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Unformatted text preview: Making of the Modern World 6 Spring 2008 Writing Assignment All Tracks Writing Assignment Schedule The writing assignment will be completed in three stages according to the schedule below: Research Question & Annotated Bibliography (RQAB): Due at the beginning of section during Week 3 (Apr. 1418) Prospectus: Due at the beginning of section during Week 6 (May 59) Final Paper: Due at the beginning of section during Week 10 (June 26) The Writing Prompt MMW 6 covers a period in world history (1917present) that reveals a growing integration then disintegration in the 20th century world system, ending with reflections on the challenges facing the 21st century world. In MMW 6, you are required to submit an eightten page research paper that advances and supports an argument on a topic relevant to and significant for MMW 6. If your topic includes the United States, however, you may only submit a paper that addresses US interaction with some other part of the world (no USonly topics will be approved). You will research and write on a scholarly debate about any idea, problem and/or topic (within the time frame of MMW 6) that you find significant and that you believe should be significant to your reader. In your paper, you will identify and clarify a debate among scholars, and you will enter into the debate by advancing an argument that you think best appeals to reason, clarifies or solves a problem, promotes better understanding, or corrects errors in thinking about your topic. In this way you are modifying or contributing to the scholarship and to current thinking on the topic. You may use the attached list of topics as a guideline for selecting a topic, and you should consult the reference materials on the MMW Research Tool or at the MMW High Use Table at Geisel Library to help you narrow your topic and develop an appropriate research question. ASSIGNMENT SEQUENCE 5% RESEARCH QUESTION AND ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY (RQAB) 35 pages; due at beginning of section during Week 3 (Apr. 1418) Research Question: In one or two paragraphs, state the topic of your paper and the precise research question that your paper will answer. Remember that your research question must be a Level 3 question: a question that can be researched and supported with scholarly research, but that cannot be definitively answered. Be sure to include citations where necessary (e.g., when you introduce facts, ideas, and arguments drawn from sources you have read). Annotated Bibliography: Complete an annotated bibliography for 6 sources related to your question. The Annotated Bibliography should demonstrate your familiarity with each source and should show why it is useful to your question. It should have 1) an overview of each author and source; 2) an overview of its main arguments on your topic; and 3) a discussion of how it could be used to formulate an answer to your Research Question. Follow the model for preparing the Annotated Bibliography that is available on the MMW Course Web Site. You must complete the RQAB and your research question must be approved by your TA for the final paper to be graded. 1 10% 20% PROSPECTUS 3 pages (not including Works Cited Page) Due at beginning of section during Week 6 (May 59) The purpose of your prospectus is to: (1) state your tentative thesis (the answer to your question), (2) outline the evidence that you will use to argue for that thesis, and (3) indicate a plausible counter argument and your tentative response to that counterargument. This will require that you complete a substantial amount of your research before sitting down to write the prospectus. The prospectus should be thorough and detailed enough to be a wellprepared plan for your final paper. Replace your Annotated Bibliography with a Works Cited Page of all works related to your project. Include a photocopy of the title page of each source you list and a photocopy of each page from which you cite. You may follow the model for preparing the prospectus that is available on the MMW web site. FINAL PAPER 810 pages (not including Works Cited Page) Due at the beginning of section during Week 10 (June 26) Submit a research paper that poses a Level3 research question, describes at least two scholarly approaches to that question, evaluates the evidence and approaches of other scholars to your question, and advances one argument as more convincing than the other(s) by rebutting counterarguments or pointing out their weaknesses. Final papers written on questions not approved by your TA will not be accepted. Please submit a photocopy of each page from your sources; label each photocopy with the author and title of the source. MMW Style Sheet To avoid formatting and MLA penalties on your papers, consult the MMW Style Sheet (on the MMW website) and Ann Raimes, Keys for Writers. Important: Your Final Paper will only be graded after the Research Question has been approved and the RQAB and Prospectus have been completed and graded by your TA. Moreover, you must resubmit