Having problems with essay topic and layout. Also finding relevant sources, all my internet searches turn up non relevant stuff. What is the best way to search topic's on the web to get relevant results?
"What are the main political obstacles to addressing environmental problems in the Murray-Darling Basin."
What does this mean?
Is it basically asking for me to explain the what political bullshit is stopping the environmental problems of the murray darling basin from being solved?
How would i set this out?
would i start with outlining the all the environmental problems together like salinity, land degradation etc then move on to explaining the political obstacles or would I outline each environmental problem followed by the relevant political obstacle within the same paragraphing and so on for each environmental problem?
Since this region is of such critical importance, and so many people are worried about it, there is quite a lot of material online about it. I think the problem is going through it all and picking out the best sources. The key is not to get bogged down in so much research that the paper doesn't get written. Focus on a few resources, and once you have a rough draft you can go back and add more references if you need to.
I think this National Geographic article would be useful:
(click on "feature article" if you only see an advertisement)
It describes how the region was dependent on rainfall, which has become unreliable due to climate change. Farmers who depended on rains then expected to be able to draw from the river, which had been dammed in anticipation of a drought. But so much was used upstream, by more politically powerful groups, that none was left for them.
Thus we can see that water has been over-allocated in this river basin. In other words, more water has been promised than can be delivered. The ...
Using the Murray-Darling Basin as an example, political obstacles to solving environmental problems are discussed in the solution.
Social problem in need of solution in the next 5 years: Idea memo, Execution plan
There are lots of social problem in need of solutions (areas such as energy, environment, poverty, literacy, empathy to name a few). The question guiding this assignment is: in the next 5 years, what would you change to make the world a better place? What you would like to see happen & how do you plan to get there?
In other words, pick a social need/problem (in your local community or at a more global level) that you think needs to be addressed. It is up to you to identify and define the boundaries and scope of the social need. What can design, develop, create, etc to provide some type of temporary or longer term solution to resolve this need?
The Professor will be awarding points for needs that are novel, bold, original, valuable and interesting. To assess whether the need you identify meets some of these criteria, ask yourself- dose what I want to address or change deal with a particular social need in a new and original way?( think Kiva or Grameen here)
The assignment is structured in two parts- an idea memo and a paper.
1. Idea Memo: - Describe the social need that you want to address. Specifically, I want you to identify the specific social need and describe it. In other words, what is the problem, its importance and justify why it is indeed something that needs to be addressed ( what is not working now)-
Tell me about your recommended idea- it must be.....
Section 1: Idea
Using the content from your idea memo, describe the social need that you want to address in greater detail.
Section 2: Execution Plan
How would you go about implementing your idea using content you learned in this course (Strategy Implementation & Transformation)
Provide an action plan
Identify Critical Obstacles
Key Success Factors
Whose help/buy-in will you need?
What resources will be critical?
How will you assess impact?
Apply course content (insights from the classes, relevant course readings) explicitly wherever possible. Each paper must have the following format(double-spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman font, one inch margins.
The paper will be graded on the following criteria:
1. Originality of solution- 20%
2. Application of course content- 30%
3. Soundness and viability of plan- 40%
4. Writing, Flow, Grammar, Presentation- 10%