HR Law Article Summary + Critique

  • The article summary should tell what the article argues, what evidence is used to back up the argument, and how it relates to other academic discussion on this topic.
  • Your conclusion can summarise what you think are the key contributions, if any, of the article.
  • You should also ask one leading question in at the end of summary to encourage debate.
  • Listing your references – a minimum of 2-3 academic sources from the suggested material attached in the files.
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Assessment will be based on your:

  • Quality and appropriateness of literature chosen
  • Ability to accurately identify and summarise the key argument/s the author/s make
  • Capacity to apply, relevant knowledge and concepts
  • Logical structure
  • Coherence and depth of argument/conclusions/ question
  • Recognition of relevant ethical, social and cultural implications
  • Ability to communicate and debate ideas
  • Clarity of written expression
  • Ability to summarise in your own words, without excessive quoted material
  • Referencing prowess i.e using the Harvard referencing system consistently and accurately

Assignment rubrics

Rubric for article summary

 Needs major/some improvement to passSatisfactory but some problemsGoodVery good to excellent
LiteratureApplication and/or comprehension of literature not demonstrated.  Use of literature is adequate but could be improved.Use of literature demonstrates effort and understanding.Literature chosen well and crafted insightfully.
Structure – oral Logical structure and coherence of argument/conclusions  The argument does not flow very well.The argument is clear.The argument is well structured and integrated.Superior argument, clearly articulated.
Structure – written Logical structure and coherence of argument/conclusions  The argument does not flow very well.The argument is clear.The argument is well structured and integrated.Superior argument, clearly articulated.
Expression – oral Clarity of communicationThe presentation is unclear and makes it difficult to ascertain meaning.  The presentation is generally fine, but with some communication problems.The presentation was easy to follow.Clear and sophisticated presentation.
Expression – written Clarity of communicationThe expression is unclear and makes it difficult to ascertain meaning.  The expression is generally fine, but with some errors.The expression is easy to follow.Clearly written and sophisticated summary.
Originality of workThe work borrows too much from sources/excessive use of quotes etc.The work is a mixture of original and unoriginal passages.The work synthesises the findings of a range of sources into an original argument.A sophisticated synthesis of an impressive literature with original insights.
Recognition of relevant ethical, social and cultural implications  The work does not show recognition of these issues.The work shows partial recognition of these issues.The work shows significant recognition of these issues.The work shows highly significant recognition of these issues.
Referencing – written  Absent or poor referencing. You can lose marks for this because it affects the veracity of all other criteria.  Referencing generally OK, but some mistakes.Flawless referencing.

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