For this paper, choose a policy issue that interests you. It can be a US domestic policy issue, such as immigration or health care, an international policy issue such as terrorism or nuclear security, or a California state policy issue such as education funding or carbon emissions regulation (just to name a few).
- First, research the issue using newspaper or magazine articles, to get an overview and background information on the issue.
- Next, research different proposals for policy change, or support or criticism of current U.S. or California government policy on this issue using media and scholarly sources. You must use a minimum of 8 sources for this paper, including at least 3 scholarly sources.
- Write a 4 page paper (not including title page or reference list; approximately 1000 words, double-spaced, 12 point font, 1 inch margins) that includes the following:
- An introduction and description of the issue – why is this issue interesting and important? What is happening with this issue right now?
- A description and critical evaluation of the different policy proposals, or support/criticism of the current policy. What are the different arguments on either side of this issue? Which political parties or interest groups support different positions on this issue, and why?
- Finally, describe your own position on this issue. What do you think U.S. or state government policy on this issue should be, and why? (Note: This last section of the paper is where you should express your own “take” on the issue. In the earlier parts of the paper, you should provide an objective, balanced consideration of the issue based on facts and evidence– NOT just your opinion.)
- Be sure to cite all sources in the text where appropriate using either APA or Chicago (Author/Date) Style, AND in a works cited page at the end of the paper (not counted in the 1000 words/4 pages).