Universal Intellectual Standards

Inference and Interpretation: Read in Chapter 5 in your text Exhibit 5.12 (p. 122) and reflect on how you sometimes form inferences and interpret from a range of views and perspectives regardless of data or evidence to the contrary.

Based on your readings, research, and experiences—as well as your study and consideration of the Exhibit above—select and analyze one issue that is now in the national debate: healthcare or education policy; how to address climate change; the role of US foreign policy in the Middle East, Russia, China, and Africa; global trade agreements; the use of Soft Power as a diplomacy tool; the role of the U.S. in the United Nations, undocumented workers; unions; or the minimum wage. In writing your critical analysis essay, consider how your critical thinking and reasoning impacts how you give meaning to events, social issues, or facts.


Select one issue as your topic for the essay. Additional information for

this assignment is available from the CSU-Global Library. Click on this link for to access these details:  http://csuglobal.libguides.com/c.php?g=231734&p=1539172

Include the following points (see also Exhibit 5.1, p. 103):

  • Clarity
  • Logic
  • Justifiability
  • Profundity—your depth of knowledge on a topic
  • Reasonableness
  • Consistency

This critical analysis essay is designed to document a roadmap of how your mind works. Therefore, there is no right or wrong answer. The learning goal is to support your critical thinking based on readings from text, articles, and class discussions.


  • Your critical analysis essay should be 4-5 pages.
  • Include a title page, an academic introduction and conclusion, and a reference page.
  • Incorporate three scholarly sources that are not required or recommended

    readings for this course. Cite and reference your sources properly. The CSU-Global Library is a good place to find these sources.
  • Format your essay, including all citations and references, according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA.

Review the grading rubric for this assignment, which can be accessed from Module 3 folder, to understand exactly how you will be graded. Reach out to your instructor if you have questions about the assignment.


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