ASSESSMENT 2 – RESEARCH ESSAY Due time 12 hours. Length: 1500 words – this does not include references. Do not submit a plan or abstract. Objective: To conduct research on ethics and governance issues in national, regional and global arenas
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ASSESSMENT 2 – RESEARCH ESSAY
Due time 12 hours.
Length: 1500 words – this does not include references. Do not submit a plan or abstract.
Objective: To conduct research on ethics and governance issues in national, regional and global
TASK : HATE CRIMES/VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANSGENDER PEOPLE IN THE
“Members of Fiji’s LGBTI community believe the brutal murder of a young transgender woman in
July 2018 is a hate crime. Local media reports said the body of Akuila Salavuki was found lying
in a pool of blood on the Suva foreshore in May and that she had died from massive head injuries
after a blunt force trauma. It is the second suspected hate crime murder since September when a
gay student was found dead north of the city. Ms Salavuki was found dead on International Day
Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphopia.” Source
With reference to the news item above and other research material, write an essay that presents
THREE arguments AGAINST hate crimes and acts of violence against transgender people in the
Pacific. Relate your arguments to THREE ETHICAL PRINCIPLES from any theory/theories of
your choice. Suggest TWO ways to tackle this human rights violation in our region using TWO
approaches of governance. Your essay should include examples from the region with in-text
references as well as definitions of the theories/principles referred to in the essay.
RESEARCH ESSAY FORMAT/CHECKLIST
1. INTRODUCTION: EMBARK, CLARIFY
Have you selected topics?
Have you defined/unpacked the keywords/theories?
Have you stated the essay’s aims or purpose?
2. BODY: ANALYSE AND SYNTHESISE
Have you addressed all the parts of the question?
Have you presented original arguments using your own words?
Is there evidence of analysis/synthesis using ethical theories?
Is your personal stance clear in the essay?
Do you cite regional or global examples (as per the essay question)?
3. CONCLUSION: CRITICALLY EVALUATE INFORMATION
Have you summarised the main arguments in the conclusion?
Have you restated and stressed your own view in the conclusion?
4. RESEARCH AND REFERENCES: FIND, GENERATE, ORGANISE AND MANAGE
Have you conducted extensive research on the topic in the library?
Have you conducted extensive research on the topic using online sources?
Have you cited 10 credible in-text references within the essay? (Not Wikipedia)
Have you listed 10 references in the bibliography (3 online, 7 book/journal)?
Do the in-text citations and the bibliography match?
Is the Harvard System used to prepare the bibliography and in-text references?
5. ACADEMIC STYLE: ORGANISE, MANAGE, COMMUNICATE AND APPLY
Is your essay coherently structured? (Do the arguments flow well?)
Have you used a formal/academic writing style?
Is your essay free of spelling and grammatical errors? Have you proof-read it?
6. OTHER GENERAL GUIDELINES THAT YOU NEED TO FOLLOW TO AVOID LOSING MARKS:
Is your essay 1,500 words in length? Marks will be deducted for essays 10% above/below the limit.
Is the essay submitted on time? A penalty of 10% will be deducted for each day the essay is late.
Have you submitted a draft of your essay using turn-it-in correctly?
Are all sources correctly referenced within the essay?
Is the Similarity Index below 20% (after you exclude quotes)?
Have you shown your essay to another student or copied another student’s essay? This is called
collusion (see USP Handbook and Calendar). If two or more essays are similar, both students will be awarded 0.
Is your essay uploaded on Moodle using MSWord format? PDF copies will not be marked.
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