Term Paper – Pol 100 Requirements, Questions, Resources and Formatting… Details Due Date April 2nd – papers due at the beginning of class Late Assignments 10% per day Extensions on humanitarian reasons Illnesses require Doctors note All extensions other than illness must be discussed BEFORE April 2nd. Approval for extensions will be given in writing (submit with assignment) Details Cont… Paper Length: 5 – 6 double spaced pages. Font must be either Times New Roman 12 or Calibri (body) 11 (if the font you use looks wildly different than Times New Roman 12, don’t use it) Typed submissions only Expectations It is expected that an assignment will be ‘polished’ ie rough drafts should not be submitted Papers should be on-topic This is an argumentative essay, not a report – an argument is necessary Research question, thesis statements, introductions and conclusions Requirements Citations are required. Please use MLA – a style guide is available on the library website (and one will be posted on mine as well). At least 4 Scholarly/Academic sources must be used (non-academic sources, like newspaper articles are acceptable to use, but do not count towards this requirement) Paper must address a topic listed below or be approved by the instructor Question 1 To what degree do you believe the media should play a role in the socialization and development of a political culture in a state. Is this role usually positive of negative? Use an example (or examples) from a state of your choice. Question 2 Some have argued that democratic states like Canada and the United States lack democracy. They site a lack of direct democracy, citizen’s initiative and recall as examples of this. Using evidence from a state and/or sub-national jurisdiction of your choice, assess the benefits and drawback of these democratic tools. Which are useful, which not? Question 3 States have developed by focusing on different areas of development, the social, economic and political spheres. Consider the social, political and economic development in a state of your choice. In what areas does this state excel and what is the state’s best route towards achieving development? Question 4 Consider the strengths and weaknesses of competing electoral systems. Using the experience in a state of your choice, make an argument for which system would be the most effective. Question 5 Compare the separation of powers in a “Republican” state versus the integrated powers of a state with a parliamentary system. Which do you believe to be the more effective system of governance. Question 6 Use the experience of a state of your choice, consider the importance of feminism, nationalism or environmentalism in that state’s politics and/or governance. Other ‘isms’ can be written about, but please clear your idea with me before proceeding Question 7 While globalization is generally considered a positive process, there are those that are skeptical as to its benefit to society, as a whole. Consider the concerns of globalization skeptics. How can states overcome these concerns?
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