Focus of the Final Paper
The Capstone Paper should demonstrate understanding of the reading as well as the implications of new knowledge. The ten to fifteen page paper should integrate readings, class discussions, field research, and literature review into proposed solution. It may include explanation and examples from previous experiences as well as implications for future applications.
Your capstone paper should focus on a topic selected in consultation with the course instructor, which was done in Week Two. In this project, you will examine a specific political or social issue. Topics may include general issues such as poverty, crime, homelessness, economic development, homeland security, corporate social responsibility, ecological/environmental projects, etc. or a specific issue in your city, community, local, state, or federal governmental, etc. You will:
Consult with the course instructor for more details and topic approval. The paper must be submitted to your instructor no later than the last day of class.
Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.