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AWA: Academic Writing at Auckland

An Essay requires independent thinking and the development of an argument supported by clear and logical ideas (Nesi and Gardner, 2012, p. 91). The essay can be developed in different ways, including analysis, evaluation and synthesis of perspectives, theories and research, application of definitions, theories and frameworks to examples and vice versa, arguing against opposing views, explaining cause and effect, comparing and contrasting, classifying, and other ways of building and supporting a position.  3 types of essay are found in AWA: Analysis Essay, Argument Essay and Discussion Essay.

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"Art is corrupted by technology." Agree/Disagree
Essay arguing that the effects of technology on music are positive.
Anthropology Argument essay First year
'Love and Honor in the Himalayas': Ethnographic analysis
In her book Stranger and Friend: The Way of an Anthropologist, Hortense Powdermaker wrote that "The anthropologist is a human instrument studying other human beings". Consider this statement in the context of Love and Ho ...
Anthropology Analysis essay First year
1080: evidence surrounding New Zealand's most contentious poison
Use the scientific literature to evaluate the recent scientific evidence supporting and opposing the use of 1080 for conservation management. Use the PCE 2011 as a starting point.
Biological Sciences Argument essay Third year
90-day trial period policy
Choose a current social issue or event in ONE of the following areas: religion, families, work, consumption. Read the chapter on what sociology does and the sociological imagination, and the relevant chapter on your topi ...
Sociology Analysis essay First year
We All Pay Your Benefits as Ideological State Apparatus
Analyse a media product using a sociological perspective
Sociology Analysis essay Third year
A Great Leader's Burden: Balancing Reason and Passion
From the selection of essays and excerpts from works relevant to the historical moment in which the plays on our course are situated... traversing various contemporary social, political and cultural debates... Choose ONE ...
English Analysis essay Third year
A new kind of war: The Cold War
'The period after 1945 did not witness the creation of a meaningful peace, but instead the creation of a new kind of war: the Cold War.' Discuss.
History Argument essay First year
A third alternative to the 'Euthyphro Dilemma'
Proposes a modified Divine Command Theory in response to the 'Euthyphro Dilemma'.
Philosophy Argument essay First year
Adversity, Alberto, and Cerium
Write an essay analyzing ONE of the passages below the box (like forensic analysis...)
English Analysis essay Second year
Aka and MundurucĂș gender equality / inequality comparison
Write a 2500 word essay relating to gender equality and/or inequality through comparing two pre-industrial societies. Make sure your essay has a clear thesis statement.
Anthropology Analysis essay Third year
An Analysis One News and 3 News: The Framing of Christchurch
Compare coverage of a single politics-related issue or event between... 2 reports in same medium. Describe how the political issue or event is communicated in each case, reflecting critically on differences between the t ...
Politics Analysis essay First year
Analysis of cohesive elements
Select a text that you could use in teaching English as a second/foreign language. Analyse the text for elements making it cohesive and coherent. How and why might you use your analysis in teaching?
Language Teaching Analysis essay Honours year (postgraduate)
Analysis of Gucci Handbag Advertisement
1. Choose any cultural text (obvious examples include advertisements, book covers, CD cases, or magazine pages). Provide an analysis of your chosen text using theory that has been covered in the course. You may wish to c ...
Sociology Analysis essay First year
Arab Spring frameworks
Can we think of the Arab Spring movements in terms of ideas of power and obedience/disobedience? If so, why is this a useful framework? Explain, using a relevant theory and examples.
Politics Analysis essay First year
Are privately operated prisons desirable?
An argument against extending privatisation to incarceration.
Criminology Argument essay Second year
Arguments Against Homeopathy
Discuss the arguments against selling homeopathy in community pharmacies
Pharmacy Argument essay First year
Aristotle on property, government and Plato
Describe and discuss Aristotle's views on the relationship between private property and good government. How are these views related to his critique of Plato?
Politics Analysis essay First year
Art Crime: is there a Relationship between the Art Market and Art Theft?
Art crimes, particularly art theft, affect the art market in several ways. Examples of this are the continually thriving illicit art industries, the increase and decrease of the value of art and antiquities pertaining to ...
Art History Argument essay Second year
Associate geographies of production and consumption
Using sweatshops as an example, examine the associate geographies of production and consumption.
Geography Argument essay First year
Auckland street names
Drawing on the two readings and tutorial worksheet, discuss how Auckland street name patterns reflect the different stages of Auckland's expansion.
Geography Analysis essay First year
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