Why have governments in Australia been able to adopt a more effective policy response to the problem of gun violence than governments in the US?

Length: 1400 words

Instructions: Please write a 1400 word essay that addresses the topic below


1) Why have governments in Australia been able to adopt a more effective policy response to the problem of gun violence than governments in the US?

Please make sure to read and cite at least four sources listed in the week 1 essential reading and/or further reading.

Please see the next page for grading criteria and referencing information.   

Marking Criteria

• Relevance – the essay addresses the question, staying on topic throughout with relevant material directed at what the question is asking.

• Awareness – the essay shows an understanding of a reasonable range of the key theories, perspectives, and issues relevant to the topic.

• Reasoning/Evidence – the essay uses appropriate reasoning and/or evidence to support the argument.

• Analysis – the essay examines the topic systematically and in depth, showing the capacity to engage in critical thinking.

• Structure – the essay is well structured throughout with clear paragraphs in a logical order, along with a clear introduction and conclusion. The word length is appropriate.

• Written expression – the essay is clearly written throughout with few errors in spelling, grammar or syntax.

• Research – the essay draws on a good range of appropriate material and cites the required number of academic sources.

• Referencing – the essay is appropriately referenced throughout and the author acknowledges where they have drawn on the work of other scholars through the appropriate use of citations and, where needed, quotations. (See below for further information on referencing).


It is crucial that you properly reference the essay. The basic idea behind referencing is that you should acknowledge where you have drawn on the words and/or the ideas of other scholars. Whilst most of you are probably familiar with a bibliography/reference list – a list of the sources you have consulted in your research for an essay – it is important to remember that academic referencing at university level goes beyond this. In addition to providing a bibliography/reference list, you are required to use footnotes or in-text references and where, appropriate, quotation marks, to indicate during your essay where you have drawn on the work of others. You must also make sure that the references you provide are accurate (for example, that the source you are referencing makes the point that you claim it does), and that the sources you use are reputable. If you do not reference properly, you are open to allegations of plagiarism and/or academic misconduct, which, if proven, can result in very severe penalties. To avoid this, please make sure that you complete the library’s academic referencing module, consult the academic referencing tool, and speak to the subject coordinator or your tutor if you have any questions.

Use the Harvard system for your referencing.

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