Argumentative Outline: You can either write up a paragraph explaining your
thesis and how you are going to defend it or make a point from outline. Either
way, what you thought you were going to do is likely to change as you fill in
the details. This is fine. I just want to see clear evidence well in advance of
the final due date for the paper that you are thinking about the project and in
particular in its argumentative structure.
Length: 1500 –
- Papers should
have a clear thesis and should be focused on arguing for this thesis. This
said, there is a range of options when it comes to what kind of thesis you
defend. An obvious option is to defend a position in some debate that we have
discussed in class. Another option is treat the paper as more of a research
project. In the case of the latter, it is still important to have a clear
thesis and that the paper is focused on defending the thesis.
- Paper should
have an obvious argumentative structure and should be written in simple clear
and direct language.
- Paper are chance
to argue a point in a way that potentially includes original ideas and
arguments, but you should do this on a firm foundation of a clear understanding
of some existing work on the relevant topic.
- An obvious
trajectory for developing a paper is that something catches your attention in
an assigned reading; you give the issue further thought in class; you do some
additional reading, thining and talking to me and or your classmates; and then
you work up your ideas into a short but polished paper. A slightly different
strategy is to build on some debate or line of argument that already exists in
the literature but that goes beyond what we have covered in class. This has the
benefit of giving you a chance to show that you can do some independent
research and reading.
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