Feminism, Gender Equality and Sexism: Who is the Head/Bread winner of the House?

Instructions for research papers Topics for the Main Research Paper: Feminism, Gender Equality and Sexism: Who is the Head/Bread winner of the House? The Main Research Paper Your research paper should be 10 p. min., double space. Proper documentation of sources is essential. The structure and organization of ideas should be well crafted. A standard research paper should include a title, the course name and professor’s name. It should consist of introduction, the main body and conclusion. You should use footnotes for cited works and a bibliography at the bottom of the document. Introduction Why did you choose this topic and why do you think it is important? (Half a page or a page) Main Body The main body of your paper should include your main points of argumentation. The body should have separate paragraphs for your supporting points and ideas. Here you should do an overview of existing literature. A concise overview of various author(s) would be a great start. The paper will be significantly strengthened if the authors you have chosen are reputable in the field and not simply marginal names taken out of the Internet. Ideally, you should present various opposing views of authors. For example: Author X states that A=B, but Author Y disagrees, however, author Z presents an entirely new idea to the field etc. You may view the question you are discussing in light of various religious, geographical, cultural etc. traditions comparing and analyzing them. You are free to write creatively, however, you should remember that a strong research paper refrains from expressing radical, uncompromising and opinionated positions. You should also refrain from using sexist, racist and hostile ideas. Please refrain from inserting excessive pictures and large sized charts and diagrams (although you may do so if necessary). I am more interested in your reasoning and writing. You should also avoid inserting large portions of direct quotations. Direct quotations should be highlighted either with Italics or with Bold and in quotation marks. You are not allowed to quote a text from a source without mentioning the author and the source title. Please, use your own words and be yourself. Suspiciously advanced and overly sophisticated wording may necessitate asking you to explain a specific portion in question. Ideally, you should have 2 footnote references per page. Cutting and pasting material from the Internet is prohibited. Using Internet sources is allowed, of course, but please remember that excessive Internet references (address line, link references instead of an actual book) do not add prestige to the paper. Conclusion (Half a page to a page) Finally, in conclusion, you may state your own opinion and that you find author X’s view more reasonable and explain why? Explain why you disagree with the view Y? Documentation of sources Footnoting Example (although you may use your own style) (First appearance of the book) John Jackson, Memoirs Of My Life, (New York: University Press, 2011), pp. 2-6 Ibid. pp. 12-13 (meaning at the same place as above) Peter Owens, My Book, (Oxford: Oxford Press, 2000), p. 3 (Second appearance of the same book, short title) Jackson, Memoirs, p. 5 Internet articles and published articles Michael Jones, “Buddhist Ethics ” CSUN Journal of Indian History, (2002) Or www.internetarticle.com On the last page you should list your Bibliography. Do not forget to paginate the document. Possible point deductions 1. Improper usage of source documentation (footnoting) – 12 points deduction 2. Logical inconsistency, failure to present or argue your point clearly, inconsistency with the chosen topic – 20 points 3. Poor grammar, frequent typos, unnecessary repetitions of ideas and phrases – 8 points. 4. Failure to meet the page requirement. 5 points for each missing page. 5. Insufficient usage of sources -15 points. Note, that this is a research paper and not a book report or a reflection paper. A Minimum of 5 books should be used for this research. A strong research paper should include 10 or more published books and articles.

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