a) Research proposal and tentative bibliography: 5%, Due September 30th
Students will submit a 3-4 page (740-1000 words) research proposal along with a tentative list of sources. Your tentative bibliography should include at least 3 primary sources and 6-8 secondary sources. Research proposals should describe the topic, the main research question that you hope to investigate and a brief discussion how your sources will contribute to your research paper. You will present your research topic on the day the proposal is due.
b) Historiographical essay (literature review): 10%, Due October 14th
Students will submit a 3-4 page (1000-1250 words) historiographical essay addressing key arguments and issues presented in 3-4 scholarly works on your topic. You should then frame your research question within the existing literature and discuss the ways in which your research will change, challenge, contribute to or expand the existing scholarly literature on your topic.
c) Primary source analysis and presentation: 10%, Due October 21st
Students will submit (and present) a 4-5 page (1000-1250 words) analysis of at least two primary sources for their research project and discuss the questions these sources raise for their research topic.
d) Introductory paragraphs and draft outline: 5%, Due November 11th
Students will submit first few pages of their research papers. These pages must introduce their topic, their research question, a working thesis as well as a road map for the rest of the paper. It should also include at least one footnote (There will be a footnote contest!). We will discuss them in class.
e) Annotated research bibliography: 10%, Due November 18th
Students will submit a 3-4 page annotated bibliography, including at least 3 primary sources and 7 to 9 secondary sources.
f) Draft paper, presentation and peer review: 10%, Due November 18th-December 2nd
Students will submit an 8-10 page (2000-2500 words) draft paper. Draft papers must contain clearly stated arguments and appropriate documentation. Papers will be presented in class, and discussed and critiqued by fellow students in the last two weeks of the class. Students will be divided into groups and which will read each other’s work and provide comments and feedback.
g) Final polished research paper: 20%, Due December 16th, 5:00pm
Final papers must be 12-15 pages (3000-3700) in length, plus a bibliography of sources consulted. Papers must have a well-organized coherent narrative that uses evidence from primary sources to substantiate a clearly argued thesis and should include a discussion of historiographical issues.
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