http://www.willamette.edu/~sbasu/poli480/

 

 

POLI 480W (2.0) Senior Thesis

 

 

Spring 2012

Th 2:30-400

SML 205

 

Prof.

Sammy Basu

 

Office: Sml 317

Hours:

MTWTh 10:30-11:30

or by appointment.

 

 

 

 

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

 

 

Students will enhance their academic skills: reading and thinking critically; researching effectively; speaking competently; and writing persuasively.

 

 

 

Students will demonstrate knowledge of a range of explanatory and/or normative theories in political science, specifically in their chosen sub-field.

 

 

 

Students will make effective applied use of a variety of types of evidence to support a clear line of analysis and conclusion or thesis.

 

 

 

COURSE RESOURCES

 

 

The Writing Center, Mathews Hall, 370-6959 is available to you and you are heartily encouraged to make full use of it.

 

APA style:

 

http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/social_sciences/overview.html

http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/social_sciences/intext.html

http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/social_sciences/sample.html

 

 

COURSE EVALUATION CRITERIA

 

 

This course is organized around the various tasks involved in successfully completing an extended piece of undergraduate research and writing.  The grade is composed of five components.  All of them must be passed in order to pass the course. Late penalties may be assigned.  All students are expected to attend every scheduled class meeting.

 

 

Research proposal

5 pp. (1250-1500 words) careful research design

(10%)

       specification of thesis/problem/topic,

       ten keywords,

       relevant existing scholarship,

       own hypotheses,

       methods of enquiry/testing, and

       annotated bibliography (with 10 articles and 5 books).

 

First draft

a 15-20 pp. (4500-6000 words) partial draft version of research paper

(20%)

       title: subtitle,

       abstract,

       ten keywords,

       outline,

       introduction,

       body of paper in sections according to outline,

       conclusion,

       bibliography (with 15-20 articles, 10-15 books),

 

Second draft

a 35-40 pp (10500-12000 words) full draft version of research paper

(40%)

       title: subtitle,

       abstract,

       ten keywords,

       outline,

       introduction,

       body of paper in sections according to outline,

       conclusion (which includes a section on where research on this question should go in light of your research),

       bibliography (with 20-25 articles, 15-20 books),

 

Final draft

45+ pp. (13500 words) complete piece of original research

(10%)

       title: subtitle

       abstract

       outline

       body of paper in sections according to outline, and

       bibliography (with 25+ articles, 20+ books)

 

Oral participation and final presentation (20%)

on-going class involvement, peer editing, and presentation of the arguments and findings of research in class.  Use of Information Technology in presentation is required.


 

 

SCHEDULE

 

Tue Jan 17

Class meets: Introduction, sample article

Thu Jan 19

No Class: scheduled individual meetings

Tue Jan 24

No Class: scheduled individual meetings

Thu Jan 26

Class meets: exchange and discuss draft of Research proposal

Tue Jan 31

No class: Research proposal (10%) due at 4pm

Uploaded to WISE

Thu Feb 2

No Class: scheduled individual appointments

Tue Feb 7

No Class: scheduled individual appointments

Thu Feb 9

No Class: scheduled individual appointments

Tue Feb 14

No Class: scheduled individual appointments

Thu Feb 16

Class meets: exchange and discuss draft of First Draft

Tue Feb 21

No class: First draft of paper (20%) due at 4pm

Uploaded to WISE

Thu Feb 23

No class: scheduled individual appointments

Tue Feb 28

No class: scheduled individual appointments

Thu Mar1

No class: scheduled individual appointments

Tue Mar 6

No class: scheduled individual appointments

Thu Mar 8

Class meets: exchange and discuss draft of Second Draft

Tue Mar13

No class: scheduled individual appointments

Thu Mar 15

No class: scheduled individual appointments

Tue Mar 20

No class: Second draft (40%) due at 4pm

Uploaded to WISE

Thu Mar 22

No class: scheduled individual appointments

 

 

Tue Mar 27

Spring Vacation

Thu Mar 29

Spring Vacation

 

 

Tue Apr 3

No class: scheduled individual appointments

Thu Apr 5

No class: scheduled individual appointments

Tue Apr 10

No class: scheduled individual appointments

Thu Apr 12

No class: scheduled individual appointments

Tue Apr 17

Class meets: use of IT in making presentations

 

 

Wed Apr 18

SSRD - http://www.willamette.edu/cla/ssrd/

 

 

Thu Apr 19

No class: scheduled individual appointments

Tue Apr 24

Class meets: student presentations

Thu Apr 26

Class meets: student presentations

Tue May 1

Class meets: student presentations

 

 

Mon May 7

Final draft (10%) at 5pm

Uploaded to WISE

Absolutely no extensions


 

 

Politics Department Thesis Evaluation

 

 

The Politics Department uses the following rubric to assess all senior thesis:

1.    Thesis identifies a well-defined and compelling puzzle or question.

2.    Thesis presents and develops a clear and coherent argument.

3.    Thesis makes effective use of evidence.

4.    Thesis demonstrates understanding of competing explanations or interpretations.

5.    Thesis is clearly and concisely written without distracting grammatical or stylistic errors.

6.    Thesis is well organized and has a logical progression of thought.