Due: Monday June 6th 5pm.
Marked out of 100
Length: 800 words (+10%, excluding your reference list)
Late submissions will receive a 10% penalty per day unless an extension has been approved.
Feedback on the assignment will be provided within two weeks of the date of submission.
What will I achieve by completing this assessment?
This assessment task will help you achieve the following intended learning outcomes:
SILO1: demonstrate an understanding of the breadth of science and the local and global contexts in which science is practiced
SILO2: articulate the methods of science and explain why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry
SILO3: Explain the principles and practices underpinning modern scientific research
SILO4: critically evaluate the role of science in addressing social and environmental issues
SILO5: assess scientific research with reference to ethical and cultural considerations
SILO7: demonstrate scientific thinking and scientific literacy
SILO9: effectively communicate the scientific issues pertinent to climate change and sustainability to a variety of audiences.
This assignment will ask students to demonstrate the skills of:
Ability to comprehend and respectfully communicate current debates in science
Ability to present scientific information to a range of audiences
Understanding of ethical considerations in scientific research
Comprehend the important role that scientific research occupies in the world
This is your final assessment task for this introductory Science Discovery subject. It seeks to build your scientific literacy and provide exposure to interdisciplinary research.
In this task, you will select one of the social science articles on climate activism and young people from the list below to evaluate. In any evaluation, you must make an argument supported by evidence. As evidence, you are encouraged to draw upon material from the article, and also to make comparisons with the readings from this and any other relevant subjects.
In the guide below we suggest a structure and some guiding questions to assist you with the assignment. In addition, each article is accompanied by framing questions which we hope may assist you to form your argument.
Remember, your assignment will be graded against the criteria provided below in the rubric.
Please also remember that this is an individual task. You may discuss your approach and ideas with others who have chosen the same article, but you must not co-write or copy each other’s work. Opportunities will be provided during the tutorial sessions to discuss this task as a group.
Articles from which to choose please choose ONE (you can read all of them, but your essay should only refer to one):
Barnes, B. R. (2021). Reimagining African Women Youth Climate Activism: The Case of Vanessa Nakate. Sustainability, 13(23), 13214.
Framing questions for Barnes article: What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of the authors’ approach to building up an account of Vanessa Nakate’s work? Why might it have been important to interview Vanessa directly?
Bergmann, Z., & Ossewaarde, R. (2020). Youth climate activists meet environmental governance: ageist depictions of the FFF movement and Greta Thunberg in German newspaper coverage. Journal of multicultural discourses, 15(3), 267-290.
Framing questions for Bergmann and Ossewaarde article: To what extent do you think that the argument of this paper might be applicable in other contexts outside Germany? What opportunities and risks are associated with comparing processes occurring in one country/region with those occurring in another country/region?
Hartley, J. M., Higgins, K. M., Peterson, M. N., Stevenson, K. T., & Jackson, M. W. (2021). Perspective From a Youth Environmental Activist: Why Adults Will Listen to Youth in Politics. Frontiers in Political Science, 3, 61.
Framing questions for Hartley et al. paper: How convincing do you find this article’s main argument that older people listen to young people’s views? What other evidence might be required to strengthen this argument?
Grading and feedback
Submit your evaluation on the Assignments page in a pdf format.
Please name your file using the following format: YYYY-MM-DD-YourName-eval-Article-citation (e.g., 2021-10-01-Hartleyet-al-2020).
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The grading rubric below outlines the criteria for assessing this assignment.
Structure for the essay
Your essay should not include subsections.
Try in an introductory paragraph (e.g., 100 words) to concisely summarise the argument of the paper that you are evaluating.
In the next few paragraphs of the essay (the main body of the essay – roughly 600 words) consider the article’s methods and arguments:
What question or puzzle was the author(s) investigating?
What methods have they used?
What data or evidence did this generate?
How have they analysed that data?
What is the main argument of the paper?
Do you find that argument convincing – why or why not (refer back to data and methods, consider whether the argument is logical)?
Do you think the article has the potential to address social and environmental issues (and why or why not?)
Have ethical and cultural considerations been discussed in the article? Why or why not, do you think?
In a concluding paragraph (roughly 100 words), summarise your position on the article, drawing on the strengths and weaknesses you identified in the body of your evaluation. Do not introduce any new ideas here, rather, reflect on the benefits of the research within the article for understanding climate activism and youth agency/futures.
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