Welcome to the final assignment!
This assignment is a summary of your research project. It is the culmination of your work on the Week 2 and Week 6 assignments. Below you will find an outline of how to construct your paper. You are allowed to use your Week 2 and Week 6 assignments here because they’re part of the same project for the same class. Just be sure to incorporate previous feedback to avoid losing points. Your paper should not be longer than 2 pages plus References. Please assemble the following sections in a document:
Part 1: Introduction (1 paragraph)
Introduce the research topic and why it’s worth serving as a research topic. What was the problem you were setting out to explore? Why does the topic matter?
At the end of the introduction, present your research question.
The last thing to add is the most important part: your main argument. This is a one-sentence statement that essentially seeks to answer the research question with an evidence-based position on the matter. It’s a claim that you can make based on the evidence you assembled in your research; the purpose of the rest of the paper is to explain and support that one position with evidence. Keep in mind it’s fully acceptable to recognize competing perspectives or to acknowledge aspects of the matter that have no easy answer. There is not always an easy explanation for the topics we research in Global Studies or International Relations. For this reason, your goal is to support the position with evidence, as opposed to proving the claim to be absolutely true. You are not trying to force the reader to convert to your perspective or be provocative. Rather, you’re seeking to get your readers to be convinced that your position is supportable and legitimate because of your evidence, even if they may still hold a different position of their own. Section 3 will show that you’re offering an evidence-based argument rather than an opinion or a personal impression.
In doubt about your statement? Feel free to message the instructor to check on it.
Part 2: Presentation of Three Perspectives (3 paragraphs)
The sign of a good researcher and scholar is the ability to recognize the merits of different views rather than only seeing things one way. In this section, describe three different points of view on your research topic/thesis, all of which are to be found in your research. Your discussion must reference reputable sources to support each of these perspectives. In other words, don’t simply say “some people think x.” Instead, quote and paraphrase from sources that illustrate that fact.
Part 3 Conclusion and the Relevance of the Findings to Global Citizenship (1-2 paragraphs)
You’re almost done!
A conclusion is not a summary that repeats the points you already made, nor it is a description of what’s in the paper. In this section, offer any final remarks, observations, or insights on the topic. If there are areas that require further research, you can mention these and even chart out what research questions should naturally follow your work. If there are areas that you wanted to address but could not for various reasons (lack of sources, a shift of direction in your topic, etc.), you can indicate that here.
In the Week 2 topic assignment, you aimed to pick a topic that was relevant to the field of Global Studies and/or International Relations. To underscore why your project matters, spell out what it lends to global citizenship and these fields of study. Support your claims about global citizenship with evidence from our class readings on these topics. What actions should a global citizen or organization take in response to reading your findings?
Part 4 Afterword: A Reflection on Research (1 paragraph)
This is an easy part. Now that you’ve finished your project, let’s take a minute to take stock of what you can take forward and to identify any lingering questions you have about research or information literacy.
Reflect upon the research process you’ve gone through in this class, addressing questions such as:
What obstacles did you encounter during the research process? How did you address them?
Which specific sources (e.g., a particular scholarly journal article) and access tools (e.g., a specific database) did you find the most/least helpful and why?
What questions/issues/problems do you still have regarding conducting academic research?
What relationship do you see between information literacy, lifelong learning, and global citizenship (make sure to clearly define your terms!)? Check out the assigned reading (Week 8) on lifelong learning.
These kinds of questions are designed to help you become more cognizant of what you learned over the course of the class and what you still need to improve upon. Awareness of your information literacy strengths and weaknesses can further enhance learning, enabling you to be more intentional and systematic in your efforts to become more effective and efficient researchers.
Provide complete references for all sources cited in the paper. The citations should be Chicago Author-Date style. Here is a link:
It’s always important to include your name and the date in a document for any assignment, but you are not required to include a full title page for this project. However, if you want the practice, you can include a title page. Either way, it’s recommended to think of a title to represent your work.
The paper must be in Times font, 12 size, and double spaced with 1-inch margins. It’s recommended to use headings for each part. You can customize the names of the headings to fit your topic.
Sources 1: Henderson, Timothy J. Beyond borders: A history of Mexican migration to the United States. Vol. 13. John Wiley & Sons, 2011.
Source2: Jeffrey S. Passel, D’vera Cohn, And Ana Gonzalez-Barrera. Migration between the U.S. and Mexico. Pew Research Center, https://www.pewresearch.org/hispanic/2012/04/23/ii-migration-between-the-u-s-and-mexico/
sources3: Guerra, Gustavo. Mexico, United States: Agreement on Migration Concluded. Library of Congress Law. 2019, https://www.loc.gov/law/foreign-news/article/mexico-united-states-agreement-on-migration-concluded/
sources4: Campbell, MacKinnon, and Stevens 2010, An Introduction to Global Studies page
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