Benefits and risks of the European Union (EU) for its member states

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

ESSAY TOPICS AND INFORMATION

The essay should address one of the topics below, should be 1,000 words (excluding references) and should be properly referenced in Harvard style only.

Discuss the benefits and risks of the European Union (EU) for its member states. Use one of the following examples to demonstrate your answer: Brexit, 2008 financial crisis, COVID-19.

General Guidance

(1) An Introduction (about 100 words) should provide a general background to the topic at the beginning. This should be followed by the main body where you need to present your analysis and /or discussion. The essay should show evidence of reading from at least 10 sources – including books, academic journal articles, newspapers/magazines and websites. Refer to the module handbook for recommended reading sources. It is OK to use some sources more extensively than others. Do not include charts and graphs in the core-text of the essay. These can be included in an appendix section at the end of the essay; however you need to cite them when you refer to them in the core-text. The Conclusion (about 100 words) of the essay should summarize the analysis / discussion and provide concluding statements.

(2) You may choose the countries used in the workshop activity for your essay. But you will be expected to conduct a detailed analysis using a wider variety of sources (see point 1 above).

(3) Your word-count can range between 900 words to 1100 words. That is, a maximum of 10% (+/-) is allowed. Bibliography and Appendices do not count in the word-count.

(4) Please refer to the marking criteria (next page) carefully for further information on what will constitute a higher mark for the essay.

Essay Marking Criteria

MarkReading and  KnowledgeUnderstanding, Analysis and ArgumentOrganisation and Presentation
80+Extensive reading and exceptionally comprehensive knowledge.Outstanding critical and analytical assessment of the topic and excellent grasp of its wider significance. Clear evidence of independent and original thought, ability to defend a position logically and convincingly with arguments presented that are sophisticated and highly challenging.Excellent arrangement & development of material and argument. Excellent English and meticulous presentation, with immaculate referencing and extensive bibliography.
70+Wide reading and Comprehensive knowledge.Excellent critical argument of the topic and clear grasp of its wider significance. Clear evidence of independent thought, ability to defend a position logically and convincingly.Very careful thought given to arrangement and development of material and argument. Excellent English with appropriate referencing and comprehensive bibliography.
60-69Good range of reading and good knowledge.Good awareness of the topic and a serious understanding of its wider significance. Evidence of careful thought with a well-developed argument.Good arrangement and development of material and argument. Good English with appropriate referencing and bibliography.
50-59Fair range of reading and reasonable knowledge.Adequate awareness of the topic and of its wider significance. Evidence of some thought with a serious attempt at argument.Adequate effort to organise the material and argument. Adequate English with reasonable referencing and bibliography.
40-49Limited reading and incomplete knowledge.Limited (though satisfactory) awareness of the topic and of its wider significance. Limited thought and argument.Limited effort to organise material and argument. Satisfactory English but with limited referencing and bibliography.
<40Poor level of reading and failure to demonstrate competent knowledge.Poor and unacceptable awareness of the topic. Failure to demonstrate competent understanding. Lack of thought and/or confused or irrelevant argument.Lack of organisation of material. Substantial errors in English and very poor or absent referencing and bibliography.