In order to assist you in learning the concepts taught in this class, part of your assignment is to write a term paper, in which you will be asked to perform an in-depth study of a current issue from the field of International Economics.
All the material turned in at any stage has to be typed. The final paper should be at least 12 pages long (Times New Roman, font size 12, a line-and-a-half spacing, one inch margins). While I want you to adhere to these guidelines, please keep in mind that the contents of your work will matter much more than its volume.
Due to the unusually large class size, work on term papers will be ...view middle of the document...
I will do my best to make sure writing this paper results in about the same amount of work for everyone. Therefore, there is no such thing as an “easy topic”. The best way to make the choice is to look for a topic you are interested in, or maybe the one you are more informed about. This will make your work on the paper more enjoyable and will make it easier for you to write a great paper.
The Peterson Institute for International Economics website, http://www.iie.com/ contains a nice overview of today’s ‘hot’ topics in international economics and is overall good source of information and ideas.
Another option is to do a study on the economy of a country or a group of countries you are interested in.
Yet another option is to do an adaptation of a scholarly article that goes beyond the issues we will discuss in class. If you decide to explore such an opportunity, I will consult you on the article selection.
As it happens, the majority of the topics in this field are controversial. Please keep in mind that in the final version of the paper I expect to see not just a compilation of quotes from the media, but – and that is the important part – your analysis of the conflicting opinions on the issue. Even more importantly, I want your personal educated opinion on the issue supported by references to material you will have learned in this course.
A topic can be chosen by one team only, no exceptions. Topics are assigned on the first come first serve basis. You can discuss your choice with me in person or via email.
The deadline for completion of Phase 1 – September 5.
Phase 2. Writing a paper proposal
After the topic is chosen (or, even better, while you are in the process of choosing a topic), you need to search mass media, Washburn libraries collection, and the Internet for the background material you may use while writing the paper. (In some cases, I may be able to help.)
After you get a somewhat clear idea of what your paper will be about, you have to submit a proposal, which must contain:
- a tentative title;
- a brief outline of the topic,
- prevailing viewpoints on the issue(s),
- references found so far (books, articles and URL’s),
- outline of work that you think needs to be done in order to complete the project.
The proposal has to be at least a page long, not counting the bibliography, which at this stage has to include no less than six cited sources.
I will review the proposal and return it to you with my comments.
The deadline for completion of Phase 2 – September 12.
Phase 3. Writing a draft of the paper
The first draft of the paper should have the same structure as the future paper (to the best of your knowledge) but some sections may be no more than a paragraph long for the time being. The draft has to be no less than five pages long, not counting the bibliography page.
The deadline for completion of Phase 3 – October 3.
Phase 4. Second draft
Ideally, the structure and contents...