previously graded assignments along with each new assignment (for instance, your graded RQAB with your Prospectus; your graded RQAB and Prospectus with your Final Paper). Save all of your graded work! 2 Getting Started These suggested areas are not narrow enough topics for your research, but might get you started in your research. Continue to narrow your topic and find a scholarly debate within your topic. Pay attention to questions that you ask while reading about your topic these might lead to a good research question. You are not limited to this list. Agriculture Americanization Architecture Art Astronomy Childhood, childrearing practices Christianity Citizenship (conceptions of) Colonization Commerce Communications Computer technology Conservation Consumerism Countercolonization Crafts Dance Decolonization Democracy Demographics/Population Dictators Disease; epidemics Ecology Economics Education Empire (conceptions of) Environment Family structure Fathers, role(s) and/or status of Feminism(s) Food (feasting, dietary practices, manners) Foreign policy Fundamentalism Gender (conceptions of) Genocide Globalization Government Health Human rights Identity (conceptions of) Ideology Immigration Imperialism (political, cultural, ecological) Information technology Islam Jihad Language Law Leisure activities Literature Love (representations of) Markets, merchants Marriage (conceptions of) Martyrdom Mathematics Medicine, medical practices Migration Military institutions Mothers, role(s) and/or status of Movements (social, political, cultural) Music Nationalism (national identity) Natural disasters Natural resources Nomads Philosophy Politics; political systems Psychology; psychiatry Religion Race (classification and/or conceptions of) Revolution (political, social, cultural, sexual, green) Science Secularism Sexuality (conceptions of ) Slavery Social life Space Sports Taxation Technology Terrorism Theatre "Third World" Torture Trade Transportation Travel Urbanization Utopia War; World War Warfare; military strategy Potential Research Areas, MMW 6 Spring 2008 Critical Reading for Your MMW Paper Read the preface, introduction, and conclusion to search for debates. Ask yourself (and note the answers): Why did the author write this book/article? Who/What is she agreeing or disagreeing with? What's significant about his argument? Reading as a conversation talk back, interrupt, react! When you read, think of yourself as entering into a conversation with the authors. Watch for places where the author expresses an argument that is different from something else you've read 3 or learned about the topic. If you were sitting in a caf or bar, listening to these authors speak, where would want to jump in with: Questions? mark these in the margins with a "?" Contradictions/Tensions? "that's not what X says about that;" "that's different from what I thought about that"; Confusions? "What?" Reactions? "hmmmm. . . that's curious," "that's interesting;" "I wonder why that is?"; I wonder why the author said it like that?"; "that's ridiculous"; "I totally agree with that" These areas of curiosity, contradiction, and tension are often where you will find a topic that is significant to you (and might then be to your reader), and where you are likely to find a scholarly debate. Talk back to your authors in the margins of your (photocopied) texts. Mark passages you think are important, new points in an argument, pieces of supporting evidence, summaries of opposing views, important analogies. What Makes Your Topic or Research Significant? The Topic: Pick a topic you care about. It will be easier to explain its significance to your reader if it's significant to you. The Arguments: Whether it's your own argument or an argument made by another scholar, you should be able to explain to your reader how the argument that you are advancing helps them understand the issues/topic better because it: Solves conflicting interpretations about it Addresses faulty explanations about it Uses sources in a better/different way Fills a gap in the research Proposes a new way of looking at the topic The Paper: Throughout your paper, and again in your conclusion, demonstrate to your reader the significance of your approach to the topic/debate, how it advances their understanding, how it explores a contestable issue and advances the best answer to a difficult question or problem. Tell your reader the costs/implications of not knowing about or misunderstanding your topic as you presented it. Think about . . . Your Message (How can I make my argument strong? How can I find the best reasons & support them with the best evidence? What do I want my reader to learn?) The Reader (How can I appeal to my reader's values, interests, and needs to make my argument convincing?) The Writer/You (How do I present myself effectively? How can I enhance my credibility & trustworthiness?) 4 ...
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course MMW 6 taught by Professor Chang during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.

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