Topic: Critical analysis
Below is the instruction on my assignment which is given to me by my lecturer:
A Critical analysis:
Reflects critically. That is, it asks serious, detailed, important and crucial questions about a topic in order to be analytical.
Evaluates what the writer is saying. It looks for the positive and negative elements, that is, the strengths and weaknesses in a writer’s views.
Asks questions about underlying assumptions (your own and the authors you read), including any controversies surrounding the topic.
Offers sound reasons as to why one might accept a position or disagree with it.
Please watch: ‘Critical Thinking’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OLPL5p0fMg
Structure of a Critical Analysis:
1. Introduction – states the work to be analyzed and includes a brief statement that summarizes your overall evaluation of the work to be critiqued, that is your
2. Critical Analysis – summarizes and questions the key points the author is making, drawing out a strength (one point you agree with) and a weakness (one point you
disagree with) in their position.
3. Conclusion – restate your evaluation of the author’s ideas as your argument.
Please choose one option:
1. Critically analyze the claim that Australia has good international relations with Indonesia. To do so, choose at least one idea that you agree with and at least one
idea that you disagree with from the article by Howard Dick, 2015, ‘Turnbull Meets Jokowi: A New Chapter in Australia-Indonesia Relations?’ E-International Relations.
Include in your references the article and at least two other academic references
2. Critically analyze the claim that Australia has good international relations with China. To do so, choose at least one idea that you agree with and at least one
idea that you disagree with from the article by Kerry Brown and Hannah Bretherton, 2016, ‘Australian Relations with China and the USA: the challenge of grand
strategies’ Australian Journal of International Affairs, 70(1): 1-5.
Include in your references the article in at least two other academic references
3. Critically analyze the claim that Australia has good international relations in the Asia-Pacific. To do so, choose at least one idea that you agree with and at
least one idea that you disagree with from the article by Strobe Driver, 2015, ‘The Asia-Pacific Scramble and a “Larger Australia”’, E-International Relations.