PS/LJST 74: Norms, Rights, and Social Justice
Second Paper Assignment
As I have explained previously, the first two papers in the course should serve as the “building blocks” for your final seminar paper.
You should have received your first paper back with my comments. Now, I would like you to begin the second paper by composing a “paper topic” due by Wednesday October 31 (submitted as an e-mail attachment). This paper topic can directly follow from your first paper or the first paper may serve as background knowledge for your project. This topic should help you set up the parameters for your final paper, including:
1) Specify an issue or area of study; either defined specifically (e.g., legal rights of the blind; interracial gang rape trials, school desegregation) or broadly (e.g., a comparison of rights-based strategies across multiple identities—race, sex, disability, etc.). Hopefully, (but not necessarily) these ideas will flow from issues explored in your first paper.
2) Identify a “researchable question” (i.e., a question that can be answered by bringing in new information, in any form, including data, analysis, alternative viewpoints of authors, etc.).
3) Formulate a hypothesis, and then posit a plausible interpretation or conclusion the paper might offer.
4) Provide a preliminary bibliography
All four questions above must be answered in an essay format of at least one page.
After you have received comments (and a go ahead) on your paper topic, I would like you to prepare an outline for the second paper. At this point you need to ask yourself, what information will I need? Which course readings will I include and how much outside research will be necessary? Please submit this outline and a revised bibliography to me via e-mail.
Then, please complete an (approximately) 10-15 page essay that addresses your paper topic.
Due: November 29 by 4 P.M. (also submitted as a file attachment and a hard copy in my mailbox).
The final paper (a 15-20 page expansion of paper #2) will be due December 13. THE FINAL PAPER WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED UNLESS I HAVE RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING ASSIGNMENTS: PAPER TOPIC, OUTLINE AND BIBLIOGRAPHY, AND PAPER #2.