Final Paper titles for G130 Global Economy and Development – Fall 2017, Assignment help
For your final paper you need to answer ONE of the following questions. Your paper should not exceed
2,500 words – with 10% flexibility. The expectation is that you will use the Reader as well other
recommended books as background reading. It is also recommend that you use a minimum of 6
sources, including at least two sources from your own research on the topic chosen. For your
background research use books and/or Journal articles only. Avoid using highly unreliable Internet
sources such as Wikipedia or other unattributed sources.
Choose ONE of the following:
1. Pick a country of your choice (preferably from the developing world) and critically assess its
economic and human development record since the 1980s, paying specific attention to its
economic and social achievements, its chosen trade and investment strategies and progress
on gender and income equalities.
[You are expected to demonstrate knowledge of different development indicators to assess
economic and social progress. Then an attempt needs to be made to relate the impacts of
different development policies on them. The words critically assess are important and you will
be expected to consider both achievements as well as failures before forming a judgement]
2. Given that some critics of transnational corporations (through their FDI and GVCs) point to
the many negative impacts they can have on developing countries, do you think
governments of the developing world should stop attracting transnational investments into
[This question is asking you to identify, explain and evaluate the actual or potential costs AND
benefits associated with ways transnationals operate in developing countries. To gain a high
grade you will need to use appropriate examples and arguments which are supported with
appropriate evidence/examples and then come to a reasoned judgement on the latter part of
3. The global trading system has been in a state of flux since the collapse of the Doha Round
of trade talks. Write a critical commentary on how you think the global trading system is
evolving and whether it is likely to emerge as a fair system which helps the global economy
[The first part of the question is a statement and you need to unpick it. You will explain your
understanding of the structure of the global trading system and its different components and
then go on to briefly explain in what sense can Doha Round be considered a failure and why.
The second part asks you to consider recent trends in global trade and what they tell us about
the evolving system. The last part of the question asks you to make a judgement about
whether the current system or the way it may evolve in the next decade is likely to be “fair”
to all countries who participate in it. You may want to use example to support your judgement]
**Final paper will need to be uploaded onto the G130 course web on GauchoSpace before
midnight by December 11. Word count should not exceed 2,500 words. Use font size 11
and 1.5 line spacing. The word count applies to text only and does not include references.
Do use the grading criteria below in preparing your paper.
4 Checklist Questions before Submitting your Final Paper for Grading
1. OVERALL STRUCTURE OF THE PAPER
Does it have a clear, easy to follow overall structure – an introduction, main body and
Are arguments developed logically?
Are conclusions correctly drawn?
2. CONTENT AND ANALYSIS
Does the paper provide a context or statement of the problem in the introduction?
Is there evidence of relevant and adequate background research?
Does it have well explained/developed arguments?
Are arguments well supported by examples or data/diagrams?
Are arguments convincing?
Are the aims/objectives met?
4. COMMUNICATION AND TECHNICAL SKILLS
Is the paper well written, presented and organized and free from grammar/spelling errors?
Is it coherent, flowing and well-structured?
Is the referencing style adequate and consistently applied?
Rubric (Criteria) Used in Grading
|Category||For an A…||For a B…||For a C…||For a low|
|Thesis or overall|
|– Strong and clear|
identifying the nature
of the problem
question or lacks
a basic outline of
of the question
|– Paper demonstrates|
clear and coherent
– Clear organization;
indicate main ideas and
between ideas and
evidence and attempt
at critical judgement
|– Paper is well|
argued in places
but loses focus in
– Somewhat clear
|– Paper reads|
more like a
than a coherent
– approach is
|– Obscure or|
the paper; a
|Use of Readings||– Displays good use of|
literature given in
lecture material and
other academic sources
– Demonstrates a grasp
of nuances and
|– Paper uses|
well but evidence
|– Uses few, if|
of Topic Under
|– Shows strong|
understanding and how
this relates to wider
– Insightful and creative
analysis of course
major points and
|-Shows lack of|
errors of fact
series of many
|– The paper exhibits|
virtually no errors in
grammar, style and
|– The paper|