Thepurposeofthisexerciseistodevelopyourcritical thinkingskills,todevelopyour knowledgeofLawgenerallyandinonetopicareaspecifically,andtodevelopyourability towriteaclear,concise,grammaticallycorrect,scholarlyyetimpassionedpaperbasedon solidresearch.Thisisagrade12Universitypreparationpaper/seminar.Itshouldshowsignificant thought, research, care, and review.This is not astandard“courseculminating activity”. Youareexpectedtoresearchandwriteaboutyourtopicaswell ascontinuetodoall of yourcoursework. An ample amount of in class time will be given for this assignment. Itisamistaketothinkthatonceyouaredoneyourmajorpaper,youare donethecourse.Thispaper and the connected seminar isworth roughly15%ofyourfinalmark however the culminating activity for this course is the exam which is worth 30%. Think how much value is placed on these two assignments. This mirrors most university courses. THE ASSIGNMENT
Pleasesubmitatyped,properly documented 8- 10 page researchpaper(double spaced) onatopic ofyourchoice,either fromthelist provided,or ofyourown choosing (withmy approval). Ifyoudonotknowhowtodoublespaceinyourword-processing program,then you better ask me how! IknowI have said in the past I do not like to give parameters on your writing andIstillbelievethat.However,considering thatyouwilleachbecomeanexpertonyourtopic,itis unlikelythatyouwillbeableto coverthetopicindetailinfewerthanthe expected pages. Simply put if you cannot discuss your topic for a considerable length you haven’t been able to analyse the topic enough. Keep this in mind when picking your topic- topic choice can be a huge difference in how much research and what type of research you will have to do. However, donotgoexcessively over, either.Someofyouwritesowellthatyouwillprovemewrong.Iwillnottakemarksofffor failingto provide tenpages, but I willnot provide marks for failingto coverthetopic asmuch as it shouldreasonablybedone.
a) Thestyle shouldbe formal; therefore,youshould:
- write in thethird person
- avoid slang and lazy language
- no contractions
- write out numbers under twentyor iftheybegin a sentence
- donotrefer tothepaper (e.g. This paper will prove...)
b) Aminimumoffour(4)secondarysourcesshouldbeconsulted.Remember,a good variety ofsources will makefor abetter, broader research base andthus a better paper. DO NOTUSE THEINTERNETAS YOUR ONLY SOURCE OF RESEARCH (there is an abundanceofmisinformationoutthere).Allsourcesinthebibliographyshouldbecitedin thepaper.DONOTpadthebibliography.DONOTUSEWikipediaasasource.Youmay go there, but use it as a springboard to better, authoritative sources.
c) Thestandardfordocumentationinthispapercanbefoundat the following website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/. This is online writing lab from Purdue University in Indiana. It is an incredible resource for citations and referencing. My suggestion is that you choose Chicago Manual style, however,havingsaidthis,if youhaveapersonalpreference foranotherreferencing style(thereareseveral–MLA,APA, etc.),youmayusethe oneyou prefer, as long asyouare consistent.d) Thepaper should be writtenin proper manuscriptform:
i. typewritten,double-spaced, font12, Calibri **
ii. on8 1/2 x 11unlined paper
iii. oneinchmargins **
iv. titles ofbooks, newspapers andperiodicalsshouldbeunderlined;titles ofarticles should
bein“quotation marks”;titlesofcasesshouldbeeither italicizedor underlined, but not
both (be consistent)
v. acompletetitlepagethatincludes aninterestingtitle,thecoursename(CLN4U- Canadian&InternationalLaw), teacher'sname(Mr. Bergman),yourname,and date.
**donot manipulatemargins,fonts,ordevicessuchastheuseof BOLDlettering topad yourpaper.Theonlyresultisthatitlooksunprofessional.Pleasealsonote thatCalibriismypersonalpreference,especiallyforreadingonline.Whenyouarein yourpost-secondaryprogram,besuretofindoutfromyourinstructorwhichfontis preferred. For hardcopies it has been proven that Times New Roman is the easiest to read…just sayin’ PLAGIARISMis a serious academic offence. Ifyouare not sure aboutwhatconstitutes plagiarism,checkoutthisinteractivewebsite: http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/plagiarism/. Pleasealsonotethathandinginthesamepaperfortwodifferentcoursesisalsoan academicoffenceandwillresultinamarkofzeroonthatpaper.Yes,yourteachers dotalktoeachother. Similarly,youcannothandinonepapertomeetthe requirements of two assignments in the samecourse. ASSIGNMENT STAGES 1. Topic selection
When?On or before Monday October 282013-
Student Teacher Conference- I will explain
Youwillbeexpectedtosubmitatopicproposalformyapproval.Donotsimplystartyour paperwithoutreviewingtheproposedtopicwithmebeforehand.Itneedstobeapproved. Your proposal shouldinclude the following:
i aworkingtitlewhichaccuratelyreflectsyourtopic–butdon’tworryatthispoint, becauseIwon’tholdyoutoit.Veryoftenasyourresearchprogresses,ittakesyou ontangentswhichyouhadnotconsideredandmaydecidetoinvestigate.Feelfree todojustthat. Youareallowedtochangeyourmind. You MUSTkeepmeupto date on any changes you are making and why.
ii. besurethatyourtopicisnottoobroad–itshouldbesufficientlynarrowed given timeand spacelimitations.
iii. a paragraphexplaining themain questionswith which you will deal,andthelimits ofyour study(time frame, country/province/region, groupofpeople, cases etc.)
iv. anexplanation ofwhy youhave chosenthetopic.
Remember,thisis aLawpaper–yourtopic shouldreflectthataspect. For instance,a paperonAbortionshoulddealwiththeCharteraspects,caselaw,thepresentmovement (especiallyintheStates)tooverturndecisionsgrantingtherighttoanabortion.Itshould notdeal with themedical “how-to” ofabortion. Nopictures or charts, please.
2. Draft Outline Due
Inordertomakesureyouareontherighttrack,youandIwill meetsometimebetween Monday, November 25thand Friday, November 29th,2013to reviewyour researchand a rough outline ofyourpaper. Pleaseemailmeyourrough outlinepaperonorbeforeMonday, November25th,2013,sothatImayelectronicallyreview yourworkforbothformand contentandreturnittoyouintimeforrevisionspriortothefinal due date.Mark Value10/100
To make sure that everyone is at the right stage of their writing process, students will be required to set up a short interview/conference with me sometime between Dec. 16th and Dec. 19th (the last week before Christmas holidays). I only require a short amount of time (maybe only 5 minutes) but I must actually SEE your research/rough work. This stage is for you however it is also very much for me to make me feel secure knowing that I know where you are at going into the Christmas break. Once we return from the holidays we have very little new information and we will be having time for seminars and discussions.
4. Completed Paper
On or beforeMONDAY, JANUARY13th,2014
Asalways,thefirstdraftshouldnotbethefinaldraft. Thisisagrade12University preparationpaper. Itshouldshow significantthought,research,care,andreview. Pleaserememberthatthispaperconstitutesasignificantportionofyour year'smarkandshouldbetreatedaccordingly.NOPAPERSWILLBEACCEPTED AFTERTHEDUE DATE,WITHOUTPRIOR DISCUSSION WITHME,ASIT WILLBE IMPOSSIBLEFORMETOHAVETHEM MARKEDPRIORTOEXAMSOTHERWISE. As for how you will hand it in…anyone heard of www.turnitin.com?