All students will be responsible for each week's reading and will write 10 weekly response papers of approximately 400–600 words. Response papers may focus on study questions provided in the text, on questions raised in class, in the media, or in personal reflection on the assigned reading. Further guidance will be provided in class. We will also experiment with the forms in which we write. Students may write their response papers on the class blog, in the form of letters to the editor, and/or op-ed pieces.
For undergraduate students, a longer research paper (min. 2500 words) will be due during the last class. A 300 word project proposal must be submitted by Session 14, and a draft must be submitted by Session 22.
For graduate students, a single 20–25 page research paper is due at the end of the term. A paper proposal should be submitted by Session 14.
Your final paper should address a topic relevant to the subject matter of the course. You may draw entirely on required readings, or include recommended readings, or draw on other research beyond what the class offers. All material consulted in preparing the paper should be included in a bibliography. The term paper should pose a clear question and defend a thesis in response to the question with arguments. Possible paper formats include:
Papers will be evaluated on the degree to which they:
Project proposals should address the following questions:
Note that it is permissible to refine your question (or even change it, if necessary!) and / or change your answer during the process of drafting your paper. Your proposal is not written in stone. It is a tool to help you prepare a solid final paper.