Sample History Paper on The Commodity Trade

Part A: Short Critical Reflection (30 marks) Write a short reflection synthesizing the main issues of the module as reflected in the readings (300–500 words).

Your critical reflection should present your own thoughts and responses to the reading(s). Thus, it is an interaction between the ideas in the reading and your own interpretation and response to what you have read.

This is not simply a summary of the readings, but also your critique that comments on the ideas you agree and ideas you disagree with. Do not be afraid of making comparisons with Canada.

The critical reflection is a polished piece of writing that will be assessed using the same criteria as any piece of writing. It should include an introduction, a body that presents your thoughts clearly and logically, and a conclusion.

You may write in the first person, but be sure to refer to some of the ideas that are introduced in the reading.

Part B: Essay (70 marks) Write an essay of 750–1000 words on one of the following topics.

1. Explain how European and American imperialism has helped to shape the forces that give Latin America its unity.

2. Illustrate one example of land use and discuss the forms of farm labour it uses and its impact on the environment. Why is farm labour still poorly paid even today in Latin America? Try to connect your answer to the very low prices paid by consumers in the developed world such as Canadians.

3. Explain the factors that contributed to the debt crisis in Latin America. How has this been resolved?

4. Explain how the process of industrialization in Latin America has created environmental problems.