CRITICAL REVIEW In writing their critical review, students should consider the following points:….
In writing their critical review, students should consider the following points:
What are the authors aiming to do? Are they successful in fulfilling these aims? What do the authors argue? How do the authors deal with opposing arguments? What types of evidence do the authors use to construct their arguments? Is this evidence convincing? What evidence do the authors ignore? Are the authors influenced by a particular theory or methodological approach? Is this approach warranted? Are the authors’ arguments convincing? (You should assess this by comparing the different arguments and evidence presented by each author. You might also consult 2-3 other texts on the same topic.) What special tricks or strategies do the writers employ to make their points? These strategies may include the organisation of the text and the choice of language and examples.
Additional supporting information if required:
· Peter Mares, Borderline: Australia’s Response to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Wake of the Tampa, 2nd
· Tony Kevin, A Certain Maritime Incident: The Sinking of the SIEV X, Melbourne: Scribe Publications, 2004, esp. pp.3-30.
· David Corlett, Following Them Home: The Fate of the Returned Asylum Seekers, Melbourne: Black Inc., 2005, particularly pp.68-85.
· Robert Manne (with David Corlett), ‘Sending Them Home: Refugees and the New Politics of Indifference’, Quarterly Essay, no.13, 2004.
· Michael Gordon, Freeing Ali: The Human Face of the Pacific Solution, Sydney: UNSW Press, 2005.
· University of Queensland Press, 2003. edition, Sydney: UNSW Press, 2002, pp.1-8, 121-41.