For this substantive research project, you'll examine a relevant campaign for change and offer attendant suggestions for effective activism. The expected length for the final draft of your paper is ±5000 words (excluding your reference list).
Whatever the particulars of your topic, the final draft of your paper should:
- offer a well-informed, thoroughly researched, and academically rigorous treatment of your subject campaign;
- include insightful critical analysis and practicable suggestions for action based on your personal world view; and
- demonstrate your broad understanding of relevant issues having to do with activism and change.
Both the draft and final versions of your paper should contain three sections:
- Background – Introduce and properly contextualize your selected campaign.
This section should show that you've engaged in some substantive research.
- Analysis – Critically examine your selected campaign using informed insights.
This analysis may require some research, but it should mainly be your ideas.
- Prescriptions – Offer specific suggestions based on your personal world view.
These suggestions should be (almost) completely your own, original ideas.
These three sections can be weighted in various ways, but component 1 ("background") should constitute no more than half of your final draft. Sections 2 and 3 ("analysis" and "prescriptions") together should constitute at least half of your final draft.
The final draft of your paper should use your own, original titles for each section (instead of "background," "analysis," and "prescriptions").
Since one purpose of this seminar is to help you (further) develop your academic research skills, you'll complete this assignment in stages, submitting various components of your paper at scheduled times throughout the semester.
Unless otherwise specified, written components for this assignment must be typewritten and double–spaced, use a single standard font with 1–1¼" margins throughout, and include a (typed) word count.
Written assignments must be submitted as PDF files; other formats (e.g., Microsoft Word) will not be accepted. Email each component as a (PDF) file attachment, sent from your "oswego.edu" email address, before 2:00 p.m. on the indicated due date. A required file name is provided for each component. (In each case, remove the quotes and substitute your own last name for "Surname.")
- Paper Topic
- Due at 2:00 p.m. on March 8.
- 5 points [2% of assignment grade].
- See Turabian, Chs. 1-2 (pp. 5-23).
- This meeting is a required prerequisite for all other components of the paper assignment.
- Schedule an appointment and meet with me before our Thursday, March 8, class session.
- Bring your paper ideas and something with which to take notes, bookmark resources, etc.
- We'll pin down your paper topic, compose a brief description, and devise a working title.
- I might require a second meeting with you if our first meeting isn't sufficiently productive.
- Annotated Bibliography [File name: "497 Bibliography Surname"]
- Due at 2:00 p.m. on March 22.
- (PDF) file name: "497 Bibliography Surname"
- 40 points [15% of assignment grade].
- See Turabian, Ch. 3 (pp. 24-36) and §16.2.1 (p. 151).
- Submissions with improperly formatted citations may receive half credit.
- This assignment can be single- or double-spaced, whichever you prefer.
- You don't need to include a word count for your annotated bibliography.
- At least eight acceptable sources, as follows:
- No more than two publicly accessible websites, articles, or other Internet sources.
- These sources should not include material also available in hard copy format.
- These sources cannot include (subscription-based) academic databases.
- At least two books (or one book and one book chapter if you absolutely can't find two books).
- At least two peer-reviewed, scholarly journal articles (in print or from an online database).
- Note: Assigned course readings cannot be used for this assignment.
- For each source, provide the following (using full sentences/paragraphs for your descriptions/explanations):
- a full, properly formatted citation (using Turabian's guidelines);
- a brief description of the source's key points and arguments; and
- a brief explanation of the source's relevance to your project.
- Paper Outline [File name: "497 Outline Surname"]
- Due at 2:00 p.m. on April 5.
- 30 points [11% of assignment grade].
- See Turabian, Chs. 4-6 (pp. 37-72), esp. §6.2.1 (p. 64).
- You don't need to include a word count for your paper outline.
- A properly formatted, multilevel outline of your entire paper.
- Include all 3 sections: background, analysis, prescriptions.
- Use your own section titles (instead of "Background," etc.).
- At least one numbered point must go three levels deep.
- First Draft [File name: "497 Draft Surname"]
- Due at 2:00 p.m. on April 22.
- 125 points [45% of assignment grade].
- See Turabian, Chs. 7-9 (pp. 73-103).
- A reasonably complete version of your research paper.
- Final Draft [File name: "497 Final Surname"]
- Due at 2:00 p.m. on May 10
- 75 points [27% of assignment grade]
- See Turabian, Chs. 11-12 (pp. 111-123)
- A complete paper addressing my comments on your first draft.
I'll use rubrics to grade each written component:
- Annotated Bibliography Rubric
- Paper Outline Rubric
- Rough Draft Rubric
- Final Draft Rubric