The “War on Women”

Here are some articles offering varying perspectives on the women’s issues presented in this election.

Economics:

Health and Reproduction

Also, so that we can discuss it: The Debate from Monday!

 

 

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Annotated Bibliography Project

For our research project, we are going to eschew the normal, ten-page, boring as sin research paper in which you find a couple sources on a topic and regurgitate all you’ve learned.  Instead we’re going to focus on learning good research habits.  One of the habits that is toughest to get into is doing a lot of research and then whittling that research down into the things you actually need.  To do that, you need to gather a bunch of resources and then evaluate them for your purposes.  That is what we intend to do with this project.

For this project, you are to identify an issue in the current election, one that you preferably hold a very strong opinion about.  Then you will research the topic and discover at least ten (10) sources to support this hypothetical research paper.

For each of your ten sources, you will write a bibliographic entry using MLA format (APA if you are in a major that uses this format), and annotate each entry for at least 300 words, evaluating how useful the source is for your hypothetical research paper.  Remember, there are many things that make sources both useful and not useful.  Some sources you will find completely useful, some completely useless, and many a mixture of the two.  In your evaluation, you must state why you rate each source as you do.

You will look at a variety of source types, from internet sites to peer-reviewed articles to films and television shows.  The breakdown will be listed in the requirements.

Requirements:

  • Ten (10) bibliographic entries in MLA (or APA) with a minimum of 300 words per annotation.

o       2 Peer Reviewed Articles

o       2 Popular Magazine or Newspaper Articles

o       1 Wikipedia entry (why you wouldn’t cite it, but how else it might prove useful)

o       2 Non Traditional media (movies, television shows, emails, interviews)

o       2 Blogs or Websites

o       1 free source: any kind you choose.

  • Entries must be typed, double spaced, and stapled together.
  • The top of the first entry must include a thesis statement for your hypothetical essay.
  • Failure to include all ten entries will result in the loss of one letter grade per entry missing.  Short annotations will also count against you.

Word count posted at the end of each entry.

First 3-4 entries (rough) due

  • Sec 03: Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012
  • Sec 08: Thursday, Nov 8, 2012

Final Draft Due

  • Last Day of Class

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Defining Political Position

This post is a list of sources that should help define your political position.  I’m going to break it down by issue (and these are issues that can be researched for your annotated bibliography) with both liberal and conservative perspectives on each issue.

Women’s Reproductive Rights

Conservative

Liberal

Economy

Conservative

Liberal

Voting

Conservative

Liberal

Immigration

Conservative

Liberal

Here are some issues to get you started.  Email me if you need some more material.  Also, feel free to use your own sources.

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Reminder for Next Week

On Monday, October 8, and Tuesday, October 9, we are not, repeat not meeting in our classrooms.  Class will be held in the MLK library.  Because class starts before the library officially opens we must meet outside the loading dock on Fourth Street by 7:25AM.  Anyone who is late will not be able to enter the library until it opens at 8AM.

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Essay #2: Definition of Political Stance

Greetings, students.  This second essay is going to be a little more introspective than the last. You are going to define your political stance using any one of a number of labels.  Are you liberal?  Conservative? Radical? Reactionary? Pragmatic? Moderate? Apathetic?  What term best describes your political leanings and why?  Remember, this is you supporting your position through formal, operational (if you can) and example based definitions.  Set up your criteria for your position and show how you match that criteria.  You can also argue against a definition, say that you don’t fit the classical definition of anything.

Clearly identifying and delineating your terms can help clarify your own discussions and strengthen your own arguments.  Relying on verbal ambiguities, or even taking advantage of ambiguities in language is a sophist’s trick and may actually count as a logical fallacy.

Requirements:

  • 1500 words, typed, double spaced, stapled.
  • Word count at the end of the essay
  • at least three criteria for the political stance you’re defining
  • specific examples from the blogs, articles, and videos you use to support your definition
  • Discussion of your reaction to these examples and how they inform your political
  • if you choose apathy, you must defend your apathy with specific examples.
  • More than five paragraphs, organized logically with smooth transitions.
  • A strong thesis statement that declares your political position and lays out your criteria.

Rough Draft (3 copies) due

  • Sec 03: Wednesday, Oct 17
  • Sec 08: Thursday, Oct 18

Final Draft due

  • Sec 03: Wednesday, Nov 7
  • Sec 08: Thursday, Nov 8

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Office Hours

My new and improved office hours for this semester are as follows:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 – 10
  • Tuesdays, 10:30 – 11:30
  • Thursdays by appointment.

Prof. Peter

 

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Appeals to Ethos

Last Wednesday night, Bill Clinton rocked the house with his speech at the Democratic National Convention.  You don’t have to watch all fifty minutes of it, but watch at least ten or so, and watch the crowd’s reaction to him. Obviously they buy everything he’s selling.  Why?  Why do they find him credible?  Why might people not find him credible?  Do a google search for Clinton DNC speech to read criticism.

~Prof. Peter

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