Did capitalism emerge in the city or the countryside? What ‘social property relations’ were necessary for the development of capitalism? Why did they develop in agrarian communities? How do these differ from pre-capitalist relations according to Wood? How did relations between ‘appropriators’ and ‘producers’ become so market-dependent?
2. ‘Is a wealthy nation a prosperous nation?’ What is the ‘division of labour’ and how did it
shape social relations both within and outside the factory? Use Heilbroner’s concept of
the ‘drive for capital’ and how it simultaneously produces ‘wealth’ and ‘misery’ to
analyze EITHER Dickens’ OR Sinclair’s insights into the nature of industrial life in the
late 19th and early 20th centuries.
3. Are democracy and the ‘free market’ allies or rivals? How does Phillips define ‘political
economy’ and how can it help us understand our ‘everyday life’? What does Waring
mean by the ‘ideology of postwar patriarchy’? What neoliberal arguments are made to
justify privatization, de-regulation and trade liberalization? Critically examine Waring’s
and Phillips’ critique of GDP as a response to these arguments.
4. Is capitalism distinct from slavery, or dependent on it? Why does Williams think Smith’s
argument is irrelevant to the New World context? Why were African slaves preferred
over indigenous (native) slaves and indentured (white European) servants? Compare
and contrast Williams’ analysis of the economic realities of staple crop production in
the New World with the colonial moral ideal of ‘bringing light (civilization) into
darkness (savagery)’ in Conrad’s work.
You must attach a completed Academic Integrity Checklist (see assignments folder)
to the back of your essay. Treat this as a contract. By checking off each box, you
acknowledge that you understand the principles of Academic Integrity. Make sure
you print your name, sign and date the form. The assignment is not considered
complete unless this document is attached. The standard late penalty of 2% a day
applies until you submit it. The late penalty also applies if you fail to upload your
essay to Turnitin. Plagiarized essays are subject to the standard departmental
penalty of 0% on the assignment and no opportunity to re-write. Please consult the
Senate Policy on Academic Honesty for more information.
Introduction to Business and Society 2018-19
Due: November 28 (through Turnitin on Moodle, and hard copy in lecture)
Length: 6-8 pages double spaced (1500-2000 words)
Late essays will be subject to a -2% penalty per day.
*[Students will be permitted to resubmit through Turnitin after correcting errors revealed
by the similarity report, subject to late penalty.]
Planning Your Essay: Getting Started, Exploring and Pulling it Together
The essay writing process involves several stages: formulating a working thesis, organizing
your notes and developing an essay plan. For help Getting Started see this SPARK module.
Once you have picked an essay topic and identified the course readings you will use, look
up the reading questions and ‘wikiwords’ in the course outline. Start Exploring by applying
the SQ4R reading method to ‘social scientific’ texts or the ‘levels of reading analysis’
(discussed in lecture) to the ‘creative’ texts. This will help you produce the notes that will
form the raw materials for your essay. Now that you have your notes and your essay plan,
start Pulling it Together. Review the assignment instructions and our expectations before
you start the writing process. Producing a draft at least a few days before the due date will
give you an opportunity to edit your work. The more effort you put into earlier stages of
the essay writing process, the easier it will be to write.
Pick one of the essay topics below. Make sure you discuss assignment expectations with
your TA in tutorial. DO NOT simply answer the questions in the order that they appear in
the topic. The order of presentation is something you need to think deeply about: you need
to think about what it is that you want to say and the order that it would be best to say it in
to show how well you understand the concepts, issues and arguments under consideration.
Papers should be double spaced, with 12 point font (such as Times New Roman, Arial or
Cambria) and one inch margins. Use paragraph format and provide a title page and a
bibliography. Each page of your essay (except the title page) must be numbered.
Your title page must include your name, student number, TAs name, and submission date.
You will need to find and use two secondary ACADEMIC sources for this essay (no
Wikipedia, dictionary.com, etc.). Include a properly formatted bibliography at the end of
your essay. Your essay must start with a comprehensive introduction which includes: i. The
position the author takes on the key question; ii. Your thesis; and iii. An explanation of how
your essay will be organized. Your essay must have a clear paragraph structure, each
starting with a clear topic sentence.
Prior to starting this essay, students should complete the following two ‘modules’.
*You are required to complete the SPARK module on Academic Integrity
*You are required to complete the SPARK module on Selecting Sources
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