Re marketers responsible for the use of harmful products in society?

Guidelines for Individual Written Assignment (30%)

You may select either Topic 1 or Topic 2 for your individual assessment. Each Option requires you to write 1500 words (excluding references), and quote a minimum of a 5 journal references. A list of journals that you may wish to consider will be posted on the 1003MKT LearningGU site. To achieve higher marks you should refer to at least some of the suggested readings and find some of your own from a Data Base and/or Library Catalogue search. You must read these sources and apply the information to answer one of the questions. The topic question is as follows:

1. Are marketers responsible for the use of harmful products in society?

Your essay should consist of four sections, but unlike a report, it should not have sub-headings. Your essay should have the following components:
 Background & definitions
 Analysis & informed judgement
Reference List

As with essay introductions generally, your introduction to this essay should clearly and succinctly answer the following questions:
 What is the topic or central issue in this essay? (1-2 sentences)
 Why is it important? (1 sentence)
 What will I focus on and how will I organise my essay? This is what we sometimes refer to as a roadmap for your reader. (1-2 sentences)
 What is my argument? (1 sentence)

Your introduction should be very brief one paragraph only (150-200 words in total).

As a general rule, the body of the essay has two main parts: a short summary of important background information and definitions, followed by a much longer section, which critically evaluates the question and develops your own argument. You should only provide enough background information and definitions for your reader to follow, and understand your argument (i.e., 1-2 paragraphs).

Background and definitions: In the body of this essay, you should provide a brief definition of corporate social responsibility, its dimensions, and provide a brief summary of the debate surrounding your topic. Although we want you to present a strong case for your own position on this issue (depending on the topic you select), it is important to show the reader that your position is not the only one. You can do this by giving an overview of the debate (i.e., briefly identify the different positions taken in relation to the question) before you begin to develop your own position.

Analysis: The most important part of the body is where you develop and support your position (informed judgement or argument) on the question. You should organise this part of the essay according to themes (or main ideas/concerns or key points), which you will find in the books and articles you read on this topic. Think of each theme as your response to the following: eg. Marketers are/ are not/ are in some cases (depending on the position you take) responsible for the use of harmful products in society because& .. For example, in the case of beer, marketers are responsible because the product has been shown to have detrimental effects on the health of some drinkers in vulnerable target groups. You will identify a number of themes and should support your discussion of each theme with references  in text (Author, year). Remember, you must provide in text references (Author, year) each time you quote, paraphrase or use any material (ideas, arguments or evidence) the work of any researcher. These in-text references must also be listed in full in your reference list.

We recommend that you focus on two or three themes only. In academic writing, it is far better to evaluate a few key ideas thoroughly than try to cover too many at a superficial level. You should find two or three different responses to your  because statement. With each theme you should aim to refer to more than one relevant source.

Conclusion: a checklist
A conclusion in an essay is substantially different from the recommendations section in a report. A conclusion in an essay should
Show how your understanding of the problem has been developed through your research
Restate your overall argument
Restate your key points (the 2-3 themes you have discussed in the essay).

You mat use any referencing format you like in this course (APA or Harvard). You will find style guide for each of these on the course website.

For this essay, you should include only those texts that you cite in your essay; i.e., do not include texts you have read but not cited. Your Reference List should appear last, on a separate page, with a sub-heading.

To Get You Started:
Drafting the introduction Essential questions

Your introduction needs to provide the structure for the rest of your essay. It needs to address four questions very clearly (identified above). In a short essay, such as this one, it also needs to be very short (one paragraph, of about 150-200 words). If you address all of these questions you will have covered all of the information required for this section.

What is your topic or central issue? (Here you need to re-phrase the essay topic to tell the reader what the essay is broadly about) 1-2 sentences

Why is this essay question important? (Why does it matter? To whom does it matter? What are the implications of not addressing the topic question?) 1 sentence

What will the essay focus on; i.e., the themes you will discuss, and in what order? (This will be your  road map for your reader) 1-2 sentences

What is your argument? For example,  This essay argues that marketers are responsible for the use of harmful products by consumers . 1 sentence

Please note: You can choose to place the road map before or after the argument in your introduction.

Writing the introduction: A checklist

Does your introduction&
Y/N Comments
1. State what the topic or central issue is (Does it re-phrase the essay topic?) 1-2 sentences

2. Explain why this essay question is important (Why does it matter? To whom does it matter? What are the implications of not addressing the question of marketers responsibility?) 1 sentence

3. Provide a road map for the reader; i.e., What will the essay focus on; i.e., the themes you will discuss, and in what order? 1-2 sentences

4. Summarise the argument; e.g., This essay will argue ... 1 sentence

Cover all of the above in one paragraph of no more than 200 words