(350 words each) Submit to VU Collaborate
SUMMARISE TWO OF THE FOLLOWING FOUR READINGS:
1. Van Krieken et al, ‘Power and the State’: Summarise the following two sections: Gramsci & hegemony (Reader, pp.196-199) & Foucault (Reader, pp.202-205 – stop at the heading, ‘Governmentality’)
2. Randall Collins, chapter entitled: ‘Love and Property’ [section under the heading: ‘Erotic Property’, pp.121-132 – VU Collaborate only]
3. Connell, R 2007, ‘Intimate Oppositions’ – discusses Ashis Nandy’s book, The Intimate Enemy [Subject Reader pp. 224-228] 4. Holmes, Hughes & Julian, ‘Economic Globalisation’ [Subject Reader, pp. 229-237]
Reading 2 (Collins is not in the Reader). It can be downloaded from the Assessments & Additional Readings folder on VU Collaborate. If you do not have the Reader, please note that all four readings can be downloaded from the Assessments & Additional Readings folder on VU Collaborate. Please also remember that your lecture notes are a valuable resource for this and remaining tasks. Please also follow the lecture slides, as they do some of the work of unpacking these readings for you.
HOW DO I WRITE A SUMMARY? – a couple of important points:
1. First of all: read carefully – and read with your purpose in mind: What is my purpose? In a nutshell, I want to be able to explain to somebody else what this writer is trying to get across: Are they building an argument? explaining something? telling a story? a mixture of these? Then your job is to get that across to your reader.
2. Read methodically: Writing a summary is not difficult but it does require that you take the time to READ, very carefully! (ps if you do that you will also be well prepared for the exam). As Pauline explained in the lecture, you should first skim-read to get the gist of the reading, taking your cues from sub-headings, first (and last) sentences of paragraphs, and keywords. Then read again, using your highlighter this time, and scribbling notes in the margins.
3. Don’t try to repeat everything the author is saying: But to see what the most important points are, and to work out how to get these across to your reader in a way that is clear and succinct, again: you need.
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