This assignment will look at economic competitiveness through research. See the file attached above for specific details and grading criteria
Unit 1 Assngnment
U mt 1 Assngn ment: Progress, or Freedom?
Due: Sunday by 11:59 pm at the end of Unit 1.
What is economic progress? What is freedom?
Two research organizations rank countries by their economic competitiveness with quite
different results. Based on these rankings address the following questions;
0 Provide a brief (one paragraph) overview of this week’s material.
0 Why do they do reach different conclusions?
0 Explain which research organization’s ranking best describes the state of the world
economy. Include support from course materials to support your explanation.
One ranking comes from the World Economic Forum, http://www.weforum.org/
It describes itself as follows:
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to
improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of
society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a not-for-profit
foundation in 1971, and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forum is tied to no
political, partisan or national interests.
The report on competitiveness is available at:
Another ranking, described in the textbook comes from the Heritage Foundation
It describes itself as follows:
Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute – a think
tank – whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the
principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American
values, and a strong national defense.
The report is available at:
Your final product will be a paper that:
0 Addresses each of the questions in total.
o Is APA fortatted.
o The body is to be 2 pages minimum.
Unlt 1 Assugnment
The requirements for your assignment are:
1. Answer each question fully
2. Define the overall subject of each question.
3. Cite at least three (3) resources from this week’s materials.
Students: Be sure to read the criteria and review the grading rubric on the next page, by
which your paper/project will be evaluated, before you write, and again M you write.
Evaluation Rubric for Unit 1 Assignment
CRITERIA Deficient Pro ficient Exemplary Points
Overview of the 0-13 Points 14-22 Points 23-30 Points
Topic Does not provide an Overview is Overview is clearly
adequate overview presented, though presented including
or is missing. may not be clear or all criteria outlined
Complete 0-11 Points 12-23 Points 24-45 Points
unanswered and/or answered with 1-2 answered with depth
poorly answered. sentence inputs. and clarity.
References to 0-5 Points 6-10 Points 11-15 Points
Course Materials Less than 3 3 references, 4 or more references
references, no minimal and assimilations
assimilation to the assimilation to the show depth and
uestions. uestions. clarit
APA Format 0-1 Point 2-3 Points 4-5 Points
Format has errors APA format and APA format and
that impede reference page has reference page is
professional few errors that do clear, professional,
presentation; and/ or not impede and error fi’ee.
APA not followed, professional
reference page presentation.
Writing Quality 0-1 Point 2-3 Points 4-5 Points
More than 7 writing More than 4 writing No writing errors.
errors, to include errors, to include
spelling and spelling and