Political Science Literature Review OR Civic Engagement Project
- Students need to come up with a topic on which they would like to do either a Literature Review, OR a Civic Engagement paper. Before the due date listed on our syllabus & iCollege calendar, students need to have used the iCollege dropbox to make me aware of their proposed topic for the assignment. This will give you an early opportunity to communicate with me about the subject on which you would like to write your paper — as well as your preferred plan for proceeding with the project. Essentially, students are expected to propose their own, personally compelling topic for the assigned paper (relevant to Political Science or appropriate for civic engagement).
- Potentially Helpful Reference Sources for either a Political Science Literature Review or a Civic Engagement project:
- Search a directory of open access scholarly journals using keywords relevant to the topic of your interest: https://doaj.org/
- Political Science student resources, as recommended on the APSA (American Political Science Association) website: http://www.apsanet.org/RESOURCES/For-Students/Student-Journals
- GSU Library’s Political Science research resources: http://research.library.gsu.edu/sb.php?subject_id=26022
- Perimeter College at GSU Online tutoring and learning: http://depts.gpc.edu/~gpcltc/onlinetutoring.htm
- Regardless of whether you choose to produce a political science Literature Review paper, or a Civic Engagement project, you will be required to propose your initial ideas for each of the following 3 sections:
- Topic description and political relevance (what is your problem or research question?)
- Plan of action (how you propose to organize the paper)
III. Possible sources to read and use for the project
- Students are not expected to submit their final draft for various sections of the paper in a piecemeal manner as we work through the semester. In fact, students are expected to be working on developing their own projects as we progress through the term. The various due dates for student proposals of progressive sections of the project (as noted on our syllabus schedule) are for two reasons: First, they should encourage students not to procrastinate and delay working on/ thinking about how they would proceed with various sections of the project until the paper for the assignment is due.
Second, by requiring students to share their ideas and thoughts about how they plan to work on those specific sections of the project– with myself, I hope to be able to give individual students some precise, individualized feedback as they work to move forward with the project. I don’t really care if students propose their ideas for a particular section in draft form or– simply as an explanation of their ideas, thoughts, anticipated plan, or primary questions and/or concerns regarding that specific section of the project.
- I would like for students in this class to submit those proposals as well-written, nicely organized Word documents using our iCollege assignment drop-box for each proposal’s due date listed on our syllabus and our iCollege class calendar, with acceptable college-level grammar.More so than any particular format, I will be primarily concerned to observe that a student has engaged in serious, thoughtful reflection about their own ideas in terms of the requirements of the project. Regardless of whether you plan to proceed with a Political Science Literature Review, or a more applied Civic Engagement project, a degree of intellectual creativity in linking your own personal interests and/or concerns with the content of this class, and the requirements of this assignment, will be well rewarded.
- The entire paper is expected to be a minimum of 6 typed pages, double-spaced, with 12 point-font & one-inch margins. Please use a title page (in addition to the 6 minimum required pages of text). You are expected to list at least8-10 good, reliable sources on a reference page correctly formatted according to the APA or Chicago citation styles (please refer to http://www.gpc.edu/library/citations.html). Papers must be submitted as MS-Word docs by noon, on the due date listed on your syllabus (and our iCollege class calendar) using Turn-It-In (class id & password will be posted within the iCollege widget for this assignment). LATE PAPER WILL LOSE 10 POINTS FOR EACH CLASS DAY LATE—UP TO TWO CLASS DAYS. BEYOND THAT IS A 0.
- Finally, Your paper should be posted to our designated iCollege discussion board– as a Final Class Presentation— by the due date listed on our syllabus– and iCollege calendar. Students must also read/comment on the papers of at least two (2) of your fellow students– on the project’s iCollege discussion board– prior to the scheduled beginning of our Final Exam!
- Students are further encouraged to upload their completed papers to “Portfolium” in order to publicize the quality of their work for potential, future employers. https://success.students.gsu.edu/portfolium/(Please see the widget for the Research/Civic Engagement project on our iCollege class page!). Good luck, and enjoy this!