Govt. 1 Spring 2010 Paper Assignment
This paper will consist of several different sections:
1. A report on your volunteer experience
2. A section on the history of youth political participation and activism
3. An analysis of what factors contribute to student political involvement incorporating lessons from section 2, your recent experience, and current events and research on youth and political engagement.
Section I, Volunteer Report
Write a report on your volunteer experience including the following information:
Section II, Research
Section two will require you to use the CSUS library. You are to research the following questions: How much do younger Americans (18-29 or so) participate in politics? How has this changed over the years? Why are their participation rates not higher?
This section will require you to use library resources. You will need to cite at least one book and one academic article (published in an academic journal, and available through the library databases such as JSTOR or Prospector). In addition, you may use online sources such as youth vote websites. You will need to cite a minimum total of 4 sources for this section (the book and journal article count towards the 4). The textbook for the course does not count, nor does Wikipedia.
Section III, Analysis
This is the analysis section. You are bringing together aspects of sections I and II and making sense of them. The primary questions to answer in this section are:
Here is a basic outline of what you need for your paper:
A. Title page including:
Title of paper
Instructor’s name (Professor Nalder)
Date of submission
B. Section I
A 1-2 page report on your volunteer experience
C. Section II
Minimum 1 book, 1 academic article, total of 4 sources
D. Section III
E. Works Cited page (APSA Style or MLA Style)
Minimum 4 total sources
At least 1 book
At least 1 academic article
At least 2 others (could also be books or academic articles)
F. Appendix: Your volunteer verification sheet(s) (signed and completed)
Due Friday, April 30 , at the beginning of class. I will deduct 5% per day late (including weekends). It is considered late by one day if not turned in at the beginning of class on Dec. 1. A hard copy is required.