In the Final Research Paper, you will use your critical
thinking skills to analyze and evaluate a current events topic that has
constitutional and political implications. Select from the list below or
utilize a topic approved by the instructor. The thesis of the paper will be a
statement identifying how the concepts of federalism, civil liberties, and
civil rights are implicated in and affected by this topic.
Equal protection under law
The paper must be eight to ten pages
in length and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least six
scholarly resources (at least five of which can be found in the Ashford
University Library) other than the textbook to support your claims. Cite your
sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page. For
information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford
Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left
Writing the Final Research Paper
The Final Research Paper:
Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length, and
formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing
Must include a title page with the following:
Title of paper
Course name and number
Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a
succinct thesis statement.
Must address the topic of the paper with critical
Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
Must use at least six scholarly resources, including a
minimum of five from the Ashford University Library.
Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in
the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a separate reference page, formatted
according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Would like me to use court cases
Final Research Paper
30 points possible
The student’s analyses a
selected constitutional issue and includes the following content:
description of the constitutional issue.
of the implications for federalism surrounding by this issue.
of the implications for civil rights surrounding by this issue.
of the implications for civil liberties surrounding by this issue.
of the potential future political implications surrounding this issue.
The student includes an
introduction with a clear overview of main points and concise thesis
The student logically
develops the thesis to lead to the conclusion.
The student supports
development with facts, full explanations, and persuasive reasoning.
The student uses his or her
own words (quotations are less than 5% of body).
The student uses logical
paragraph and sentence transitions.
The student uses complete and
The student uses correct
grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
The student includes a
concise conclusion that briefly reviews the main points and overall thesis.
Student’s paper is eight to
ten pages in length, not counting title page and reference page.
The student cites at least
six relevant scholarly articles found in the Ashford Online Library
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