Iscuss the claim that gender is a key variable in understanding international relations.
The essays at the University of Warwick are marked very harshly so, please, do your very best not to let me down as it would not be an exaggeration to say that my future career will depend on my performance this year. Before I discuss the assessment criteria I would like to let you know that I have prepared the required bibliography and have all the texts photocopied. Would it be possible to send them to you by post? Of course, you are welcome to include your own sources too. The texts I have are from the University of Warwick library as well as from the reading list for this module (Theories of International Relations). Therefore, the examiners will expect me to use this information and base my assessment on it.
Now about the assessment criteria. You will have to employ as much of critical analysis in this long essay as possible. Analyze every statement you make and provide the evidence to support your argument. Make your points clear and do not contradict yourself
Be consistent throughout the essay making sure that the examiner will see that the author has a very good knowledge of the topic and (very importantly) has developed his strong view point. You will have to argue for the point of view you adopt throughout the essay. You can use my point of view and argue that gender is probably not a key variable in understanding international relations (IR), but it surely has a lot to contribute. You will also have to briefly discuss the other variables which you think are central in understanding IR and place the gender variable somewhere in that context. The latter has to be done in order to show the examiner that the author has a very good knowledge not only about gender but IR as a whole.
The essay must (very important) have a clear structure (a plan) which is outlined in the introduction and closely followed throughout the essay. Define the ambiguous terms from the essay title in the introduction as well (if needed); say why you are going to answer the question in a way you have chosen to; mention briefly why you did not adopt some other approach to answer this essay question; set out the clear plan for the rest of the essay; outline your argument that you will be defending throughout the assessment; finally, make it clear what you conclusion will be. Such an introduction will provide an examiner with a very clear idea of what the whole essay looks like. At Warwick they place a lot of emphasis on good introductions.
In the main body of the essay follow the plan you have set out for yourself. Argue (cannot emphasise it enough) and provide as much evidence as possible to support your point of view. Be consistent and logical so that the essay reads nicely and smoothly. Make sure that the essay and your argument are interesting (!) and easy to follow.
When concluding, summarise your argument again and say how you have supported it. Maybe, say something about the future of the gender as a key variable in IR (whether it will be more or less important). Generally conclude the essay with an interesting and insightful point. You are welcome, of course, to put across your point of view.
If you will need more time to do the piece or any questions whatsoever about it, please, contact me by any means available straight away. This is the first time I have to order an essay because tragic personal circumstances that are taking place in my life. I am really relying on you and will appreciate every effort you will make to make my essay stand out and get no less that a First. Thank you very much.
The author will have to reference all his sources and use Doublequotation marks for direct citations. In my essays I prefer to use Numerical convention where quotations and references are numbered in the text using a footnote function. Numbering should be in strict sequence and numberes should appear at the foot of each page. For instance: Goodwin argues that ………1 or National Interests militate against integration”2. The footnotes for these examples would be: 1 Goodwin, B.(1997) Using Political Ideas. London: Wiley, p. 68. 2 Laqueur, W. (1993) Europe in Our Time: A History 1945-1992. Harmondsworth: Penguin, p. 569. You can also use Ibid if the same source is used two or more times in a row and then indicate the page number. Now as to the bibliography of this assessed essay. Books must include, in the order stated: author(s), date of publication in brackets, full title underlined, edition (in brackets, if appropriate), place of publication, publisher. This is similar to the footnotes discussed above. Journal articles must include: author(s), date of publication in brackets, Title of article”, title of journal underlined, volume, page number(s). The same with newspapers and periodical articles. Internet resources should also be included in the main bibliography. You should also set out the website address and the date you retrieved an article e.g. Assessed 5 January 2006. This information is taken from the University of Warwick module handbook which is attached below for your information. The footnotes and the bibliography do not count towards the 5,000 word limit of this assessment.