Arts and Social Science introductions
Theme: British Occupation of Africa
Why did the British occupy parts of Africa in the era 1880-1900? (from 'Victorian England' history paper, 1000 words)
The student's voice: We really like the way that this student has declared his argument in a direct and unflinching way. We call this the student's voice, and it is an important aspect of writing, particularly in Arts and Social Science subjects.
In order for you to have a strong voice in your writing, first you need to be aware of the issues being discussed in the topic, and to form a considered opinion based on the theories that you can see are most relevant or plausable, which you then provide for your reader with your own explanations as supported by the author's who have shaped your understanding.
This student achieves this very well!
The activity associated with this excerpt invites you to notice the referencing this student has used, and to reflect on what you understand is meant by 'student voice'.
- First, use the buttons on the right to guide you through the lesson. Read the excerpt and look at the notes provided.
- Complete the short activity.
- Finally, feel welcome to contact Student Learning either personally, or via the Moodle writing forum to discuss your writing (University of Waikato students only).