DUE Tue 10/06 (Part 1) and Sun 10/11 (Part 2): Short Writing Assignment No. 2. [UPDATED 9/23]
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Short Writing Assignment No. 2 (due dates below). This assignment takes advantage of the 2020 Presidential election to foster written debate and dialogue among class members and to relate course readings and lectures to debates in American politics. The dialogue should of course be respectful. The assignment has two steps:
Due to the course website by 11:59pm on Tuesday, October 6. Post a blog of approximately 1000 words. Identify a candidate in a House or Senate race and find one of their positions that addresses some aspect of the large societal trends we have discussed in class—income and wealth inequality, changes in voting rights, money in politics, changes in gender roles, poverty and unemployment, slow wage growth. Make the best argument you can in favor of the candidate’s position, using evidence from lectures and readings. You may also use outside sources, but you do not need to. Back up your arguments about current developments with appropriate specific references to empirical findings or arguments we have explored in readings, lectures, or section discussions. We encourage you to link your analysis to online commentary, debate, or news articles that illustrate the argument you are making. Try to be as persuasive as possible at making the case for the position. You should also include best possible rejoinders and facts the strongest opponent of your candidate could make and give your candidate’s response to them.
Due to the course website by 11:59pm on Sunday, October 11. Post comments of approximately 250 words each on two different classmates’ blog posts. You can comment on the argument, either agreeing or disagreeing with it. Or you can add new evidence to support or refute your classmates’ arguments.
Use REPLY button below to enter your blog post by Tue 10/06.
After Tue 10/06, return here to post comments by Sun 10/11 on two classmates' blog posts.
Late assignments. Ordinarily, tardy assignments will lose one grade level for each day or fraction of a day in their delayed arrival. In other words, a B-plus assignment handed in two days late will receive the grade of B-minus. New deadlines are possible if a student misses a deadline due to properly documented illness or difficulties associated with the pandemic crisis.
Course Collaboration Policy. Grades for the two collaborative short writing assignments will be assigned to all students in the group. For the two individual short writing assignments, the quizzes, and the course final assignment, each person is expected to present his or her own work. Discussion is always encouraged, but when doing individual work on writing assignments or exams, students should not exchange written outlines or texts. Work presented by an individual student must always properly cite quotations and indicate sources of evidence for each claim. Although materials beyond the course may be used, students are expected to master the course readings and cite parts of them where relevant.
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