Reviewing Material about the Future of Work
Your review should be between 700 and 1000 words, or 3 pages to 4 pages in length. It will be worth 10%, and should be submitted to Turnitin and hard copy in class on Nov.11th. Late submissions will be docked percentage grade per day.
In order to expand your knowledge and develop your critical reading and writing skills, you are asked to review one of the books or two of the films from the following list. You can select another book or set of films that deal explicitly with work and working conditions if you have it / them approved by your TA. If you chose to review films, note that you must review at least two films (totalling over 120 min of viewing time) that deal explicitly with work and working conditions (again, you MUST have them approved by your TA).
Please identify what you are reviewing by providing full bibliographic information at the TOP of your review — eg. author, title, place of publication, publisher, and date — or name of the film(s), director, country, date and running length (in minutes). At the end of the review you may need to provide a bibliography listing any other sources that you used eg. reviews by other authors.
Your review should focus on what the book or films tell us about the future of work.
What did you learn that you found to be relevant to this course? Does it merely describe a problem, or does it point towards solutions? Be explicit. Your review you should not only describe or summarize the contents of the book, it should offer explicit insights about the future of work.
And finally, evaluate the quality of the work. A review is written for a specific audience someone who has not read the book or seen the films but is interested in the subject matter in this case, your TA.
Here are some tips or guidelines:
1. Don t try to cover everything in the book or films.
2. After summarizing the contents, focus on what is relevant to this course. What lessons does it offer about the future of work in Canada? Organize the review around these lessons or insights about work, rather than follow the table of contents or repeat the storyline.
3. Illustrate your review with short paraphrased passages (phrased in your own words) or brief quotations from the work.
4. Discuss the chief strengths or weaknesses of the book or films. Maintain a critical balance (be fair-minded).
Also see York Library s Academic Writing Guide – which includes a section on Reviews & Critiques