Students are required to: – submit a 4,000-4,500 word comparative essay. They are to compare one issue in any one of the three aspects (social, cultural and political) between any two cities/countries among Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea; – state the title of the comparative essay on the first page clearly; otherwise no mark will be given; – adhere to the word limit; assignments exceeding the limit will NOT be assessed. The word limit does not include footnotes and bibliography; – use 1.5-line spacing, 12-point font, 1 ½ inch margins; – use APA style referencing; and – submit the soft copy of the Comparative Essay via Turnitin in the Moodle platform. Assessment Criteria for the Comparative Essay (More detail on Page 12) – Ability to apply academic knowledge and theories (e.g. using relevant resources or evidence) to support a clear argument; – Ability to present the argument in an organized, structured and balanced way; – Ability to demonstrate critical analysis of the topic through presenting original insights and proper integration of the experiences of the TLAs in GCSI; and – Ability to write a fluent essay (including proper sentence formation, accurate expression, correct grammar and spelling, and use of punctuation) with appropriate citations and referencing.