This writing assignment is both a research paper and a thesis-driven position pa
assignment is both a research paper and a thesis-driven position paper in which
you advance your own argument.
Introduction: Frame a topic and a research question.
will your paper address?
Why is the
topic worthy of investigation?
questions, related to that issue, will the paper seek to answer?
What is the
answer at which you arrive? (The answer
to this last question will be your thesis-the argument that will organize and
drive your paper.)
Everything here will directly relate to your research question and thesis.
research question and thesis to keep your paper focused and structured.
relevant body of literature.
been written about this topic?
arguments have these various authors made?
the common analytical agreements and disagreements that surface in them?
identify schools or patterns of thought in them?
On what assumptions
do they rest and to what conclusions do they come?
that body of literature in light of the research question you are asking.
that literature say about your research question?
the strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches to your question
contained in the literature?
why is it—the most intelligent approach to or explanation of the topic question
Conclusion: Discuss your analysis.
be more than just a “this is what I said above” section.
note your conclusions and discuss their implications.
What is the
significance of your conclusion-the answer to the research question that framed
your research and analysis?
Gaudium et Spes Connection:
This paper will explore problems
posed in Economic & Social Life
and The Life in the Political Community
found in the Gaudium et Spes document. In particular, this paper
focuses on six of the problems posed in this section of the document, including:
the proper development of culture, economic and social life, the political
community, the inherent dignity of the human person, the common good, and the
situation of people in the modern world. In writing your paper, make sure to
address the perspective forwarded in your paper in concert with at least one of
the problems posed in the Gaudium et Spes
document listed above.
Required Paper Standard Formatting:
14 to 18 pages (recommendation only),
include introduction, body, &
conclusion (headings are optional, but recommended),
have one inch margins,
cover page included,
reference list included,
internal citations included,
Times New Roman font,
& utilize either APA or Chicago-Style