Project #58811 - Perspectives on Global Development

The paper you are going to write is the most important work you will be doing for the class. It will be an “A” paper if you have done good research, make a credible analysis, and put the paper in a readable format, a format which may vary from student to student. So if you have lots of notes, and are still wondering, “What am I going to write a paper on?” this outline seeks to provide guidance. Ask yourself: 

· Have I given sufficient background data and current information to introduce adequately my country? 

· (THEME/CLAIM) What is the central question(s) to be addressed in this paper? This should be an idea or small cluster of concepts that carry through the paper from near start to conclusion. They have to relate to issues of economy (such as GDP or PPP), environment (sustainability), and the social sector (poverty, corruption, cultural and religious conflicts...), many things. 

· Substantiation; once you have made your claim, you have to back it up with evidence, the bulk of which should be derived from your research– use quotes when possible. If you are claiming Egypt is crowded, give population and country size, or better how many people per square mile/kilometer. 

· Keep in mind the purpose of this paper: to show how you can take ideas and methods from the course to understand variation in people’s nations. 

· Reading/Lectures. Do not forget, while writing the paper, all we have studied and read; you should be able to utilize things discussed in your books, films. 

The Final Paper MAY NOT exceed 10 pages of text, in length. Citations Notes to help you assemble your paper: 

1. Take into consideration that a paper is best as an integrated whole of related parts. It should have a tale to tell, clear boundaries, and some sort of closure. In this sense less is more. 

2. Length: no paper should ideally exceed ten pages, yet in that amount of space, certain things must be found (see next numbers). No one is allowed to say, "Oh, the conclusion! That was page 11, so I cut it out." Playing with fonts usually gets the length to fit, but rarely helps the read. 

3. All papers require an introduction, a "body,” & conclusions. It should carefully arrange the things from your semester: field notes, lecture notes, readings, reflections, and experiences into a "narrative." This is a kind of story that has a beginning, middle, and end.

4. Style: how you go about writing, your paper's "voice" as it were, can vary, and some may find that more confessional, personal styles tell the story better. Many professors and organizations prefer a jargon-free, less- personal, realist-like prose that plays down the author and cultivates intent towards description and "just the facts of the matter". Some are good at weaving these two voices together, and that is quite effective in both getting information out and bringing the reader in. Quotations are frequently effective. 

5. Evaluative commentary; Be cautious about saying things that are evaluative, like this is a bad place, or this government just plane sucks. Try to be mild and qualify criticism, such as “the line of thought has some flaws” or “this was only one of many different views” or “I found the view had some problems” or “I still harbor doubts”. 

6. Length: Make sure every word counts, that there is no filler, unnecessary repetition, NO padding. This is a test of how much of significance you can say in very few pages. 

Writing Tips to Follow:
1) Avoid absolutes, like “always, never, best, only”, etc. 

2) Vagueness: Avoid this kind of sentence: “Sometimes some people do some of this in some ways and sometimes it works out somewhat, maybe, like, to some extent.” 

3) Less is more; saying a few things convincingly is superior to trying to explain the world with twelve bad examples. A few solid claims well supported is best. 

4) Avoid cliché, jargon, buzz terms unless you want to go define them explicitly; also do not be too casual (no “stuff, awesome, like, totally, stupid, LOL, FYI”). 

5) Make some reference to the limits of what you are able to speak about, and who has written about those things, and where more information would be needed. 

.6)  Reference the class, its readings and discussion...make connections.

.7)  Try to stay in one tense, and not wander around between past and



8) Spell-check and remember, sometimes spell-checks make mistakes too (as in to vs. too, red vs. read, their vs. there, its vs. it’s, families vs. family’s, won vs. one); this means you need to proof-read the paper before you hand it in, or have your friend do it. And spell your professor’s name correctly, he likes that. 

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