First, everyone must answer the following prompt:
Explain how “global development” has been conceptualized as a social problem over time. Describe at least two different approaches to studying global development, and explain how they are similar or different. How would these approaches explain current levels of global inequality and (under)development as a social problem?
Then, please select and answer only one of the following two prompts:
Option 1: Using our class readings as guidance, explain the differing approaches of conceptualizing feminism, and how they understand gendered-inequality as a social problem. What are the different approaches? How are they similar or different from each other? Find 1 outside story (news article or academic article not already used in class) and use 1 theory of feminism to explain the story as a social problem? How would that particular feminist perspective explain the emergence and persistence of the social problem? What proposal might this perspective have to solve the social problem?
Option 2: Historically, why have so many people had a hard time picking out 1 simple definition of terrorism as a social problem over time? What are the different ways in which the terms gets used? How does Eqbal Ahmad feel about the historical usage of the term by the US government? Find 1 outside story (news article or academic article not already used in class) that could be considered related to terrorism, and discuss what some of the causes of the terrorist activity might be. Does the article/essay discuss the history of the social problem? How does it identify the responsible party(s) involved?
WRITING THE PAPER:
Every student is to answer the first prompt (on global development). Then, you are to choose 1 of the 2 essay prompts for the 2nd portion of your assignment. So, all of you will write about global development, and then you will either write about feminism, or, about terrorism. The paper should be written in full, coherent paragraphs (i.e., not writing via bullet-point comments). Simply put a dash —- on the page to separate part 1 and part 2 of your essay responses.
All papers should be formatted in the following way:
At the top of the 1st page you should include: (1) Your name, (2) Your TAs name, (3) The discussion section in which you’re enrolled.
Line Spacing: 1.5 space
Font/Text Size: 12 point font (in a standard font style such as: Times New Roman or Cambria)
Paper length: At least 4 full pages, and no more than 8 full pages. We care less about page length, and more about quality of written work. Focus on answering the prompts clearly and with detail.
We expect you to properly cite the books/articles/readings from which you draw while writing your essay. For example, if you’re writing your essay and need to quote something from the Ahmad book, it should look something like this:
I agree with Ahmad (2001: 20) when he theorizes that “the globalization of violence is an aspect of what we call globalization of the economy and culture” in the world-system.
You’ll note in the example above, you are required to cite the author last name (Ahmad), the year (2001) of the publication, and the page # from which you’ve found the quote (20). The same policy applies for any other articles or books we’ve read. All direct quotes from a source must have an in-text citation formatted similar to the example I just gave you. The only time it is acceptable to not list a page # is if you are citing a website story that does not have page #’s.
At the end of your essay, we also need to see a bibliography/work-cited list. This will be the list of all sources you read, gained ideas from that seriously impacted your argument, or cited in your essay. All work you use must be included in your in-text (in your body paragraphs) AND bibliographical (end of paper) citations.
For example, a template like the following might make sense:
Ahmad, Eqbal. 2001. Terrorism: Theirs and Ours. Forward and Interview by David Barsamian. New York, NY: Seven Stories Press.
Laboria Cuboniks. 2021. The Xenofeminist Manifesto: A Politics for Alienation. London: Verso.
For academic articles:
Chang, Ha-Joon. 2003. “Kicking away the ladder: Infant industry promotion in historical perspective.” Oxford Development Studies 1(1): Pp. 21-32.
For Websites and Essays you get online, follow the following formatting:
Author Last Name, Author First Name. Date published. “Title of article/essay.” Name of website/source. A working link to the source/webpage we can click to read/download.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PROPERLY CITE SOURCES IN YOUR PAPER?:
It is important to properly cite/document the sources you use in your essay for two main reasons. First, this is the standard practice for academic scholarship. If your argument is building from the ideas of other people, it is important to cite/attribute them, and let the reader know where your ideas come from. Second, it is important to do this for this specific assignment. You will be uploading your assignment through Turnitin.com, which is a plagiarism-detection software. In other words, this program checks to make sure you’re not cheating or copying other papers. Therefore, always be sure to do in-text and bibliographical citations in your paper, to ensure the integrity of your paper, and ensure that your paper does not accidentally show up as ‘plagiarism’ in Turnitin’s data analyses.
REMINDER: Please read the questions/prompts carefully, answer them fully, and cite the relevant books and articles in your paper. You are required to be citing the relevant books/articles in your work, to show serious engagement with the appropriate literature and research. Failing to cite your work will result in major point deductions.
First, everyone must answer the following prompt: