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This assessment task consists of a 1500-word article critique. This task requires students to critically
analyse an article in relation to the role of ethical values and human dignity in economic decisions. The
purpose for writing a critique is to evaluate somebody’s work (in this case a news article) in order to
increase the reader’s understanding of it. A critical analysis is subjective writing because it expresses the
writer’s opinion or evaluation of a text.


Locate and critically analyse a recent news article on a topic concerning ethical values and human dignity
in economic decisions. Examples include: The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking,
Superannuation and Financial Services Industry; Brexit, economic decisions by both Government and
Business related to Covid-19.
You will find such articles in daily newspapers as well as in more dedicated economic/business journals
such as The Economic magazine.
Library also allows you to search for newspaper articles on specific topics.

Please Note – your business article must have been published within the last six months.

Introduction (100words) The length of an introduction
is usually one paragraph. Include a few opening sentences that announce the author(s) and the title, and briefly explain the topic of the text. Present the aim of the text and summarise the main finding or key argument. Conclude the introduction with a brief statement of your evaluation of the text. This can be a positive or negative evaluation or, as is
usually the case, a mixed response.

Summary (250 words) Present a summary of the key points along with a limited number of examples. You can also briefly explain the author’s purpose/intentions throughout the text, and you may briefly describe how the text is organised.

Critique (1000 words) The critique should be a balanced discussion and evaluation of the strengths,
weakness, and notable fixturesures of the text. Remember to base your discussion on specific criteria. Good reviews also include other sources to support your evaluation (remember to reference).
You can choose how to sequence your critique. Here are some examples to get you started:
• Most important to least important conclusions you make about the text.
• If your critique is more positive than negative, then present the negative
points first and the positive last.
• If your critique is more negative than positive, then present the positive
points first and the negative last.
• Include a paragraph or two of positive aspects and another of negative.

Conclusion (150 words)
• This is usually a very short paragraph.
• Restate your overall opinion of the text.
• Briefly present recommendations.
If necessary, some further qualification or explanation of your judgement can
be included. This can help your critique sound fair and reasonable.

References (Not included in word count)
If you have used other sources in your review you should also include references at the end of the review.

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