General Instructions: The aim of this short essay assignment is to provide students with an
opportunity to engage in a close reading of one of the required course readings (Lutz, J. S. (2008)
Chapter 7 -The White Problem’) and to contribute to both a group discussion and creation of a shared
set of learning and study resources.
1. Introduction and background context – 5 marks
The introduction should include reference to the research paper, book chapter or other
source the student was assigned, as well as a statement about the topic and the
problem or issue the student will be addressing from the reading (2 marks); the historical
agents that the chapter focuses on (eg. specific Indigenous group(s), colonial interests,
etc….(1 mark); and why the topic is of interest to the study of Canadian economic history
The introduction should also include a brief statement of the paper’s argument or
hypothesis (1 marks).
2. Reference to the associated scholarly literature and course readings – 5 marks
Should include references to scholarly literature relevant to their reading’s topic and
include discussion in relation to the following categories: how sources are situated in
terms of relevant debates, theory, methods of analysis, evidence, and findings. All
sources should be properly cited using a standard citation method: eg. APA; MLA,
Chicago, Harvard, etc…
A bibliography or works cited page should be included at the end.
3. Discussion and analysis of the assigned resource – 15 marks
This section should include discussion of the theoretical framework(s) thought to be
relevant and why (5 marks); the methodology and evidence included or cited (including
brief reference to sources and indications of graphs, charts and summary data in the
Works Cited page if relevant (5 marks).
Quality of argument, style and writing. Students should make a coherent, well written
argument that takes into consideration alternative views where relevant in a concise
manner. The summary shows by its reference to the sources why one particular
perspective has more merit or adds to our understanding, perhaps in a way that others
do not (5 marks).
4. Concluding remarks – 5 marks
Student summarizes the results and implications of the analysis in the assigned reading.
If relevant, suggests further work that would help to resolve the issue. What insights has
the student gained through their reading and analysis of this source? What questions
remain unanswered or are worthy of further enquiry?