How does Canada interact with the Indigenous community
As the outline says, try and hit 2200 words, double-space the text and use a citation style consistently. Going under or over this amount by 10% (ish) sees the grade drop. Being concise is a part of the pedagogy in this class.
-Be careful. If you see politics in everything, you may submit a paper that has nothing to do with government, support building and/ or large-scale societal conflict. It is always worth sending me an email asking if your topic is okay.
-State the thesis clearly at the beginning. ( Remember, there has to be a guiding thought throughout the paper.) This is a position paper requiring research and support for the key ideas in the thesis, above all. Beyond the thesis statement at the onset of the paper, you also must support key points in your arguments. Assume your reader does not simply accept what your key points are. Thus, if something is not in the general body of knowledge, cite it.
-Avoid simply describing the pros and cons of your topic. The comment at the end will be “this paper has no thesis”, and that is really, really bad for the grade. PS: saying things like “there are two sides to every issue” is not a thesis for this level of work. The quality of the thesis statement is also evaluated here. A thesis like " history proves that some people will always break the law" will make a reader at this level smirk. Narrower thesis statements are better.
-Do not use simple dictionaries as support. The Oxford English Dictionary, however, is an example of a great source.
-Avoid thinking this is just an exercise in writing to convince. Be clear about your main concepts, use arguments and logic, and draw on academic sources within political science as much as you can. Avoid informal logical fallacies like attacks on character or appeals to the crowd. ( EG “ Dr Fauchi is a liar”, or “ Everyone who knows anything will say…blah blah”.)