Choose a policy issue that interests you. It can be a US domestic policy issue, such as immigration or health care, an international policy issue such as terrorism or nuclear security, or a California state policy issue such as education funding or carbon emissions regulation (just to name a few).
- First, research the issue using newspaper or magazine articles, and reputable media websites, to get an overview and background information on the issue.
- Next, research different proposals for policy change, or support or criticism of current U.S. or state government policy on this issue using media and scholarly sources.
For the topic proposal, submit a one paragraph description of the issue you have chosen, and what is currently happening with a specific policy related to this issue. Also submit a list of at least 8 sources you will use, including both media and website sources (minimum of 5), and scholarly sources (minimum of 3), using either APA Style or Chicago Author/Date Style.
There are several online resources through the SJSU Library that you may find helpful for this assignment.
The Political Science Research Guide (Links to an external site.) is a good starting place. See tabs on the left-hand side including Scholarly vs. Popular Articles (Links to an external site.), Citation Styles (Links to an external site.), Evaluating Information (Links to an external site.), and Avoiding Plagiarism (Links to an external site.). The Web Sites (Links to an external site.) tab also lists a number of sites where you can get started researching policy issues.
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