Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Year 13 Coursework Report advice

I will keep adding ideas, links and resources to this post to help you with your coursework report. There is an excellent guide to the report writing, which includes a model coursework report that achieved 55/60, which you can collect from my room. This post will be divided into sections according to the question.

For all of you, here is a site from another school with advice on the coursework report. Although it is from a different year so the questions are different, the advice remains the same.

1. To what extent is an unfair world trading system the root cause of the widening development gap between very rich and very poor countries? (Alex)

Here's a useful clip from BBC Learning Zone connected to trade patterns for rich and poor countries. Refering to various sources will give you a greater range of evidence.

For all of you, check if there are any clips relevant to your reports here.

Don McKinnon: Trade is a potent tool in combating global poverty The Independent
Rich nations 'renege on pledge to reform trade and help poor' The Independent
Leading article: Fair trade is growing – and working The Independent
Hamish McRae: Free trade is not just about goods. It is also about money, services - and people The Independent
World Trade: Facts and Figures The Independent

Great article from Voice of America news - The Global Rich and Poor Gap Widens
Detailed article from infochange Consumption on a global scale: The gap widens
Africa's natural resources are a potential gold mine The Independent

2. Aid which supports grassroots development is usually the best way to improve the quality of life for deprived groups. Evaluate this statement using examples from contrasting locations. (Beth and Daisy)

A fantastic case study of a grassroots project in which plastic bags scavenged from rubbish tips in Delhi, India, are made into fashionable bags sold in London boutiques!
From bags to riches: the recycling project which starts in India's rubbish tips The Independent

If you do a search on the World Bank website for 'grassroots development', several articles appear about developments in Papua New Guinea.

3. To what extent is the North-South divide (the Brandt line) still relevant when analysing disparities at a global scale? (Jon and Elliot)

China 'can be engine of growth' BBC News
This report from the World Socialist Website discusses global inequality in wealth, with a short mention of internal disparity in the USA - Report documents extreme levels of global wealth inequality

Don't forget all of you, you can add any questions you might have regarding your coursework report using the comments option at the end of this post!


Anonymous said...

Any idea where i get definitons for 'contrasting locations' and 'grassroots development'? Daisy

Miss Blackmore said...

For 'contrasting locations' just make sure that you have shown that your case studies reflect locations of various scales and differing levels of development. Even if they are LEDC examples, they will still be at different stages of development. You might want to use some of the data from CIA factbook to show what the level of development is eg GDP, life expectancy.

For 'grassroots development' say that is a also known as bottom up and often originates from NGOs. There are definitions for these in the document I made a couple of weeks ago. I'll check it later and paste the ones you need here so keep an eye out for them!

Good luck with it!

Miss Blackmore said...

Some relevant quotes...

Trickle-down: The positive impacts on peripheral regions (and poorer people) of the creation of wealth in core regions (and among richer people). These impacts include the roll-out of national services (eg motorways, schools and hospitals), as well as regional aid and assistance for start-up businesses. (Warn et al, 2008)

Non-governmental organisation (NGO): service-providing organisations staffed by non-state professionals, and working in a broad range of development activities (Cloke et al, 1999)

Aid: Limited, conditional and generally highly-targeted, flows of resources aimed ostensibly at encouraging economic development or alleviating shorter term crises of social reproduction. (Johnston et al, 2000)

Quality of life: the state of social well-being of individuals or groups, either as they perceive it or as it is identified by ‘observable indicators’ (Johnston et al, 2000)

Coursework Help said...

it's good to see this information in your post, i was looking the same but there was not any proper resource, thanx now i have the link which i was looking for my research.