Iscussion Assignments regarding Lewis Mumfords The City in History

Read Lewis Mumfords The City in History section 14-18(page 411-end).Identify what you feel are the four most important points/themes/theories/ concepts/criticisms/etc. that Lewis Mumford makes . In doing so, clearly state the argument that Mumford is making in the four key points identified; elaborate on the explanation that Mumford provides for each of these points; explain why Mumford thinks these points are important; explain why you feel that these are the four key points made in the readings; and explore ties to important points made by Mumford in earlier chapters (section 1-6; page 3-158). Your discussion should be an evaluation of the analysis that Mumford offers including a justification/argument for the key points that you have chosen.
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additional from prof:
You can choose any 4 themes/ideas/etc. that you wish to discuss. That is 4 in total NOT 4 from each section

The discussion should be formatted as you would a short essay with an introduction, body of the text and conclusion. The introduction and conclusion do not have to be lengthy.

You DO NOT need a thesis statement.

There is no hard and fast rule, but the body of the text would probably be best structured around one paragraph for each of the 4 themes/ideas/etc. that you discuss.

Proper referencing is a MUST including a List of References with the Mumford text full bibliographic material.

You DO NOT need to do any outside research for this assignment.


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Again, I was looking for depth, thoroughness, insight, originality all packaged in proper essay format (i.e., an introduction, body and conclusion). There was A LOT of information that could have been used here and themes where you could have pulled out material from several chapters to illustrate your points. The broader the scope of your choices, the more evidence you could have used to demonstrate to me that you had done all of the readings.

Now again, the instructions were quite specific. You were asked to clearly state the arguement that Mumford makes. To do so, it would have seem appropriate to use some of MumfordA?a ¬a ?s own words or to at least provide paraphrases segments with direct references to the text. At the very least, you had to provide a detailed and thorough examination of the points that Mumford was making. In other words, you needed to be more analytical about the text and not just give your opinion off of the top of your head. I wanted to see solid points backed up by material from the text.

The next element of this assignment was for you to show your own analytical abilities in evaluating MumfordA?a ¬a ?s argument and providing an explanation for your choices of key points/etc. This is where original thought and individual insight come into play. There is no right or wrong answer here. I just needed to see some effort from you to try and analyze the information that you presented.

Again, doing a good job of the basic requirements of the assignment earned you a C+. To earn a higher mark, you needed to go beyond the basic and provide a more thorough analysis and greater individual insight and excellent presentation.

Also, if you did not have a bibliography/list of refences with the full and proper bibliographic citation of the text at the end of your paper, then you automatically received a deduction of 5% from your grade out of 100%.


If you have specific questions about your assignment, please contact me personally (i.e., DO NOT click reply to this message but send an email to my personal email address). Be sure to show me that you have reviewed your own work with my comments in mind.

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The bar did go up here folks. I was looking for solid choices for the top four themes/concepts/etc., thorough examination of these themes/concepts/etc., linkages between themes/concepts/etc. and chapters, and solid explanations for your choices. This was not simply the summarization of a few of the points made in the chapters. You needed depth, thoroughness, insight and originality. Many of you need to give more thought to the themes/concepts/etc. that you choose. The more insightful the choices and complex/insightful your analysis, the stronger your analysis. You also need to explain why you chose the themes/concepts/etc. that you did. Just saying that you thought that it was important does not make it so.

Iscussion Assignments regarding Lewis Mumfords The City in History

Read Lewis Mumfords The City in History section 8-13 (page 205-410).Identify what you feel are the four most important points/themes/theories/ concepts/criticisms/etc. that Lewis Mumford makes . In doing so, clearly state the argument that Mumford is making in the four key points identified; elaborate on the explanation that Mumford provides for each of these points; explain why Mumford thinks these points are important; explain why you feel that these are the four key points made in the readings; and explore ties to important points made by Mumford in earlier chapters (section 1-6; page 3-158). Your discussion should be an evaluation of the analysis that Mumford offers including a justification/argument for the key points that you have chosen.
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additional from prof:
You can choose any 4 themes/ideas/etc. that you wish to discuss. That is 4 in total NOT 4 from each section

The discussion should be formatted as you would a short essay with an introduction, body of the text and conclusion. The introduction and conclusion do not have to be lengthy.

You DO NOT need a thesis statement.

There is no hard and fast rule, but the body of the text would probably be best structured around one paragraph for each of the 4 themes/ideas/etc. that you discuss.

Proper referencing is a MUST including a List of References with the Mumford text full bibliographic material.

You DO NOT need to do any outside research for this assignment.

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Again, I was looking for depth, thoroughness, insight, originality all packaged in proper essay format (i.e., an introduction, body and conclusion). There was A LOT of information that could have been used here and themes where you could have pulled out material from several chapters to illustrate your points. The broader the scope of your choices, the more evidence you could have used to demonstrate to me that you had done all of the readings.

Now again, the instructions were quite specific. You were asked to clearly state the arguement that Mumford makes. To do so, it would have seem appropriate to use some of Mumfordas own words or to at least provide paraphrases segments with direct references to the text. At the very least, you had to provide a detailed and thorough examination of the points that Mumford was making. In other words, you needed to be more analytical about the text and not just give your opinion off of the top of your head. I wanted to see solid points backed up by material from the text.

The next element of this assignment was for you to show your own analytical abilities in evaluating Mumfordas argument and providing an explanation for your choices of key points/etc. This is where original thought and individual insight come into play. There is no right or wrong answer here. I just needed to see some effort from you to try and analyze the information that you presented.

Again, doing a good job of the basic requirements of the assignment earned you a C+. To earn a higher mark, you needed to go beyond the basic and provide a more thorough analysis and greater individual insight and excellent presentation.

Also, if you did not have a bibliography/list of refences with the full and proper bibliographic citation of the text at the end of your paper, then you automatically received a deduction of 5% from your grade out of 100%.

If you have specific questions about your assignment, please contact me personally (i.e., DO NOT click reply to this message but send an email to my personal email address). Be sure to show me that you have reviewed your own work with my comments in mind.