**POLS
209: Four Paper Assignments**

All paper assignments must be typed and double spaced.
Citations for all work that is not your own must be provided in a references
section. Also, **I expect ALL students to
consult with the WA (Lacey Wulf: laceywulf@gmail.com
) soon after receiving an evaluation of your papers. You may also consult with
the WA before each assignment if you think appropriate. **

**Paper Assignment 1**:
Article Review (10%) Due
2/9 at the beginning of class.

Select one of the three articles you read for the 2/2 class. Summarize the article by discussing in this order 1) the research problem or question being addressed, 2) the theory/theories being proposed, 3) hypotheses being tested, 4) data being used, 5) the method, and 6) the research results and their implications for the research question and theory. The paper should not exceed three pages.

**Paper Assignment 2**:
Article Review (10%) Due 3/9 at the beginning of class.

Select one of the two articles you read for the 3/2 class. Summarize the article. Then discuss the merits and demerits of the research design applied by the authors.

The paper should not exceed three pages.

**Paper Assignment 3**:
Research Proposal (10%) Due 4/4 at the beginning of class.

Write a short research proposal which will form the basis
for your final research paper. In your research proposal, 1) present a scientific research
question, 2) state a causal theory, 3) formulate one or more testable
hypotheses relating to the research question and causal theory, 4) describe the
measures to be used, 5) describe the statistical methods you will apply, and 6)
discuss what you think might be your statistical results. The research
proposal should not exceed three pages. **NOTE:
ALL students must meet with me before March 25 to discuss the proposed topic
for your final research project.**

**Paper Assignment 4**: Research Paper (40%) Due 5/2 at the beginning of class.

Your
final research paper will state a scientific research question, review the
literature associated with the research question, develop a causal theory,
formulate one or more testable hypotheses relating to the research question and
theory, carry out a statistical analysis of data which reflects variables
relating to the theory, present the statistical results in a table and/or
graph, verbally describe and analyze the results, and discuss the implications
of your findings for your theory and research question. The final paper should
not exceed 8-10 pages, not including tables, figures, and/or graphs.

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