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Term Paper (Undergraduate): Students will write one paper, of around five pages. This will be in response to one of three questions to be provided later. Each paper should make reference to ideas and assigned readings covered during at least three different weeks of class. Further credit will be received for finding additional sources. This is required for a grade of A- or above. Details, advice and hints on how to write a good paper will be provided on the class website. Students who complete a draft of the paper at least two weeks before the final deadline will receive written comments one week later.

  •  The scale that will be used to grade these papers is available here.

  •  General hints on formatting and writing the papers are available here.

Research Paper (Graduate Student): Students will write one paper, of around eight pages. This will be in response to one of three questions to be provided later. Each paper should make reference to ideas and assigned readings covered during at least three different weeks of class. Students are required to locate at least five further relevant sources (two of them from peer-reviewed journals) and make use of these in supporting their arguments. Details, advice and hints on how to write a good paper will be provided on the class website. Students who complete a draft of the paper at least two weeks before the final deadline will receive written comments one week later.

 

Response Papers (Graduate Students). Graduate students enrolled in the class will be required to write three short response papers, of around three pages (750 to 900 words) each, in which they answer topics raised prior to class in the pre-circulated discussion questions. Write one of these on a topic covered in weeks 2-4, one on a topic covered in weeks 5-8, and one on a topic covered in weeks 10-13. The due dates for these are shown on the syllabus.

You can choose whether to answer one or two of the questions. In some cases, you might even use three. Some questions are more open-ended than others, so don't choose a question you only have a small amount to say about. Some questions have several parts, and you may choose to answer only part of them. However, please do include the text of the question(s) you are choosing to answer at the start of the paper.

The idea is to demonstrate that you have read and thought about the readings carefully. For this reason, choose questions that allow you to cover most of that session's readings. Include detailed references to the specific information included in the readings. In some cases you will want to use brief quotes. Cite these, giving at a minimum the name of the reading and the page number. Some weeks we have a lot of readings, and it might be hard to squeeze them all in. I will suggest that you cover two thirds of the readings, so if we have just two then try to write about both (maybe one more than the other), but on a week with three or more readings you can ignore one, and on a week with five readings you can ignore two. Choose your questions to allow you to cover material from multiple readings.

All students have the option of submitting additional papers on this model to boost their participation scores. These may be submitted during the class, or up to one week after. At the discretion of the instructor, papers on this format may also be accepted to make up for missed classes without penalty.


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