For this critical analysis essay, you will need to choose one of the following two topics and
answer the posed questions in an essay format. Your paper should be no longer than 750
words. It will need to be submitted electronically through Quercus before 11:59pm ET (local
time in Toronto) on Sunday, October 17th. This assignment is worth 20% of your final course
In your paper, you should explain the author(s)’s claim and argument, the significance of the
subject, as well as formulate your own viewpoint. You are required to use U of T’s Library
Search or U of T Library databases tool to find at least one additional source, outside of the
course readings, that you will need to draw on and cite in your paper. You are required to
use APA citation style. Besides the one additional source that you find and cite, you should
otherwise draw primarily on course readings (either assigned or supplementary readings). Be
sure to cite all the sources that you use.
Choose a topic from the options below. These topics are meant to be broad enough for you
to formulate your own viewpoint through a critical analysis of the relevant text.
Topic A: Bowler and Morus (2005: 51) write, “In many ways, it is clear that the traditional
account of the Scientific Revolution simply does not add up. Indeed, it fails in all three of its
basic assumptions.” How do Bowler & Morus argue for this claim? Do you agree or disagree
Topic B: Livingstone (2003: 89) writes, “Regional cultures have appropriated scientific
knowledge differently according to their sense of self-understanding and put it to different
uses. The very meaning of a particular scientific theory or text has shifted from one place to
another.” How does Livingstone argue for this claim using the example of Darwin’s theory of
evolution? Do you agree or disagree and why?
Guidelines & Tips:
• Your paper should begin with a clear and concise introduction that states the topic,
your thesis, and how you will argue for it.
• Your paper should contain a clear summary of key positions, ideas, or arguments in
the course reading that is pertinent to your essay topic. Here you should think about
how you would teach this material to a friend who was learning about the topic for the
first time—don’t assume an understanding of any key concepts, terms, or knowledge
of key figures or events. You will need to explain these things. This portion of the text
should demonstrate your understanding of the subject matter.
• Your paper should be written with complete sentences, paragraphs, and proper
grammar and citations.
• Your paper should have a clear and sufficiently narrow thesis statement, that is, your
answer to the essay question(s).
• By the end of your paper it should be clear what the significance of the essay
question you’ve chosen is; what answering it might illustrate about course themes;
how your response might gesture towards larger issues underlying the course topic;
• Your paper should end with a clear and concise conclusion that summarizes what
you have argued for and how.
• You should use APA citation style. If you are not familiar, please see a guide here:
Additional resources and Information
University Writing Resources
o Writing at the University of Toronto: https://writing.utoronto.ca
o Writing centres at the University of Toronto: https://writing.utoronto.ca/writingcentres/arts-and-science/
o General Advice On Essay Writing by Ronald de Sousa (U of T)
o Guide for Writing Critical Summaries by Ronald de Sousa (U of T)
Important Information on Academic Integrity
Plagiarism refers to the use of ideas, words, or creations without formally acknowledging the
author or source through appropriate citation methods, e.g., the use of quotation marks,
references, and the like. One plagiarizes when one presents someone else’s work as one’s
own original work, idea, or thought. Importantly, this constitutes plagiarism whether it is
intentional or unintentional. In grading your assignments, TAs will be instructed on what to
look for to detect plagiarism and to check student citations methods carefully.
All suspected cases of academic dishonesty will be investigated following procedures
outlined in the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters. If you have questions or concerns
about what constitutes appropriate academic behaviour or appropriate research and citation
methods, please reach out to me or to your TA. Note that you are expected to seek out
additional information on academic integrity from the course TAs or Instructor or from other
institutional resources (for example, the University of Toronto website on Academic Integrity).
Late Policy & Extensions
Extensions will be granted only in exceptional circumstances (e.g., due to illness with a
medical note or undue hardship as determined in consultation with your TA). For extension
requests, please contact your teaching assistant well in advance of any deadlines. Work that
is late without an approved extension will be deducted marks at the rate of 5% per a calendar
day (including weekends).
HPS100H1 – First Essay Assignment-1
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