Introduction to International Relations Research Paper Instructions This assignment is worth 20 percent of the course final grade.
The essay should examine and discuss the chosen topic by using supplementary, primary and/or secondary, reading materials relevant to the argument. It must not be based solely on required readings.
This assignment has two components, both of which will be reflected in the grade assigned to it: Somewhere between 8 to 10 pages, not including title page and bibliographical references, would be an adequate length for this essay.
Follow the APA or the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines for the writing of academic papers. Standard use of bibliographical references is a must.
The paper must be typed; have a title page; all pages numbered; lines double-spaced; and wide margins (standard Word processor format) left for comments.
Research Paper Topics - These are broadly stated, open-ended suggested topics for research, and should be addressed in a critical manner (i.e. not to be taken at face value).
Indicate which topic you have chosen for the research;
(1) Follow that by designing your own research question: state it first in the form of a question and then as a declaratory sentence in which you affirm the objectives of the research;
(2) Indicate some of the preliminary evidence you have gathered that supports the research question;
(3) List some of the probable causes that might explain the problem you are addressing;
(4) Provide a preliminary list of recent (no older than five years) academic sources (books, articles, reports) that will be used in the research:-
Whether you developed your own research question or use the questions below to develop your own your research paper needs to adopt an approach to International Relations discussed in class to conduct your research.
These include amongst others:
3. Critical Constructivism
4. Critical Terrorism Studies, and finally, a Securitization Framework.
Also, your research needs to navigate at least 2 areas of International Relations. That is, either International Political Economy , International Security, or International Law.
Choose one of the topics listed below if you have not developed your own research question:
Capitalism, democracy, and human rights are irreconcilable in theory and practice.