Independent study unit



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INDEPENDENT STUDY UNIT

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this assignment is to develop your critical thinking skills, to enhance your understanding of a topic related to the law, and to develop your ability to write a concise, clear and grammatically correct paper.

You will use appropriate research methods to gather, organize, evaluate, and synthesize information.
CRITERIA:

1. You are required to research and investigate a Canadian / International legal issue. The focus of your topic is to be on one of the following areas:



  • Environmental Law

  • Labour Law

  • Principles of International Law

  • International Treaties and Agreements

  • Global Conflicts and Resolutions (topics on website)

2. Your paper must be in the form of an ARGUMENTATIVE THESIS, which explains your position on the topic – therefore you cannot be neutral. You must take a side and provide counter arguments.


3. You must support your position by expert opinions, quotes, facts etc. I would prefer if you would reference your sources using the MLA style, but you can use whichever style you feel most comfortable with.
4. You will be required to present your topic to the class through the use of an interactive and engaging activity.
5. Presentations must include knowledge sharing, a class activity, full class participation in the activity and a method of ensuring / assessing that your classmates understand the material.
6. I will provide you with ongoing assistance and support will be available to help you with the planning of your essay and presentation.
7. All rough work, notes, research resources (if available) will be checked intermittently and must be submitted with your written essay. These are essential components needed to receive your mark and papers will not be graded without the submission of all your working notes.

ANY PLAGIARISM WILL RESULT IN A MARK OF “0”


8. Guidelines: = 7-9 pages of content, types + title page and bibliography.

9. The style should be formal. Therefore, you should write in the third person, avoid slang and colloquial language and not refer to the paper itself (e.g. ‘This paper will prove’)

10. WEIGHT: 15% of your final grade for the paper. 5% of your final grade for the presentation.

THIS IS A COMPULSORY ASSIGNMENT – FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN ESSAY AND/OR PRESENT YOUR RESEARCH WILL RESULT IN AN INCOMPLETION OF THIS COURSE.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

Distribution of ISU outline

Thursday October 16th

Selection of Topics

Friday October 17th

Submission of Thesis Statement

Thursday October 23rd

Second Draft of Thesis Statement If Req’d

Tuesday November 4th

Show me your sources!

Tuesday November 18th

Initial Presentation Concept Submission

Monday December 1st

Second Submission of Concept If Req’d

Wednesday December 3rd

Peer Review #1

December 15th

Peer Review #2

December 16th

Essay Due Date

December 19th

Presentation Dates

Check the schedule


PRESENTATION: 10-12 minutes, with the use of visual aids and resources. This presentation must be interactive; the idea is to get the class involved. You will need to provide me with a detailed overview of your presentation concept.
These are the presentation dates: Various dates in January- have to see exam schedule to confirm these dates.

We can either draw names from a hat or I can assign you to a presentation date- we can decide as a class!



ESSAY TOPICS:

Refer to the suggestions on the attached sheet and select one that interests you. If you prefer to select a topic that is not listed, that should be fine, as long as you have it approved by me first.



**THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE PERSON PER TOPIC, AND ALL COMPONENTS OF THIS ASSIGNMENT ARE TO BE COMPLETED INDIVIDUALLY.


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