The end of the course is rapidly approaching, and now is a great time to begin working on your Final Research Paper. This assignment will give you an opportunity to create a detailed outline of your paper that can be reviewed by your instructor. The feedback that your instructor can provide will certainly help you create a better final product. Remember, the main point of your outline is to help you organize your thoughts and research. The outline should be the backbone of your paper and should serve as the building blocks for your Final Research Paper.
Make sure to read over the instructions for the Final Research Paper, which are located in Week Five of your online course or in the Course Components section of this course guide. As explained in those instructions, your paper should have six major sections. For this assignment, you will need to create an outline in a Word document. Your outline should:
•Introduce the main topic, provide brief background regarding the topic, and introduce the main thesis.
•Identify implications for federalism related to the topic.
•Identify implications for civil rights related to the topic.
•Identify implications for civil liberties related to the topic.
•Conclude and summarize the main findings.
•Include a complete list of references utilized within the outline.
The paper must be two to three pages in length and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least three scholarly sources, not counting your textbook, from the Ashford University Library to support your claims. Information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.
Here is the final paper instructions:
Ashford 6: – Week 5 – Final Research Paper
Constitutional Issues and the Scope and Character of U.S. Government
In the Final Research Paper, you will use your critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate a current events topic that has constitutional and political implications. Select from the list below or utilize a topic approved by the instructor. The thesis of the paper will be a statement identifying how the concepts of federalism, civil liberties, and civil rights are implicated in and affected by this topic.
Select one topic from the following list of constitutional issues:
•Regulation of commerce
•Equal protection under law
Utilize the feedback from your Week Three Assignment to create a more thorough outline to form your Final Research Paper. The paper should include five main sections:
•Introductory paragraph that provides a brief background regarding the topic and introduces the main thesis.
•In-depth discussion of the implications for federalism related to the topic.
•In-depth discussion of the implications for civil rights related to the topic.
•In-depth discussion of the implications for civil liberties related to the topic.
•Concluding paragraph that summarizes the main findings and restates the thesis.
The paper must be 10 to 12 pages in length and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least six scholarly resources (at least five of which can be found in the Ashford University Library) other than the textbook to support your claims. Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page. For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.