Oes nationalism need to be based on ethnic myths of descent?
0-34 (Fail not condonable) Little more than a diatribe. Serious absence of appropriate references. Disingenuous use of sources e.g. citing work clearly not used. Too reliant on pseudo commonsense. Lacking academic content, irrelevant and not addressing tasks. Presentation weak. The precise mark will reflect the extent to which the piece of work is flawed in respect of the above criteria.
35-39 (Fail but potentially condonable) Some evidence of work, albeit a paraphrase of condonable, refer to an introductory text or a key article. Bibliography is limited with little evidence the alleged sources been used. Lacks structure or purpose, vague and inaccurate. Reliant upon unsubstantiated assertion and personal anecdotes.
40-49 (3rd Class) Overwhelmingly descriptive, relevant but lacking depth, with little or limited evidence of coverage of available literature. Weak argumentation.
50-59 (Lower 2nd Class) Descriptive, some attempt at analysis, references to help substantiate and support points, but little or no attempt to critically evaluate these sources. Often illustrated by contradictory points presented as if unproblematic and with undue simplification.
60-69 (Upper 2nd Class) Analytical approach. Discusses main arguments for and against the issue with reference to theoretical debates and central authorities. Tries to establish strengths and weaknesses of perspectives. Critical, well integrated, well referenced and well presented.
69+ (First Class) Analytical and critical stance with a command of the materials, data and arguments. Does not accept positions at face value. Develops an argument based upon critical evaluation of the evidence from theoretical perspectives and authorities through to apparent practices. Arrives at considered and clearly developed conclusions on the subject that are substantiated by the materials covered. In this respect it gives further insight into the subject rather than simply a paraphrase of existing materials. Innovative, thorough and imaginative.