Term Paper Assignment/Information
Prepare a term paper pertaining to court ruling from either the American Government and Politics
Today book or the California State and Local Government – An Overview, Perspectives, and Politics
book; or another government public policy issue and present competing arguments (pros/cons), as well
as your own opinions and conclusions regarding the issue. ( my topic court ruling).
The paper is to be submitted as an online class assignment and include a title with your name, have a
minimum of 1,500 words (this would be approximately three pages if single spaced), and include a
minimum of two references. Term paper format/requirements include the following:
? Paper title with your name, topic/subject title, class name, and date.
? Include and address the following section headings: 1. Introduction, 2. Background Information, 3.
Analysis/Competing Arguments (pro/con), 4. Observations and Recommended Policy Changes, 5.
Conclusion, and 6. References (identify a minimum of two different references [i.e. text book and
other books, interview, web site, newspaper, survey, etc.]). The writing style is your choice.
? The term paper will be assessed and evaluated based on the following: 1. Content – completeness
and accuracy of the information presented; 2. Organization – the logic, order, and readability
of the information; 3. Expression – the presence of a personal style and the ability to generate
interest in the information; 4. Usage – the use of writing standards and conventions appropriate to
the occasion (this includes spelling, punctuation, word use, grammar, etc.); and 5. Following
Instructions – such as the minimum word count of 1,500 words, using the paper headings, etc.