You have already read and discussed various issues and research methods that anthropologists focus on. As you may have discovered by now – Anthropology is the truly study of the human experience and certainly goes beyond the topics of the course.
For this position paper, propose a problem, a question you are interested in exploring. It may be a specific topic covered in the course or it may be one not discussed. It may certainly be a topic of a problem occuring in contemporary American society. Propose a question or questions for inquiry. Using scholarly outside sources (academic papers, newspaper articles, videos) provide background information to the problem you are posing to study. Where will you conduct your study? Be specific. If it is a large city or town, what population will be your study sample? For example – low income African American communities in St. Louis. Or first responder, frontline medical staff in a low income hospital. Be specific. How many people will participate in your study? What ethnographic methods will you use to explore and answer your question(s)? (Use textbook information on ethnographic methods). Why is your topic and study important? How will it improve society and/or humanity?
Overall answer the questions: Who?, What?, Where?, How? and Why? In other words, be sure to answer the questions: Who will participate in your study? What is the topic of your study? Where will you conduct your study? (You may conduct your study anywhere in the world), How will you conduct your study? (what ethnographic methods will you use) and why is your study important to your community, town, city, state, American society and to the world?
You will write a paper proposing your study following the guidelines below:
Position Paper (Essay) Requirements
Take care to turn the paper in before the deadline (based on Central Standard Time), failure to do so will result in your inability to turn it in at all, any paper turned in after the precise deadline will be rejected by the system and you will receive a zero for the paper, no exemptions to this policy. I get excuses like: “I turned it in one minute after the deadline.” Pay attention to the deadlines and turn in your assignments with plenty of time to spare. If you are a student who waits until the last evening to turn in assignments, you will not do well in this course.
Paper is at least 5 pages in length. Paper will contain sub-headings for each part of the paper, e.g. Introduction, (what is the topic? What is/are the question(s) you plan to explore in your research study? Who is your study population? Where will your study take place? Describe the place/location of the study. Provide demographic information, where it’s located. Provide a brief history of the location/place and the institution. How will you conduct your study? What are the methods you will use. Describe in detail. Finally, why is your study important? Why should anybody care? What will it contribute to the community, to American society and to the world? Use and apply any anthropological concepts from the course.
This paper must be written in Microsoft Word, Times New Roman, 12pt font, double spaced. No other format is acceptable.
The purpose of this assignment is to illustrate that you have command of the introductory, anthropological course material presented in the text, readings, films and lectures.
You will illustrate your command of the material in this course by proposing an anthropological/ethnographic study. You will support the problem you plan to explore for your study by using appropriate evidence, which utilizes information from your texts and other course materials. You may use as many external academic/scholarly anthropology sources (academic books, journal articles, etc.) as you like or think is appropriate. In addition to the course textbook, which should be included in a References Cited page. Popular websites, Wikipedia, and other similar sources are not acceptable.
Statement of purpose in the introduction e.g. This can be noted by stating: “The purpose of this study is………….
Headings should include: #1: The Problem and Background (Answers Questions of Who, What is the topic, Research questions you are posing, purpose of the study). #2 – Location of Study. Where will you conduct your study. Tell me about the place and/or community or institution. Provide some historical background – when was it founded, when was the particularly community established, etc. #3: Methodology. What ethnographic methods will you use? What is your study sample? How many people are in your study sample? #4: Significance. This answers the question why is your study important? Why should anyone care about your study and topic? Why do you care about this topic. Only choose a topic you deeply care about! What matters to you?
You must try to illustrate an understanding of the topic/issue from an anthropological perspective. You can only do this with making connections to the appropriate material in the text, lectures, films, etc…
There should be appropriate and sufficient explanation/analysis of topic/issue, which utilizes or integrates course materials (texts, lectures, films, etc.).
The paper includes strong evidence from course materials: lectures, text, films or other readings that support the position. If your position is the opposite of what the majority of anthropologists argue, you must supply, not only evidence for your argument from academic sources, but evidence from anthropological sources as well (even though they do not support your position).
The integration of textual and other course material is a requirement, without which, you cannot get a satisfactory grade for the assignment.
There is an appropriate citation form (with in-text citations, ABSOLUTELY NO FOOTNOTES OR ENDNOTES ALLOWED). APA or Chicago manual of style is acceptable (Just follow the style in the text’s References Cited section.)
Paper is at least 5 pages in length (not counting the Cover Page (if you have one) or the References Cited page).
Absolutely no spelling or grammatical errors. Three points will be deducted for EACH spelling and grammatical error!
Writing an Essay: Style/Form
Headings, which help organize the material.
Transitional sentences at the end of each paragraph.
Appropriate topic sentences at the beginning of each paragraph.
No third person pronouns. First person only, e.g., “in this paper I will argue.” NOT: This author will argue.
Paper is well organized, topics flow from one paragraph to another.
Paper should have no writing/composition problems, e.g.
If the paper looks as though it was written in haste without editing, it is considered a DRAFT. (No paper will receive a satisfactory/average grade if it is a draft).