a. General guidelines for paper:

Due on the last day of final exam week.

(20% of your grade): 1,500 words (not counting the footnotes and bibliography), typed (hard copy), double-spaced, with properly documented footnotes and bibliography (at least 15 solid sources).

b. Grading Rubric
http://thelearningprofessor.wikispaces.com/Grading+Rubric

c. Topic selection and content analysis

Think of your paper as a case study.

I want you to gain an understanding of how bureaucratic/political decisions get made by people--not in a vacuum and usually messy--and how those decisions are then critiqued, attacked, and defended (spin control) in our political system.

Take one event from our timelines.
Notice the headings on this timeline:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/yeariniraq/cron/

US side primarily: decisions, power struggles
On the ground in Iraq or Afghanistan as necessary

Try to get at the following:
Who, what, when, where, why, how
What result
What effect

Example of a possible term paper topic:
What were the factors/people/controversies involved in the U.S. decision to disband the Iraqi army in 2003?

How to get your sources:
Follow the leads on our timeline capsule summary (interview)

Use Washington Post and New York Times as base resources.

Use the Lexis Nexis (Lexis Nexis) database for other articles
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZg3tqBC17E&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Different points of view to round out your coverage.

Finding Opinions, Editorials, and Opposing Viewpoints (University of Texas)
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/students/find/findoped.html

Leanings of Magazines and Newspapers (Lorain County Community College)
http://libguides.lorainccc.edu/c.php?g=29395&p=183699

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