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Why water privatisation?

This Week you identified the characteristics of academic writing style and how the essay question influences the purpose and structure or your essay.
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You have reached the end of Week 1!

You should now be able to identify the key features of an academic essay and understand the relationship between the essay question and the purpose and structure of an essay.

Before you complete the Week, take a look at the following essay question:

“Evaluate the success or failure of the World Bank’s approach to promoting water privatisation in the global south.”

And share your thoughts on the following:

  • What makes water privatisation a good topic for an academic essay?

  • Why do you think we’ve chosen this essay question?

Share your thoughts in the discussion below.

Next week

Do not worry if you do not know anything about the subject of water privatisation at the moment. Next Week you will be looking at how you can read around a topic and complete the background research for an essay.

You will also find out how to search for and identify relevant information sources, and learn strategies for reading through these texts and for note-taking.

In the meantime, you may like to start thinking about how you would research around the subject of water privatisation for yourself.

  • Where would you start to look for appropriate sources to help you address this question?

  • What do you think the main challenges would be?

Make some brief notes and bring these with you to Week 2, when you will return to the topic of how to search for and identify credible sources to support your academic writing.

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