|Due By (Pacific Time)||11/02/2016 12:00 am|
PSC-201 Research Paper
For the research paper, you will pick an important problem in world politics and design or reform an international institution to address that problem. Specifically, your paper will:
ï‚· Present a clear analysis of the problem, including an examination of the major actors that shape this issue and their goals;
ï‚· Analyze efforts made to date to address your problem (if any) and explain why these have been insufficient;
ï‚· Present a plan whereby the problem might be solved or reduced, either by reforming (an) existing international organization(s) or creating new ones;
ï‚· Explain why the proposed institution or reform will be viable politically and will attract the political support necessary from crucial actors.
ï‚· Finally, state how or why the major powers would support your plan using either the Realist school of thought or the Liberal school of thought. This section should be no longer than one page of the paper.
Good policy making involves devising plans to make things better. Describe why your recommendation for institutional change is the right one to address the problem both technically and politically. Your organization may be an IGO or an NGO. It may be regional or it may be global. It must, however, involve nationals from three or more countries and involve problem- solving efforts that cross borders in some way. If you are uncertain about the suitability of your proposal, check with the professor before you start.
Good papers will be well-informed and clearly argued. This is an exercise in critical thinking and problem-solving. Students will be evaluated on how clearly they have thought through the logic of their chosen problem and whether their proposed solution plausibly remedies or at least ameliorates the problem. Brevity is a virtue, particularly in the policy world.
Papers should be written in clear, correct prose. If you have writing difficulties, be sure you draft your paper early enough that you can seek help from the Writing Center to clean up structure, grammar, and mechanical problems before turning in a final draft. Writing counts in the assessment of the assignment.
All sources must be properly cited in one consistent, recognized format. Proper formats for footnotes or endnotes and bibliography are discussed in The Chicago Manual of Style, the MLA Handbook, and Kate L. Turabian, Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Note that web materials also require full and correct citation. One example of correct web source citation is the APA’s at: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/.
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