal reflection rather than simply module ‘feedback’ you will have to opportunity to provide this separately at the end of the module!
Everyone’s reflection will be different, but examples of the issues that you could address include: How have your views on management and organisation developed during the module? Has the module changed your own perceptions and ideas about your own workplace? Has the module altered your attitude to workplace issues? Has the module reinforced issues and perspectives from other modules that you have studied? Has it made you think again or change your opinion about any other modules that you have studied? Has the module changed or influenced the way that you think about issues outside of business and management studies? Have your own ways of learning and doing academic work changed as a result of the module? Did you agree or disagree with much of the material presented on the module? Do you feel any sense of personal development from the module?
1) In part 1, the essay identifies and outlines a set of relevant theories and concepts from the module, which are analysed critically, showing evidence of a relevant range and depth of reading and research.
2) In part 2, the essay describes a relevant case study and/or other materials which highlight and inform critically the theoretical and conceptual issues outlined in part 1, showing evidence of a relevant range and depth of reading and research.
3) In part 3, the essay engages in critical self-reflection on personal viewpoints and attitudes towards the subject matter of the module.
4) The essay is structured well, and written in a concise, coherent academic style. The essay should be presented in essay rather than report format.
5) Correct use of Harvard referencing is employed throughout the essay, and a bibliography presented using Harvard style.
6) The essay is well-presented, typed and proof-read for spelling and grammatical errors.
after you read this
1-could you please read the power point slide that i have attached that called essay guidance please read it carefully
2 read the word document that i have attached to get an over view of the requirements for this essay
3-after you have read both documents i have also attached the structure slide that i want you to do
to show more understanding of the subject in the essay i am required to to link it with other lectures that i studied
so feel free to ask me to uplode any file you need.
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