identify power relations for their aspects of positive-sum, zero-sum, or negative sum outcomes


  • identify power relations for their aspects of positive-sum, zero-sum, or negative sum outcomes;
  • deconstruct in a systematic analysis the evolution of an actual power relationship; and
  • speculate about power outcomes based on different uses of power instruments.

1-Choose a documented case of a power struggle from any part of society – economic, political, social, or high-profile personal – where there has a been a conflict between two sides, and a known outcome and that you find interesting. 

2-Use the taxonomies studied so far in this course: Reciprocity as a Basis for Power  ,  Ownership, Control, and Cumulative Causation in Power Relations,  Rhetoric as a Basis for Power ,  Human Versus Non-human Capital and Societal Power. Describe and analyse the types of power exercised. 

3-Offer evidence or speculate how the power instruments used were created and communicated.

4-Suggest ways in which the outcome could have changed if power instruments were used differently.

5-Your analysis should be 1500 words (+/- 50 words), single  space, excluding the title page and reference page, and should be consistent with APA referencing styles. No plagiarism.


The following rubric indicates those areas you should be focusing on in preparing your essay, and how the instructor will weigh these components relative to one another.

Activity/Competencies Demonstrated

% of Final Grade


Critical Analysis and Research (55%)

a. Depth of background research


b.  Appropriateness of research (academic)


c. Depth of analysis and insight shown



Communication (25%)

a. Uses language clearly and effectively


b. Information organized intelligently and holistically (i.e. not simply answers to questions)


c. Proper introduction and conclusion to paper



Attention to Detail (20%)

a. APA Referencing and formatting (title, headings & references)


b. Spelling and grammar




Assignment Value (15%)


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