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

 

 

POLI 480W (2.0) Senior Thesis

 

 

Spring 2013

Th 2:30-400

SML 205

 

Prof.

Sammy Basu

 

Office: Sml 317

Hours:

TTh 1:00-2:30

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, Ford Hall 105, 370-6959 is available and you are heartily encouraged to make full use of it.

 

APA style:

 

See sample APA Research paper with marginal comments

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

40-45 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 15

Class meets: Introductions,

 

Review sample article

 

 

Thu Jan 17

No Class: scheduled individual meetings, 230-400pm

 

230-300 – Elena

 

300-330 – Amanda

 

330-400 – Brett B

 

 

Tue Jan 22

No Class: scheduled individual meetings, 230-400pm

 

200-230 – Max

 

230-300 – Michelle

 

300-330 – Brett S

 

330-400 – Bill

 

 

Thu Jan 24

Class meets: exchange and discuss draft of Research proposal

 

 

Tue Jan 29

No class: Research proposal (10%) due at 3pm

Uploaded to WISE

 

 

Thu Jan 31

No Class: scheduled individual appointments, 230-400pm

 

230-300 – Elena

 

300-330 – Amanda

 

330-400 – Brett B

 

 

Tue Feb 5

No Class: scheduled individual appointments, 230-400pm

 

200-230 – Max

 

230-300 – Michelle

 

300-330 – Brett S

 

330-400 – Bill

 

 

Thu Feb 7

No Class: scheduled individual appointments, 230-400pm

 

230-300 – Elena

 

300-330 – Amanda

 

330-400 – Brett B

 

 

Tue Feb 12

No Class: scheduled individual appointments, 230-400pm

 

200-230 – Max

 

230-300 – Michelle

 

300-330 – Brett S

 

330-400 – Bill

 

 

Thu Feb 14

Class meets: exchange and discuss draft of First Draft

 

 

Tue Feb 19

No class: First draft of paper (20%) due at 3pm

Uploaded to WISE

 

 

 

 

Thu Feb 21

No class: scheduled individual appointments, 230-400pm

 

230-300 – Elena

 

300-330 – Amanda

 

330-400 – Brett B

 

 

Tue Feb 26

No class: scheduled individual appointments, 230-400pm

 

200-230 – Max

 

230-300 – Michelle

 

300-330 – Brett S

 

330-400 – Bill

 

 

Thu Feb 28

No class: scheduled individual appointments, 230-400pm

 

230-300 – Elena

 

300-330 – Amanda

 

330-400 – Brett B

 

 

Tue Mar 5

No class: scheduled individual appointments, 230-400pm

 

200-230 – Max

 

230-300 – Michelle

 

300-330 – Brett S

 

330-400 – Bill

 

 

Thu Mar 7

Class meets: exchange and discuss draft of Second Draft

 

 

Tue Mar 7

No class: scheduled individual appointments, 230-400pm

 

200-230 – Max

 

230-300 – Michelle

 

300-330 – Brett S

 

330-400 – Bill

 

 

Thu Mar 12

No class: scheduled individual appointments, 230-400pm

 

230-300 – Elena

 

300-330 – Amanda

 

330-400 – Brett B

 

 

Thu Mar 14

No class: scheduled individual appointments, 230-400pm

 

230-300 – Elena

 

300-330 – Amanda

 

330-400 – Brett B

 

 

Tue Mar 19

No class: scheduled individual appointments, 230-400pm

 

200-230 – Max

 

230-300 – Michelle

 

300-330 – Brett S

 

330-400 – Bill

 

 

Thu Mar 21

No class: Second draft (40%) due at 3pm

Uploaded to WISE

 

 

 

Tue Mar 26

Spring Break

Thu Mar 28

Spring Break

 

 

Tue Apr 2

No class: nor scheduled individual appointments,

 

 

Thu Apr 4

No class: scheduled individual appointments, 230-400pm

 

230-300 – Elena

 

300-330 – Amanda

 

330-400 – Brett B

 

 

Tue Apr 9

No class: scheduled individual appointments, 230-400pm

 

200-230 – Max

 

230-300 – Michelle

 

300-330 – Brett S

 

330-400 – Bill

 

 

Thu Apr 11

No class: scheduled individual appointments, 230-400pm

 

230-300 – TBA

 

300-330 – TBA

 

330-400 – TBA

 

 

Tue Apr 16

Class meets: use of IT in making presentations

 

 

Wed Apr 17

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

 

 

Thu Apr 18

No class: scheduled individual appointments

 

230-300

 

300-330

 

330-400

 

 

Tue Apr 23

Class meets: student presentations, TBD

230-315

Max

315-400

Michelle

Thu Apr 25

Class meets: student presentations, TBD

230-315

Brett B

315-400

Elena

Tue Apr 30

Class meets: student presentations, TBD

230-315

Brett S

315-400

Amanda

400-445

Bill

500-

Libations to follow

 

 

Mon May 6

Final draft (10%) at 3pm

Uploaded to WISE

Absolutely no extensions


 

 

Politics Department Thesis Assessment

 

 

Politics 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.

 

 

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