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Outline: due Monday, October 29th (worth 5 points of your overall Political Science grade and 8% of your overall Seminar grade)
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Research Log: due Monday, September 24th in Seminar (worth 6% of your overall Seminar grade)

Topic Proposal: due Monday, October 1st (worth 6% of your overall Seminar grade)
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Research Log: due Monday, September 24th in Seminar (worth 5% of your overall Seminar grade)

Topic Proposal: due Monday, October 1st (worth 5% of your overall Seminar grade)

Individual Student Conferences: Monday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 10th (worth 5
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Research Log: due Monday, September 24th in Seminar (worth 6% of your overall Seminar grade)

Topic Proposal: due Monday, October 1st (worth 6% of your overall Seminar grade)

Outline: due Monday, October 29th (worth 5 points of your overall Political Science grade and 8
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!! %Short Research Paper

POLS 2305
Fall 2018
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!! Short Research Paper

'''POLS 2305'''

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Fall 2018'''
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into the final paper. The outline is worth 5 points and due on October 29, 2018.The final paper is due December 3, 2018 and is worth 15 points, or a letter grade and a
half. The paper should draw upon the feedback from your outline. For both assignments,
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into the final paper. The outline is worth 5 points and due on October 29, 2018.The final paper is due December 3, 2018 and is worth 15 points, or a letter grade and a half. The paper should draw upon the feedback from your outline. For both assignments,
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rather than two days before the paper is due.
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rather than two days before the paper is due.

'''Due Dates'''

Rankings Preference: due Wednesday, September 5th

Outline: due Monday, October 29th (worth 5 points of your overall Political Science grade and 10% of your overall Seminar grade)

Final Paper: due, Monday, December 3rd (worth 15 points of your overall Political Science grade)

Group Presentations: Friday, October 26th-Wednesday, October 31st (worth 200 points of your overall Comm. grade)

First Year Symposium: Friday, November 29th (worth 30% of your overall Seminar grade)
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!! %Short Research Paper

POLS 2305
Fall 2018
Writing is a critical part of any major from political science to biology. In higher level
courses, it is not uncommon for a term paper to make up nearly half of your final grade. To
help prepare you for this, you will write a short (4-6 page) research project where you use
writing to explore a contemporary political issue. This assignment is worth 20 points, broken
up over two assignments, or two full letter grades. Since this paper can be the difference
between a B and a C, do not take this assignment lightly. You should begin working on this
project early and not put it off until the last minute (and yes, we can tell when you write
the paper the night before). In your seminar class you will have time to work on this project
and also receive help in terms of feedback and access to university support services. Please
make use of these opportunities.
This assignment is broken up over three parts. First, you will provide us with a rank order
of your preferences for the project which will be collected in your seminar class. Simply
put, indicate which topic you would like to write on. The topics are all current political
issues which are of national import. This assignment should take you just a few minutes
and your choices should reflect your interests. Please get your preferences back to us as soon
as you possible; this is a first come, first serve assignment. It is due by September 5, 2018.
Next, you will prepare an outline. This outline will tell us what your topic is, why it is
worth studying, what your working thesis is, and provide a rough sketch of the paper you
plan to write. While this pre-writing may seem silly, it will help you organize your thoughts
and build a road map for the paper you will eventually write. Our feedback should be incorporated
into the final paper. The outline is worth 5 points and due on October 29, 2018.The final paper is due December 3, 2018 and is worth 15 points, or a letter grade and a
half. The paper should draw upon the feedback from your outline. For both assignments,
you can find more detailed instructions on the associated handouts.
In writing your paper, you want to address the following questions:
1. What is the topic?
(a) Why do we care about the topic?
2. What is the Trump position on this topic?
3. What do the Democrats say about the topic (probably personified through the Senate
or House minority leadership)?
4. What is the position on this topic (probably personified through the
Senate or House leadership)?
5. Compare and contrast the various positions you discuss aboveI want you to note that nowhere in this outline is the paper identified as an opinion piece.
This is a political science course, emphasis on the second word. You need to objectively lay
out what the issue is, what various actors think about it, and what implications that topic
has, without engaging in partisan grandstanding. While it can be difficult to not grab the
soapbox, it is critical to effective writing.
Your paper should follow your standard five section essay format (Introduction, three body
sections, conclusion). This is like the five paragraph essay, but realize each section might
need more than one paragraph to fully get your point across. To help you write your paper,
each of the prompts has a rubric attached. Also, I encourage you to make use of the library
and do not hesitate to ask for help from me or any of the librarians. While we are all very
happy to help you, please realize we will be better able to help you early in the semester
rather than two days before the paper is due.