Accounting History (Song Dynasty).

You are required to research one theme in the historical accounting research literature, using peer-reviewed sources, and critically evaluate the relevance of this literature to contemporary society (maximum 1,500 words).


In marking your essay the following rubric will be used:
















20 marks

clearly stated and appropriately focused

clearly stated but focus could have been sharper

thesis phrasing too simple, lacks complexity; or, not clearly worded


thesis lacks a clear objective and/or does not “fit” content of essay

thesis not evident

Supporting Research

20 marks

thorough and relevant

less thorough but still substantial and relevant


adequate; relevance made clear

insufficient; relevance not always made clear

irrelevant, missing, or relies on assertion rather than research

Focus & Content

20 marks

sharp, distinct focus; balanced, substantial, specific, and/or illustrative content; sophisticated, mature ideas are particularly well-developed

Clear focus; specific, illustrative, and balanced content

adequate focus, but unbalanced content; more analysis needed

essay contains too much research information without analysis or commentary

absence of focus and relevant content; content doesn’t “fit” thesis








10 marks

obviously controlled and/or subtle organization; strong topic sentences

logical and appropriate organization; clear topic sentences

organization attempted, but unclear or inappropriate

topic sentences

inconsistent organization


absence of planned organization


10 marks

writer’s voice is strong; precision in tone, sentence structure, and word choice

precision and variety in sentence structure and word choice

limited, but mostly correct, sentence structure variety and word choice

several awkward and/or unclear sentences; problems with word choice

no apparent control over sentence structure and word choice

Mechanics & Usage

10 marks

free of mechanical and usage errors

few mechanical and usage errors

some mechanical and usage errors, but not severe enough to interfere significantly with writer’s purpose

mechanical and usage errors which interfere with writer’s purpose

mechanical and usage errors that significantly interfere with the writer’s purpose

In-Text Citations

10 marks

all sources are accurately documented in a recognized citation format

all sources are documented, but a few are not in the desired format

most sources are documented, but many are not in the desired format

several sources lack proper documentation

sources are not accurately documented, and a recognized referencing format is not attempted or followed properly

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