Paper Guidelines [PLEASE FOLLOW IT BY 100%]
Audience: Write the paper at a level understandable by an average student in this class.
Length: About 10 typewritten pages (12-point font, double spaced, 1-inch borders).
Dates: Turn in a topic statement (one paragraph) and a preliminary bibliography. [TOPIC STILL TO BE DECIDED]
Objectives: Preparing the paper should be one of the most rewarding experiences. If your paper is done properly, it should serve several purposes:
Topics: The following topics are acceptable for your term paper. Whatever topics you choose, your paper should present at least two opposing perspectives on any
issue or topic. Your paper should also present critiques on each perspective. They include the following:
1. One option is to write an historical survey of economic theories or philosophies on a particular topic. Topics that you may find interesting would include
population growth, environmental protection, determination of wages (or rent or profits), effects of colonialism, arguments for protectionism, economics of
education or health, philosophies of taxation, etc. These are only a few of the possibilities; choose a topic that is interesting to you. In this case, you might begin by
exploring whether the topic was aIDressed by ancient authors (Greeks, Romans, Bible, etc.), and then you can move forward through time to review its treatment by
classical economists (Adam Smith and his followers) and modern authors.
2. Since most of this course is about economic thought in the Western world, you may want to write your paper about economics ideas in some other region.
You could, for example, write a paper about the economic ideas that have been influential in East Asia (including, for example, ideas derived from Confucianism) or
the MiIDle East (including, for example, economic concepts in the Koran).
Please observe the following guidelines:
1. To make the organization of your paper clear to the reader, provide an introductory paragraph that summarizes the outline of the paper, provide a clear
statement of conclusions, make careful transitions between paragraphs in the body of the paper, and make effective use of subheadings.
2. Avoid excessive use of direct quotations. Generally, when you use information from one of your sources, you should rephrase it into your own words, and
give proper credit to the original author. By using your own words, you can maintain consistency of style and coherence of argument. Use direct quotations only
when there is something significant about the original wording. For example, you may want to include an important quotation by a national leader (John F. Kennedy
said, Ask not what your country can do for you
) or a witty statement by an author (John Maynard Keynes said, In the long run, we are all dead).
3. There is nothing more boring than a paper that provides a long parade of facts without any interpretation. Include your own analysis of the information,
explaining its significance. Again, be sure to include a clear statement of your own conclusions.
4. In this course, you probably will not present a lot of statistical information in your paper. As a general rule, however, you should use statistics only to
illustrate or prove a point, not to make a point. For example, you may make the general statement, The standard of living has been declining in CountryX during
the past decade. Then you can use statistics (GDP per capita, infant mortality, etc.) to prove that point. Do not provide a long list of statistics without explaining
Your grade on the paper will depend on its satisfaction of the purposes listed above. In particular:
20% Originality: You must discuss with me about your topic and get approval by no later than Oct 14.
10% Relevance of topic and application of course concepts.
40% Analysis: 1) Your paper should present clear comparisons and explanations of different perspectives throughout history, 2) Your paper should present in-
depth analyses and critiques on each perspective. (20% each)
10% References: Your information should be drawn from a broad variety of sources. Do not use unreliable sources. Your sources should be approved in
20% Elegance: Your paper will be examined for the strength of its form, style, spelling, punctuation, and grammar. (zero credit on this part if your paper does
not have introduction and conclusion)
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