- Explain the historical evolution of habeas
corpus, including its English and American traditions. The explanation
of its evolution within the American tradition should include the
general meaning of the right of habeas corpus in the U.S. Constitution
and its relationship to the protection of other civil liberties.
- Provide examples from U.S. history of the suspension of habeas corpus and their applicability to the present.
- Analyze the relevance of habeas corpus to the
contemporary U.S. situation during the war on terror, especially with
respect to persons characterized by as enemy combatants or illegal
- Explain the U.S. Supreme Court's interpretation
of the right of habeas corpus with respect to enemy combatants or
illegal combatants (i.e., the views of the five justices making up the
majority in Boumediene v. Bush as well as the views of the four dissenting justices).
- Evaluate a minimum of four perspectives on this
topic expressed by justices of the Supreme Court, leaders in other
branches of government, and commentators in both the academic and
popular media. Your evaluation should consider perspectives on the
following topics as they relate to habeas corpus:
- The role of the President as Commander-in-Chief.
- The role of Congress in determining when habeas corpus can be suspended.
- The role of the Supreme Court in protecting
civil liberties, including the judicial philosophy which should guide
the Court in this role, and
- In your evaluation, you should also include
your personal philosophy, values, or ideology about the balance between
civil liberties and national security in the context of an unending war
Follow these requirements when writing the Final Paper:
- The body of the paper (excluding the title page and reference page) must be at least 1,500 words long.
- The paper must start with a short introductory
paragraph which includes a clear thesis statement. The thesis statement
must tell readers what the essay will demonstrate.
- The paper must end with a short paragraph that states a conclusion. The conclusion and thesis must be consistent.
- The paper must logically develop the thesis in a
way that leads to the conclusion, and that development must be supported
by facts, fully explained concepts and assertions, and persuasive
- The paper must address all subtopics outlined
above. At least 20% of the essay must focus on subtopic five, listed
above (your evaluation of perspectives on the topic).
- Your paper must cite at least three academic
articles (excluding the course textbook) and at least four other kinds
of sources (e.g., Supreme Court opinions, magazine or newspaper
articles, the course textbook, and reliable websites or videos).
- Use your own words. While brief quotes from
sources may be used, altogether the total amount of quoted text must be
less than five percent of the body of your paper.
- When you use someone else's words, they must be
enclosed in quotation marks followed by an APA in-text short citation
(author, year, and page) to your source. The in-text citation must
correspond to a full APA citation for the source on the reference page
at the end of the essay.
- When you express in your own words someone else's
ideas, arguments or facts, your statement must be followed by an APA
in-text short citation (author, year, and page) to your source. The
in-text citation must correspond to a full APA citation for the source
in the reference page.
- The form of the title page, the body pages, and
the reference page must comply with APA style. Additionally, the title
page must include the course number and name, the instructor's name, and
the date submitted.
- The paper must use logical paragraph and sentence
transitions, complete and clear sentences, and correct grammar,
spelling, and punctuation.
Academic research papers must meet university level standards of quality. What constitutes quality, academic research?
- Primary sources written by experts in the field of study
- Secondary sources supported by research in primary sources
- Credible sources (experts in the area of study)
- Relevant research (materials are pertinent to the area of study)
- Peer-reviewed journal articles (journal articles reviewed by recognized experts in the relevant field of study).
- Educational and government websites (those ending
with a web URL suffix of .edu or .gov) may be appropriate in some cases
but should be evaluated carefully.
Please visit the Academic Research section on your course
homepage (accessible through the Student Responsibilities and Policies
tab on the left navigation toolbar) to review what types of materials
are not acceptable for academic, university level research.
The paper must be at least 1,500 words in length and formatted according
to APA style. Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on
the reference page. For information regarding APA, including samples and