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Throughout the semester, you have seen various ways the different rights of indi

Throughout the semester, you have seen various ways the different rights of individuals (citizenship,
social and political) within countries have been hurt either through direct state policy, control by the elite
or groups of individuals against the expansion of rights to other groups. You will apply this knowledge to
write an editorial article (intended for the general public who read newspapers) in which you explore why
a country of your choice has seen its level of democracy (or how much rights citizens have) decline in
recent years.
GENERAL SOURCES: To help you choose a country, you can use Freedom House’s freedom in the
world score and its reports:
https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2022/global-expansion-authoritarian-rule
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_in_the_World
To have some general background about the country, you can explore the above Freedomhouse website,
but also use the CIA factbook:
https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/
For the academic source, use jstor, Academic Search Complete, Google Scholar, One Search or a
database you feel comfortable with to do a search. Use the name of the country with keywords such as
democracy, citizenship rights, authoritarianism etc…You only need one well-written academic source.
You are also expected to use at least 2 sources from our course. Even if they are not directly about your
country they will help give a general framework.
STRUCTURE AND CONTENT OF THE EDITORIAL
1) Summarize the information that you found about the country to a general public by, for instance,
touching on issues of whose rights are being violated, why has democracy been hurt in recent
years etc…(about one page)
2) Explain to the reader (1) how some of the perspectives we have seen and the additional source
you will have found can help explain the changes in rights (about two pages) (2) how the new
source you found further highlights the usefulness of this framework.
3) Offer a solution, based on your analysis, of how this can be improved. Are there political elites
who should be pressured by the international community? Are there groups who should be
protected? Can there be social changes brought so that the country is more equal?
Tips for each section:
1) For section 1. Remember, you do not want to bore the reader with too much information, but you
also want to share some information with someone who does not have access to the same
information. Instead of saying COUNTRY A’s freedom house score decreased, try to give two
figures that show that it is low or has decreased. You can further give a vivid example of how
someone or a group has been impacted by the change.
2) For section 2, make sure that you give enough background to understand the perspectives we
have seen without getting into too much detail. For instance you can say something like
Quadagno (a sociologist) has demonstrated that state policy hurts policy rights or something like
Mann has shown that struggle over economic resources has led to violence between groups
etc…to then link to a description of what is going on today.
3) For section 3. Think about what kinds of solutions would be easy to implement. It could be
programs to help minorities, ways to provide incentives to the political elite to change their ways
etc…
General tips
Familiarize yourselves with the tone of a newspaper editorial written by experts. For instance, you can
create a free NYtimes account through the library website or consult other news outlets like
https://theconversation.com/us. Do not forget that you are writing for an audience that might need
information to understand what you are talking about, give enough information (do not assume you are
writing for me who already knows the topic). Use the ASA citation guide to reference sources and the
information you provide. Your argument should be clear, make sure that you have enough time at the end
of the semester to edit your work, to ask a friend to reread it or to go to the writing center.
DUE DATES: November 30 or earlier Mini Assignment (for feedback)
December 20 Final version

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Political science : Political Science

Throughout the semester, you have seen various ways the different rights of indi

Throughout the semester, you have seen various ways the different rights of individuals (citizenship,
social and political) within countries have been hurt either through direct state policy, control by the elite
or groups of individuals against the expansion of rights to other groups. You will apply this knowledge to
write an editorial article (intended for the general public who read newspapers) in which you explore why
a country of your choice has seen its level of democracy (or how much rights citizens have) decline in
recent years.
GENERAL SOURCES: To help you choose a country, you can use Freedom House’s freedom in the
world score and its reports:
https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2022/global-expansion-authoritarian-rule
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_in_the_World
To have some general background about the country, you can explore the above Freedomhouse website,
but also use the CIA factbook:
https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/
For the academic source, use jstor, Academic Search Complete, Google Scholar, One Search or a
database you feel comfortable with to do a search. Use the name of the country with keywords such as
democracy, citizenship rights, authoritarianism etc…You only need one well-written academic source.
You are also expected to use at least 2 sources from our course. Even if they are not directly about your
country they will help give a general framework.
STRUCTURE AND CONTENT OF THE EDITORIAL
1) Summarize the information that you found about the country to a general public by, for instance,
touching on issues of whose rights are being violated, why has democracy been hurt in recent
years etc…(about one page)
2) Explain to the reader (1) how some of the perspectives we have seen and the additional source
you will have found can help explain the changes in rights (about two pages) (2) how the new
source you found further highlights the usefulness of this framework.
3) Offer a solution, based on your analysis, of how this can be improved. Are there political elites
who should be pressured by the international community? Are there groups who should be
protected? Can there be social changes brought so that the country is more equal?
Tips for each section:
1) For section 1. Remember, you do not want to bore the reader with too much information, but you
also want to share some information with someone who does not have access to the same
information. Instead of saying COUNTRY A’s freedom house score decreased, try to give two
figures that show that it is low or has decreased. You can further give a vivid example of how
someone or a group has been impacted by the change.
2) For section 2, make sure that you give enough background to understand the perspectives we
have seen without getting into too much detail. For instance you can say something like
Quadagno (a sociologist) has demonstrated that state policy hurts policy rights or something like
Mann has shown that struggle over economic resources has led to violence between groups
etc…to then link to a description of what is going on today.
3) For section 3. Think about what kinds of solutions would be easy to implement. It could be
programs to help minorities, ways to provide incentives to the political elite to change their ways
etc…
General tips
Familiarize yourselves with the tone of a newspaper editorial written by experts. For instance, you can
create a free NYtimes account through the library website or consult other news outlets like
https://theconversation.com/us. Do not forget that you are writing for an audience that might need
information to understand what you are talking about, give enough information (do not assume you are
writing for me who already knows the topic). Use the ASA citation guide to reference sources and the
information you provide. Your argument should be clear, make sure that you have enough time at the end
of the semester to edit your work, to ask a friend to reread it or to go to the writing center.
DUE DATES: November 30 or earlier Mini Assignment (for feedback)
December 20 Final version

