Assessment Essay Questions

ASSIGNMENT 1 (1,000 words)
Due date: Thursday 28 March 2013 before 5pm


Select TWO events from the list below. Briefly explain what happened and then assess the wider significance of this event, as if you were writing a succinct encyclopaedia entry. It is not enough to simply explain why this event is important within one country??™s history. Rather, you need to explore the wider regional and/or global significance.

??? United Nations formed (1945)
??? Tribal militias from Pakistan invade Kashmir (1947)
??? Promulgation of new constitution in Japan (1947)
??? Founding of the state of Israel (1948)
??? People??™s Republic of China formed (1949)
??? UN forces cross the 38th parallel in Korea (1950)
??? Stalin dies (1953)
??? Suez Crisis (1956)
??? Great Leap Forward (1958)
??? Gulf of Tonkin Incident (1964)
??? 1973 Oil Crisis
??? Fall of Saigon (1975)
??? Deng Xiaoping comes to power (1978)
??? The Iranian Revolution (1979)
??? Soviet Union invades Afghanistan (1979)
??? Berlin Wall opened (1989)
??? Tiananmen Square protests (1989)
??? Nikkei (Japan??™s stock market index) begins to plummet (1990)

Although this is a short assignment (500 words for each event = 1,000 words) it does require research. It is not enough simply to rely on the unit reader and the textbook. You MAY NOT use the textbook! You can make use of one unit guide reading and one Internet website. You should make use of a variety of academic books, journal articles or newspaper reports, to understand the wider importance of the event in question. You should use 6 sources in total.

All sources that inform your ideas need to be correctly referenced. You should include a bibliography at the end of your assignment (not included in the final word count).

The rubric and criteria according to which the assignment will be marked, can be found in your unit guide, pages 9-10.

In accordance with the Monash Plagiarism Policy, which can be found at, you are required to submit your assignment to the Turnitin anti-plagiarism software, which can be found at The deadline for the submission of assignments also apply to uploading the assignment on Turnitin. The Turnitin software is Internet-based, which means that you don??™t need to be on campus to use it ??“ it can be accessed through any computer with Internet connection. You will be registered on the website by your lecturer and will receive an e-mail with your login details.

In accordance with the Monash plagiarism policy, the following penalties will apply when evidence of plagiarism is detected:

??? All essays with evidence of more than 25% plagiarism will be given 0% and the student will receive a warning letter. If it is found to be a repeat offense, the student will be called before a disciplinary committee, who has the power to expel the student.

??? As a general rule, -2% will be deducted for every line containing plagiarism, for essays with less than 30% total plagiarism. However, each instance of plagiarism will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. This means that the lecturer may decide to refer essays containing instances of plagiarism to a disciplinary committee.
??? Resubmissions of essays containing instances of plagiarism will not be allowed.

Details from Unit Guide

Assignment 1

Title: Encyclopaedia entry for 20th century event

Due Date: Thursday 28th March, 2013, 4pm

Details of task: Students must write encyclopaedia entries of 500 words each for two events chosen from a list to be circulated on Moodle. Students will need to briefly explain what happened and then analyse the broader significance of the event in terms of its regional and/or global significance.

Release dates (where applicable): Week 5

Word limit: 1,000 words

Value: 15%

Presentation requirements: Your assignment must be presented in 12-point font and 1.5 or double-spaced. It will require footnotes or in-text citations and a bibliography. For details on referencing conventions consult the Library??™s online referencing tutorial: Please attach a completed and signed essay cover sheet to your assignment.

Estimated return date: 2-3 weeks from the date of submission

Criteria for Marking: The appropriate box next to each criterion in the rubric below will be highlighted and a mark awarded accordingly.