TTh 3:00-4:15 p.m., Shingleton Hall 8

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Town Hall Meeting Assignment #2: DUE MARCH 3 at the start of class

CHOOSING ONE ISSUE AND TAKING SIDES
Issue, solution, news articles, interest groups, and course concepts


RESEARCH REQUIRED:
  • Find two more news articles (different from the articles from Assignment #1)  focused on the specific issue you have identified within the broader topic from the approved sources list.
  • Choose at least two interest groups addressing your issue from opposing perspectives.
  • Apply two course concepts not used in assignment #1


Write a brief paper, approximately 3-pages, that draws from the research from assignment #1 and the research required for assignment #2.  Include in your paper the elements listed below:

  • Issue: State and discuss the issue you have identified. You may have revised this since Assignment #1.  
  • Interest Groups: List the name and website addresses of at least two interest groups with opposing solutions or perspectives on the issue you have identified.  Write a sentence or two about each group’s mission and their approach to your issue.  
  • Solution or Perspective: State which interest group proposes a solution or perspective you support.  Summarize that solution or perspective.  Summarize the action this group has taken to solve this issue or raise awareness of the issue.  Can you think of a solution or perspective that can help further their mission (you do not have to come up with something completely original. You may find good ideas in the news articles or proposed by a different interest group)? Be as specific as possible, and state why you think your solution or perspective is possible and desirable.
  • Arguments for your solution or perspective (at least two): Cite news articles from this and the first assignment as well as information from interest groups and class meetings to present and explain the strongest arguments that support your proposed solution or perspective.
  • Against your policy solution (at least two): Cite news articles from this and the first assignment as well as information from interest groups and class readings to present and explain the strongest arguments against your proposed solution or perspective.
  • Course Concept Analysis: Present a brief discussion that relates at least two new course concepts (different from Assignment # 1) to the information from the news articles and interest groups. The more you analytically relate the course concepts to the information about your policy topic from the news articles, interest groups and class readings, the better your grade is likely to be.
  • References: Include a reference list of all of the sources you cite in your paper at the end of your paper

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