PAPER TOPICS PS 101
Paper Topics (Pick One):
The United States Constitution provides for a Republican/representative form of democracy yet
many states and localities allow for direct democracy through ballot initiatives, referendum, and
recall. Develop a paper in which you identify and assess arguments in favor and against both
representative and direct democracy. Drawing on your assessments of representative and direct
democracy, develop an argument in which you advocate for one form of democracy over another.
Do not equivocate. There is no right or wrong answer.
Paper Topics PS 101 Garay 1. A hard copy of this paper is due Thursday, Aug 20, 2020 at the beginning of lecture. 2. Only one of the assigned topics may be used as the basis for the paper. No combining topics or making
up your own. 3. You must respond to all aspects of the topic that you pick. 4. The essay should be typed, double-spaced and between 7 and 10 pages exclusive of the title page,
footnotes, and references. 5. Each page should have one inch margins. 6. Spelling and grammar should accord with correct American usage. 7. Writing Counts. If you cannot clearly convey your understanding, it may indicate that you do not
actually understand the material. Do not use ambiguous language. Your audience for this paper is an educated individual who is not familiar with the material of the course.
8. Font should be 12 point Times New Roman. No exceptions. (Microsoft Word now defaults to Cambria, change this.)
9. The essay should include a title page with a title, your name, and topic selected. Do not put your name elsewhere on the paper (e.g., a heading). We want you to remain anonymous when we grade your paper.
10. The paper should be stapled. No paperclips or glossy binders. 11. Make sure you have a copy for your own records. 12. You must use a proper method of citation. The Chicago Manual of Style is preferred, but MLA is
acceptable. 13. Proper documentation involves identifying instances when you copy from another work by enclosing
the copied information in quotation marks, and by indicating the source of the copied information. When you paraphrase the work of another, or draw substantially on the ideas of another, you must also indicate that with a reference. Failure to provide proper citations in a way that represents the work of another as your own is plagiarism and will result in severe consequences.
14. Your argument is to be constructed by carefully reading the relevant texts. Do not cite the professor. Your best and only defense is to be found in the relevant texts. The purpose of this exercise is to have you construct an argument by engaging the texts and formulating a defensible interpretation 15. Late papers will be penalized in a manner that you do not even want to think about. It is your responsibility to turn the paper in on time.
16. Annotated Bibliography use a minimum of four scholarly books or papers. 16. Because the paper topics are available several weeks in advance of when they are due, there is no valid excuse for being late. Due Dates:. Outline or Annotated Bibliography 8.3.20 (10% of Paper Grade) Final Paper 8.20.20 (90% of Paper Grade) Paper Topics (Pick One): The United States Constitution provides for a Republican/representative form of democracy yet many states and localities allow for direct democracy through ballot initiatives, referendum, and recall. Develop a paper in which you identify and assess arguments in favor and against both representative and direct democracy. Drawing on your assessments of representative and direct democracy, develop an argument in which you advocate for one form of democracy over another. Do not equivocate. There is no right or wrong answer.
In looking at 2016 Presidential Campaign what made the candidacies of both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump so unusual? What were the strengths and weakness of both candidacies ? What role, if any, did economic inequality play? Will these candidacies’ have a long-term impact on American Politics?
Describe the current coalitions of the Democratic and Republican Party and the development of these coalitions since 1920’s. What tensions exist within these parties? How are these tensions reflected in the candidacies of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016, and Joe Biden in 2020?
The Black Lives Matter and the attention paid to Police Killing of civilians have highlighted problems in the Criminal Justice System in regard to race. What role has Race placed in the development of Civil Right in United States? Beyond criminal justice what other areas are the rights of racial minorities under threat historically and today?
Why has economic inequality important became a more prominent issue in last ten to fifteen years? What role has government placed in increasing inequality? Do lawmakers give preference to the concerns of certain groups over others? What impact does lobbying and money in politics have on lawmakers?