Each paper must cover the following:
- What political issues are you interested in writing about?
- Address the historical background of this topic.
- How is the issue being framed and debated by advocates and opponents of this topic?
- How does the general public feel about this topic? Are there any polls that reflect public opinion on this topic?
- Did Congress, the President, or even the Supreme Court address this topic through legislation, executive orders, or legal opinions? Is so, what did they say?
Analysis, Evaluation, and Opinion
- Critically engage the topic and form your own opinion on this issue. If it's been resolved through governmental processes, do you agree or disagree with the outcome?
- Finally, look at the long-term consequences of this topic. Will this issue be of any relevance in 25 years?
min. 4 sources
Times New Roman, 12 pt.
MLA citation format
Examples of research topics:
- same sex marriage
- The Affordable Care Act
- voter ID laws and discrimination
- legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado
- prayer in public schools and legislative sessions
- military spending
- "right to work" laws and unions
- campaign donations and the cost of running for public office
- WikiLeaks and government spying
- affirmative action in hiring or school admissions
- militarization of the police
- "promoting the general welfare... the debate between the deserving and underserving"
- the Second Amendment and the Natural Right to Life
- reproductive rights
- environmental regulation and climate change