Introduction (thesis statement)
2000-2500 words, or 8-10 pages of text.
Follow American Anthropologist citation and referencing style
Times new roman 12 point font double spaced
Write an essay from a social science perspective about the Manitoba-Minnesota transmission project.
Possible approaches to writing the paper would be to argument for or against the project, or to put the
project into a broader context either comparatively or theoretically. As an ecologically concerned engineer
or anthropologist you must critically assess the project by incorporating at least three key theorises,
concepts or ideas (you just write it and I can make up) which are presented in this course. The paper must
be written within abroader frame of human cultural and natural environmental interactions. You must
refer to a minimum of six sources to complete this essay. Three out of the six sources must be
academic/scholarly sources (these can include required courses reading but not the course slides). The
three academic sources should support your three key theories, concepts or ideas your discuss. The other
three sources can be of non-academic background such as newspaper articles or government reports.
These three non-academic sources should only be used to support your background information about the
Manitoba-Minnesota transmission project
Comments for Student Preparation for Essay
It is not enough to say you will discuss “society, culture, technology and the environment” – these
are too broad. You must state the specific concepts you will discuss?
Main concepts and ideas you can discuss may include but are not limited to: political ecology,
ecofeminism, ecotourism, ethnocentrism, Marxism, Tragedy of the Commons (Hardin 1968)
What can a political-ecological or cultural anthropological approach bring to the roundtable in the
discussion of development? What concepts/theories or ideas can they contribute?
It is evident that you will be using a multidisciplinary approach – why do you think that this is an
important approach to this type of development project?
In the introduction or in the paragraph after, you should have a decent description of the
Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project. Do not jump directly into the problems associated,
provide some context for the writing the essay. What is your purpose of writing? This is different
than the thesis in that it shows what the topic is versus a thesis shows what will be discussed in
Must use a minimum of 6 sources:
You MAY also use a maximum of 3 non-academic sources (news articles, government
reports) that describe what the Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission project is. The nonacademic sources should be for background information on the project and should in no
way be used to support the concepts/theories that you use.
Minimum of 3 sources must be academic (these can be your course readings but NOT the
course slides) and these should support the 3 main concepts/theories/ideas you discuss.
Yes you can use more than 3 academic sources.
The reason that you can use a maximum of 3 non-academic sources is so that you can
provide background information about the project because you will not find academic
sources that discuss the project in sufficient detail. That being said, be cautious in the
sources that you use. Do you think that non-academic sources are going to be biased?
Yes, most likely, so be cautious of the information that you take from them.
Most important thing is to know the requirements of the essay (READ THE SYLLABUS) and
know who your audience is.
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