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For this discussion, you will be discussing a current political topic/event/issu

For this discussion, you will be discussing a current political topic/event/issue in American politics. You should: summarize it, explain what level of government is involved (federal, state, local), and then propose a solution that could address the problem. Since this should be a current event, you should use two sources outside the textbook and link them at the end of your post.

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Consider the question of justice. How does justice look like in Plato’s Kallipol

Consider the question of justice. How does justice look like in Plato’s Kallipolis, in Hobbes’ Leviathan, in Bodin’s Patriacha (type of society), and in Locke’s society governed by social contract? [Compare and contrast them]. In which of these societies would you prefer to live and why?

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For this discussion, you will be discussing a current political topic/event/issu

For this discussion, you will be discussing a current political topic/event/issue in American politics. You should: summarize it, explain what level of government is involved (federal, state, local), and then propose a solution that could address the problem. Since this should be a current event, you should use two sources outside the textbook and link them at the end of your post.

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Consider the question of justice. How does justice look like in Plato’s Kallipol

Consider the question of justice. How does justice look like in Plato’s Kallipolis, in Hobbes’ Leviathan, in Bodin’s Patriacha (type of society), and in Locke’s society governed by social contract? [Compare and contrast them]. In which of these societies would you prefer to live and why?

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Based upon the major theories, recurring themes, and traditional influences on U

Based upon the major theories, recurring themes, and traditional influences on U.S. foreign policy, what approach do you see U.S. policy pursuing in the future? Explain.

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Based upon the major theories, recurring themes, and traditional influences on U

Based upon the major theories, recurring themes, and traditional influences on U.S. foreign policy, what approach do you see U.S. policy pursuing in the future? Explain.

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Last time you did a rough publish for me and now you will turn that in to a final

Last time you did a rough publish for me and now you will turn that in to a final paper but expand on it more. It’ll be the same prompt as last time,
Respond to the following claim: “An intersectional approach is the best way to understand
women’s political preferences and needs.”
The more evidence you can marshal in your favor, and the more compellingly you can
rebut the claims of the other side, the stronger your argument will be.
• Note that you must do both to have a strong argument. Only stating evidence in favor of
one side makes a paper weaker than one that can persuade the reader while
acknowledging the strengths of the other side and its own limitations.
A common format for argument papers is Thesis – Antithesis – Synthesis.
• What this means is that you will state your argument and the evidence in support of it
first.
• Then you will provide the strongest possible version of the arguments against your side.
• Finally, you will show how the other side’s claims are either weaker than your own, or can
be integrated (synthesized) with your own, and what the reader should take away as a
result.
You should cite at least four different sources
• 5 pages, double-spaced
• At least 4 cited sources
• Times New Roman, 12-pt font w/1” margins

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Last time you did a rough draft for me and now you will turn that in to a final

Last time you did a rough draft for me and now you will turn that in to a final paper but expand on it more. It’ll be the same prompt as last time,
Respond to the following claim: “An intersectional approach is the best way to understand
women’s political preferences and needs.”
The more evidence you can marshal in your favor, and the more compellingly you can
rebut the claims of the other side, the stronger your argument will be.
• Note that you must do both to have a strong argument. Only stating evidence in favor of
one side makes a paper weaker than one that can persuade the reader while
acknowledging the strengths of the other side and its own limitations.
A common format for argument papers is Thesis – Antithesis – Synthesis.
• What this means is that you will state your argument and the evidence in support of it
first.
• Then you will provide the strongest possible version of the arguments against your side.
• Finally, you will show how the other side’s claims are either weaker than your own, or can
be integrated (synthesized) with your own, and what the reader should take away as a
result.
You should cite at least four different sources
• 5 pages, double-spaced
• At least 4 cited sources
• Times New Roman, 12-pt font w/1” margins