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yPOLS 110A-001 and POLS110A-002 (Fall 2011)
First Term Argumentative Essay
Due no later than November 11, 2011, 4 PM, Macintosh-Corry Hall C 326 Please note the new drop-off location Objectives
The main objective of this second written assignment is to evaluate your ability to make a compelling case about a particular political phenomenon. Where possible, try to connect your arguments to concepts discussed in class and found in the readings. Unlike your first paper, this is a persuasive essay. You will be assessed on how well you are able to convince the reader the main thesis you are advancing. A greater focus on academic research will also be given in this assignment. This paper is worth 40% of your overall grade for the fall term. Instructions:

Choose one of the essay topics below. The readings provided are meant to be a guide rather than being exhaustive and all are available through Stauffer's e- Journal collection or found on the web. It’s expected that your should have a minimum of five different sources. Where ever possible, try to use and integrate themes we’ve discussed in class or that are mentioned in the course readings. Your paper should be between 1250-1750 words (about 5-7 double spaced pages) but please indicate the word count (excluding bibliography) which is more important than page length. You must also follow the POLS 110 style guide. Prior to beginning your essay, you should familiarize yourself with the university’s principles of academic integrity. They can be found here: http://www.queensu.ca/artsci/academics/academic-integrity/students You will be penalized for departures from academic integrity, intentional or otherwise. Margot Northey & Joan McKibbin’s Making Sense : A Studentʼs Guide to Research and Writing [6th ed.] is useful for tips on writing your essay. Be sure to consult it extensively. You can ask your teaching assistant to read drafts or outlines of papers but they will not read any rough drafts of papers after Monday, November 7. They will, however, discuss your paper with you during the week it is due.

An argumentative essay is one that makes a clear argument. Remember that good arguments makes claims supported by evidence and respond to counter- claims. Try either explicitly or implicitly to acknowledge the counter claims. In short, how would you respond to the other side? Essay Topics:

1. Based on the concept of the state, is the Palestinian claim for a state legitimate at this point in time? Khaled Elgindy. 2011. "Palestine Goes to the UN: Understanding the New Statehood Strategy." Foreign Affairs 90 (5): 102-113. Danny Rubinstein. 2010. “One State / Two-States: Rethinking Israel and Palestine”. Dissent 57 (3): 5-11. 2. The federal government in Canada is increasing the size of the House of Commons. This increase would compensate for representation in provinces according to population. Is Quebec right to demand that its current share of representation be protected? Matthew Mendelsohn and Sujit Choudhry. 2011. Voter Equality and Other Canadian Values: Finding the Balance. Toronto: Mowat Center for Policy Innovation. http://bit.ly/qzj6IT 3. What do you think explains the chronic under-representation of women in national legislatures?

Richard E. Matland and Donley T. Studlar. 1996. “The Contagion of Women Candidates in Single-Member District and Proportional Representation Electoral Systems: Canada and Norway”. The Journal of Politics 58 (3): 707-733. Pamela Paxton and Sheri Kunovich. 2003. “Women's Political Representation: The Importance of Ideology”. Social Forces 82 (1): 87-114.

4. How do you explain diminishing voter turnout among the youth? What, if anything should be done about this problem? Elections Canada, Electoral Insight, “Youth Participation in Elections” (July 2003). http://bit.ly/pSD4ZQ Marion Menard, "Youth Voter Turnout in Canada 2. Reasons for the Decline and Efforts to Increase Participation". Ottawa: Parliament of Canada,...
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