Learn about a current political issue or problem of political consequence.

Learn about a current political issue or problem of political consequence.

Objectives of the Writing Assignment

This course is about politics, governmental policies, and people.   Select a topic which covers a current event or situation that addresses a local or foreign issue, problem or person of international consequence.  

 Learn about a current political issue or problem of political consequence.

 Develop your Internet and library research skills.

 Evaluate your topic from the perspective of different cultures and/or political viewpoints as well as your own.

 Improve communication and critical thinking skills.

Learn about a current political issue or problem of political consequence.

a.       Paper:

· Your paper may be submitted early but is due on Monday, November 22nd at 9pm.  

· Three pages or 750 words, 3 sources; font of 12 characters per inch; Times New Roman theme font; double spaced; and margins 1”.

b.      Grading:

· During the grading process your paper will be reformatted if it appears that the criteria above has not been followed and your grade will reflect penalties for improper formatting. 

· Your grade will then be posted on blackboard under: Paper.

c.       Expectations

    What your paper should focus on:

1.     Address the various sides of the issue with conclusions based on your own analysis of the issue, and demonstrating an understanding of its complexities.

2.     Compare and contrast the different viewpoints of sources used on your topic taking into account the limits of a position. 

3.     Present an informed evaluation of the evidence and different viewpoint surrounding the topic

· How they interact,

· The impact of government policy,

· How and if they benefit society,

· If it is worthy of the cost,

· If the policy needs to be changed, expanded or eliminated,

· What effects they create – good or bad

d.      Penalties will be applied for punctuation or grammatical errors as follows:

1.     Typos, incorrect punctuation, formatting, etc.

2.     Misspelled/incorrect words, contractions, omitted page number, abbreviations, grammatical errors, improper hyphenation, unidentified acronym.

3.     Improper paragraphing, incomplete sentence, margin over/under-run, redundancy, unclear sentences, incorrect information, improper quotes.

4.     Weak argument, unacceptable length.