1. An introductory paragraph containing a brief description of three subject areas studied this semester that you found most interesting and/or informative, and a statement about a contemporary political problem or issue related to the course that will be discussed in greater detail later in the paper. Keep in mind that at least one of the three branches of U. S. government must be discussed in your paper as a distinct topic.
2. Three topics that need to be talked about in this paper. American Civil rights, legislative branch of us government, domestic and foreign policy
3. Subsequent paragraphs that discuss the three subject areas you have identified in your introduction. Subject areas should focus on topics listed in the syllabus. In POLS 2302, one of your topic areas must be one of the three branches of U. S. government. Note that your three subject areas must be distinct. In other words, you cannot write on three cases studied in civil rights. Rather, one topic may be civil rights and various cases examined in the subject area may be used to communicate your knowledge of the topic. The written assignment is due prior to the completion of Module 4. For this reason, information contained in Module 4 (Texas political culture, Texas history, the three branches of Texas government, or the Texas Constitution) may not be used as one or more topics in your written assignment.
4. Citations and specific academic information gained from the course MUST be provided in both the body of the text and in the bibliography. The three subject areas you discuss MUST be from POLS 2302 and CANNOT be topics studied in POLS 2301 (i.e., parties, the media, interest groups, elections)
An example of a proper in-text book citation is: (Davis, p. 18, 2018) with the Works Cited citation: Davis, Terri B. and James P. Nelson, The Texas Constitution: The People, History, and Government of the Lone Star State, Lamar Literary Press, 2017.
An example of a proper in-text citation of a course video is: (Davis, “Federalism,” 2021) with the Works Cited citation being: Davis, Terri B., “Federalism,” course video lecture, Spring 2021).
An example of a proper in-text online source citation is: (Krutz, et. al., Chapter 3, 2019) with the Works Cited citation being: Krutz, Glen, Sylvie Waskiewicz, et al, American Government, 2nd ed., OpenStax. 21 February 2019, https://openstax.org/details/books/american-government-2e, (accessed February 4, 2021).
5. Identify, discuss, and describe a specific contemporary political problem and construct and communicate a solution to the problem you identified (above). Make sure to develop and express your solution in the form of an argument that is supported by well-documented and properly cited facts and data.
6. A good paper will have at least 3-5 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbook(s) and course videos.
7. A Works Cited or Bibliography of works cited in the body of the text. The Works Cited page(s) does not count toward the overall three-to-five-page assignment requirement.
Correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, complete sentences, and citation of your sources are required. Textbook readings with page numbers (or chapter headings and subheadings for digital textbooks without page numbers) and textbook citation; lectures or video instruction (title and presenter/author of the video); and outside scholarly research must be included in your assignment.
Wikipedia/Encyclopedia/Dictionary/Spark Notes and other similar sources are NOT allowed and will result in an assignment score of zero. Failure to submit the assignment by the deadline will result in a grade of zero for the overall written assignment grade. Citations must be provided in both the body of your essay and in a “Works Cited” section at the conclusion of your essay. Also note that references to court cases must be italicized (Brown v. Board of Education) or underlined (Brown v. Board of Education). If you are using internet citations, you MUST include the FULL URL, title, author (if available) and access date.
Your written assignment should be typed and double spaced with 12-point font and one-inch margins top, bottom, and side. Political Science as a field has adopted the APSA Manual of Style; however, you are free to use the citation style adopted by your major department or the style used in your English composition courses (MLA or other style). Regardless of citation style, all sources must be properly, thoroughly, and consistently cited. When citing a URL, you must have the full URL, title, author, date of publication, and access date. Careful attention to grammar, spelling, and the mechanics of presentation is expected. Wikipedia is not a reliable source of information. Any citation of Wikipedia, Dictionary.com (or any Dictionary related website), E-Encyclopedia (or any Encyclopedia website), american-historama.org, Ask.com, bensguide.gpo.gov, biography.com, Cliff Notes, Collegeamericangovernment.org, ConstitutionalCenter.org, Constitutionfacts.com, Constitutionlaws.com, Constitutionus.com, Constitutionweekusa.com, gunlaws.com, history.com, judiciallearningcenter.org, infoplease.com, legaldictionary.net, legallanguage.com, nationalparalegal.edu, presidentialsystem.org, procon.org, Quimbee.com, quotationspage.com, Reference.com, scholastic.com, Shmoop.com, Socialstudieshelp.com, Softschools.com, Spark Notes, Study.com, thepoliticalguide.com, thoughtco.com, totallyhistory.com, USA.gov, USconstitution.net, UShistory.org, UShistoryscene.com, USlegal.com, The Bible, Vocabulary.com, youtube.com, Major Motion Pictures/Netflix Shows or TV series, Book Reviews, or anything similar in a term paper or other assignment in this course will result in an automatic score of 0 (zero) on the assignment. Scholarly resources would include journal articles, books, and news organization websites.
Scholarly sources are REQUIRED for this paper, and you need 3-5 sources BEYOND your textbook, lectures, etc. Remember, your sources should support the points presented in your paper.