Poli Paper

Students will write a 6-8 page paper. The policy paper will require each student to choose a contemporary policy, (either current or under consideration). The paper will require the student to answer the following questions:

1. Who are the principle actors, both in and out of government, who are pushing for this policy? 2. Who are the principle actors, both in and out of government, who are against this policy?
3. What is the position of the President and congressional leadership on this policy?
4. How can this policy be evaluated?

Paper topics must be approved by the instructor by the end of Week 3.

Title pages should include the title of your paper, your name, the date, the course designator, and the instructor’s name – all centered on the front page. The abstract page should be the second page of your paper and should contain your single-spaced up to a half-page abstract. The endnotes page should be a separate page following the content of your paper, which lists all citations in numerical order. You will not need an endnotes page if you use parenthetical notes or footnotes. Your bibliography will be the last page(s) of your paper and should provide a list of all sources, alphabetized by authors’ last names.  Each item should be single-spaced with a double-space between items.  

Papers must use a minimum of 8 sources, with a minimum of two primary sources and two academic journals. If you’re not sure about the difference between primary and secondary sources, check out the info at:American University, Washington DC . All sources must be validated as solid, scholarly sources. Restrict your sources to newspaper articles from major national and international papers (use these sparingly as they tend to be biased and are not often written by experts in the field), published journals and magazine articles, and websites from major organizations and government agencies. Avoid using more than one book, as you most likely won’t have time to read additional books with the load of reading in this course. Unless you read the entire book, you risk taking information out of context. Encyclopedias and textbooks may be referenced minimally in your paper, but do not count toward the minimum number of sources.  

All work must be original. Do not use a paper submitted in another course and beware of copy/pasting from online sources, which can lead to plagiarism. Papers will be submitted to turnitin.com during the grading process.  Please review the Academic Integrity Tutorials carefully and make sure you understand how to cite your sources.  Note that this means any facts or ideas you gleaned from your research need to be cited. A lack of citations indicates that you are claiming the ideas are your own.   

Papers may not be submitted late unless a grade of Incomplete has been requested and approved by your instructor prior to the last day of class. Requests for Incompletes will only be approved in the event of an emergency (death in immediate family or emergency deployment, for instance) and with proper documentation. You have plenty of time to work on this project so please don’t risk missing the deadline by waiting until the last minute.  Last minute computer problems or minor illnesses are not considered valid reasons for Incompletes.




PS: I need the writer to send me the title as soon as possible because my professor has to approve it this week!!!

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