Business: Business and Society MGM 14 (OUA) - Assignment 1 - SP4 2016

Business and Society - Help with Assignment 1, SP4 2016

Assignment question

Assessment #1 - Research Assignment

In this assignment, you will consider a statement about work, research information which relates to it, and discuss the statement, supporting the discussion with information from research. The assignment will be in the form of a short essay of 500 words.

Essay topic

"The very distinction between work and non-work has become blurred in terms of both time and space". (Svendsen, 2016, p. 9). Discuss this statement.

How to go about it?

  • Read the essay topic statement in the context of the readings and lectures for weeks 1, 2, 3.
  • Think about the extent to which you agree with the statement.
  • Find and use sources from the three chosen sources you will use to consider and evaluate different views on the statement.
  • Discuss these ideas in a short essay of 500 words.

stop** please consult your course outline for full assignment details**

Information Sources

You need to develop and support your argument using information from three (3) different types of sources. These source types must include:

       The textbook 'Work' (some of the relevant chapters are chapters 1-4, 7 and 8 but you can go beyond the suggested chapters)CollegeDegrees360 2012, Reading a Book, CC BY 2.0:, Flickr:

AND any two of the following sources:

  1. Academic journal articles
  2. Art/ Film/ TV/ Newspapers
  3. Books printed or ebooks - other than the textbook


Finding information

Watch this short (3 min.) video for help in finding academic journal articles.

Watch this short (2 min.) video for help with finding books and ebooks in the Library catalogue, including tips on downloading and using ebooks.

Watch this short (4:39 min) video for tips on searching image, film and television databases and web sites.

Watch this short (2 min.) video for tips finding full text newspaper articles in the Library Catalogue, as well as links to newspaper databases and web sites.


Choosing your keywords

Before you begin your research you will need to define your key concepts and keywords. Clarke, B, ‘Keys 1’ CC Licence Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Image Source Flickr

1. Have a look at the question and underline what you think are the key concepts

"The very distinction between work and non-work has become blurred in terms of both time and space".

2. Once you have identified your key concepts define your keywords. This could be related words, different spelling, acronyms, synonyms and the plural form of the word.

Concept 1: work work; employment; jobs; employee; worker; "unpaid work"
Concept 2: non-work leisure; play; interests; hobbies; work-life balance; volunteering; voluntarism

Try thinking of more keywords.

With your keywords try searching the Library Catalogue:
(putting a phrase in inverted commas will mean that the words are searched for together)

If you need help combining your keywords have a look at the guide below:

Referencing help

Jason Grant 'Roadmap to referencing', January 2013 [Image source: UniSA Library]

You need to acknowledge where the ideas and information you use in your assignment come from.

Need help referencing? Follow the roadmap!




  • Use the online presentations on this page to assist you in finding information in different source types.
  • If you need further help, ask the library.

Evaluating your resources

Is your information useful and of good quality?

It's important to evaluate it before using it for your assignment. Watch this video for more information.

More help

If you need more help try one of these options:"Open Clip Art, 'Help Button', CC Licence: No Copyright, Image Source:"

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  • If you are studying outside of Adelaide, living remotely or have difficulty in using the Library in person the Off Campus Library Service can help
  • Have a look at our online workshops and videos
  • Use the Help, Tips or Hints screens within the Library Catalogue and the databases