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Final Research Paper Assignment


The following research paper assignment will provide students with the opportunity to explore a topic of interest to them that is related to women’s (gender) studies that has not been covered in class.  The paper will demonstrate students’ ability to gather, analyze, and present research on a women’s studies topic and apply it to personal life as well as society at large.

 Part I: Research Topic

Students will choose and submit a topic to the instructor via the course eLearn dropbox during the first module. Topics can be anything that is related to the field of women’s studies or gender studies.  After submission of a preliminary topic(s), the instructor will work with the students to focus and refine their topics.  

 Part II: Reference List

Students will submit a tentative list of references to the instructor. The paper requires a minimum of three academic sources.  At least one source must be an article from a professional refereed journal (professional refereed journals contain articles that have been reviewed and critiqued by professional peers before they are published). Readings and other materials assigned in class may be used but will not count toward the three required resources.

Part III: Working Outline

Third, students will construct and submit a working outline to the instructor. At this point in the assignment the student should be able to clearly highlight the major parts of the paper.  Upon reading the outline the instructor should have a clear understanding of the topic and the argument that the student will be presenting in their final paper. The instructor will provide feedback on the structure and organization of the outline as needed.

Final Paper

The completed final paper will be five full pages of text typed (double-spaced, 12-pt font) using MLA citation style for references. The paper should be submitted to the eLearn dropbox in either Microsoft Word (*.doc or *.docx), Portable Document Format (*.pdf), Rich Text Format (*.rtf) or OpenOffice (*.odt).

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