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Political Science 101 - INTRODUCTION TO GOVERNMENT - Schander


PURPOSE OF PAPER:    To develop the student’s thought and analytical processes

 TOPIC:                          The topic should be ONE current and controversial issue of political importance facing the federal, state or local government.   

 SOURCES:                    Four or more articles from current, fact-checked news sources (on-line or hard copy) and/or journals that cover national political news.  The articles must be published on or after September 1, 2015.  Students must select topics that are actively in the news and under debate during the course.  The information in the articles should cover opposing points of view on the one issue topic selected for analysis.

 CONTENT:                    The paper should contain the following:

·         An introduction and discussion of the current and controversial topic.

·         An analysis of the political issues discussed in the articles in terms of the current controversies and opposing viewpoints  that affect the people of the United States and their government today.  Use information learned in class to analyze the politics of the issue.

·         An analysis of the positions, motivations and/or objectives of the authors of the articles.  For example, was there a particular political viewpoint being emphasized? If so, in what ways?  If not, how did you determine that the article was unbiased?

·         A discussion of how these articles affected you as the reader.  Did the articles have a direct impact on your perceptions of the American political process?  Did the authors change or reinforce your political views?


LENGTH/FORMAT:         A minimum of 2500 words, approximately 8 pages.  This is the length need to completely analyze and discuss the issues.  The paper must be word-processed in a format accepted by If the paper is not submitted on, it will not be accepted.  No papers will be accepted as hard copy or via e-mail.  Students should maintain a back-up copy of their paper.

GRADING:                   Current Political Relevance of Issue     25 Points

                                    Original Analysis of the Current

                                      Controversy & Opposing Views            35 Points

                                    Incorporation of Course Information        10 Points

                                    Writing Skills                                        20 Points


CITATION/SOURCES:   All research sources used must be cited in accord with the Modern Languages Association format, including a Works Cited page.  If a Works Cited page is omitted or not submitted in MLA format, 15 Points will be deducted from the score for the paper. 

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