Humanitarian Crises

Humanitarian Crises

Students are required to write three policy briefs throughout the quarter. For each policy brief, I will distribute specific questions/topics that you will address in the assignment. Each policy brief is expected to be roughly 4 pages in length but should not exceed 5 pages. Policy briefs can be thought of as a State Department briefing in which you are responsible for informing US leadership about a particular policy area. Because policymakers need to make decisions under time-constraints, policy briefs should provide concise evidence as well as clearly outlined recommendations on a particular issue. A successful paper will thus engage both the research on the topic and policy prescriptions based upon the available information. Policy brief grades are dependent on the quality of your argument as well as on the quality of your writing (clear organization, grammar, etc.). Papers must be double-spaced with 1-inch margins and 12pt Times New Roman font. Any deviation from the required formatting will result in the automatic loss of 5 points from your paper grade. I require students to hand in an electronic copy of their paper in PDF format to the Assignments section of Canvas by 12:10pm on the due date. All reference materials used in the preparation and writing of papers must be clearly cited both (1) at the end of the sentence in which you use the idea, and (2) in the works cited page at the end of the paper. Citations should follow the American Political Science Association style: 1. Parenthetical citations: https://connect.apsanet.org/stylemanual/paranthetical-citations/2. Works cited page: https://connect.apsanet.org/stylemanual/references/ Policy on Late Papers: Papers are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Any papers handed in after the start of class (i.e. later than 12:10pm on the due date) are considered late. If you are going to miss class, you are still responsible for handing in an electronic copy of the paper prior to the due date. Any assignment turned in after the beginning of class on the due date will be accepted but will be marked down five percentage points for every 24 hours or portion thereof that they are late, including weekends, holidays, etc.My suggestion: turn papers in on time. Please talk to me as soon as possible prior to the due date if you anticipate any issues.Writing is one of the most important skills one can learn in college. Throughout the quarter, I will share advice on effective paper writing. If you are struggling with writing, please come to office hours to discuss strategies to improve your writing. Neither your TA nor myself will read paper drafts prior to the paper due date, but we are happy to discuss outlines, paper arguments, and writing strategies at any time. For additional writing resources, do not hesitate to take advantage of Writing Services at the AATC

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