Assignment 3.1: Comparative Essay

Topic: To be assigned by your instructor
Weight: 20% of final grade
Due Date: Friday 19 March
This assignment is based on the application of the concept of historiography that was discussed in Lesson 1 (Module 1). Before commencing the assignment, you may wish to refresh you memory by re-reading the section on historiography in Lesson 1.
The readings are separated into pairs, under 5 different topics, i.e., Topic A, B, C, D, and E. Pick one and inform the instructor. The required readings for this assignment are located in the last section of your Course Reader.

Instructions

To complete the assignment, you must first read the two articles on the chosen topic.
Write an essay of 4-5 pages (1000-1250 words) in which you compare and evaluate the manner in which the selected articles approach the topic.
Clearly identify and compare the theses (arguments) presented in the two articles; however, you must also compare and evaluate the arguments presented by the authors. You may wish to refer to your readings (either the Course Notes or required texts) to assist you in evaluating the theses you have presented. However, the essay content should be devoted to the analysis of the two articles selected. Be sure to cite all references.
Questions to consider:
  1. Are the authors’ interpretations different?
  2. If so, how and why have they come to differing conclusions?
  3. What types of sources or references did they use?
  4. What is their methodology?
  5. What kind of audiences do the authors have in mind when they are writing?
  6. Do the three foregoing aspects (Questions 3-5) of their work affect the interpretations they take and the conclusions they draw?
  7. Which of the two interpretations do you find the most persuasive and why? (This last point should be the focal point of your essay.)
Present your essay in typed, 12-point font, double-spaced format. Avoid exceeding the specified length.
Your essay will be graded on the content, written presentation, structure, grammar, and quality of your argument.

Post your assignment to the Discussion Forum for Assignment 3.1 and read one other persons paper and comment.