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One of the goals of any GE class is to encourage critical thinking in its students. Another
is to provide opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to
effectively communicate at a collegiate level in written format
appropriate to the discipline. A
third goal is to develop students’ ability to synthesize course
material and present it in some cogent format with the eventual goal of
producing juniors and seniors who are ready to begin moving from the
level of synthesis to the actual generation of new ideas or approaches. Your paper for this class will be graded with all of these goals in mind.
Your formal term paper is to be 4-6 pages in length and follow the
APA style guidelines for pagination, running header, references and
overall paper formatting (no abstract is required). Papers shorter than 4 full
(defined as 3.51 pages or above) body pages or longer than 6 body pages
will have their grades reduced accordingly based on how much longer or
shorter than the range. Stick within the page limits!!! Also note that your title page and references cited page do not count toward your page limit – it’s 4-6 pages of main body.
Your basic assignment is to generate a research question, research it, and present your findings. Here are some things to consider:
The topic and question chosen
should reflect some aspect(s) of the course and (if appropriate) the
emphasis of your GE pathway (e.g. Gender and Sexuality or Health and Wellness for instance).
The findings should use examples
from non-western cultures for support reflecting course’s ties to the
Global Cultures requirement of the GE program.
The paper should incorporate new
research you have done and reflect concepts learned in this course to
reflect your mastery of course material and ability to apply it in a new
setting, reflecting the goals of the GE program and the Anthropology
Department.
The research question is up to you entirely, but you should
definitely start with some aspect of the course that has interested you
and about which you would like to learn more. Then, tie this to some specific and answerable research you intend to answer through conducting your research. The
question chosen should be narrow enough that you can cover it in 4-6
pages, but broad enough you don’t find yourself short of pages either. For
purposes of this assignment, we are defining “non-western” as cultures
whose historical roots lie outside the European and middle eastern Judaeo-Christian-Islamic traditions. So,
although technically in the western hemisphere, Native American groups
ARE fair game for this topic due to their cultural roots. If you are not sure if your topic and/or question will be acceptable, then by all means ask.
Please limit the number of Internet sites you use in conducting your research. You will find greater success with using scholarly articles available through the library database and with books (specifically ethnographies about non-western societies). The Human Relations Area Files in the college library are another fine resource of ethnographic information. Papers that show little evidence of real research (e.g. using three websites and the textbook) will be downgraded accordingly. For
specific grading criteria, please see the published grading rubric for
the term paper. A good basic rule of thumb is to always use more
scholarly article and books than websites, and to stay away from any web
materials that cannot pass the CRAAP test as outlined in the research
and writing learning module. If in doubt at all, stay away from
websites.
Textbook: Stein, R.L. & Stein, P.L. (2011). The anthropology of religion, magic, and witchcraft, 3rd or 4th edition. Boston:
Prentice Hall.

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