UNC Charlotte Spring 2008
Guidelines for Research Papers
Length, Topic, and Method for Research Papers
Each student is to write an original research paper of about 3,000 words
(about 8 double-spaced, typed pages).
Topically, the research paper is to arise from, but go beyond, class readings
and discussions by focusing on:
- one of the philosophers (such as Locke or Rousseau),
- one of the methods (such as rationalism or empiricism), or
- one of the themes (such as substance or sovereignty).
Methodologically, students have various options, such as:
- analyzing additional works of a particular philosopher,
- presenting alternative interpretations from the literature on a philosophy,
method or theme, or
- comparing two or three of the philosophers or methods in relation to
a specific theme.
In addition, each research paper must have a thesis for which the student
presents support. Hence, unlike the take-home and in-class exams in
this class (which are expositional), the research paper must be argumentative
and must draw from sources in addition to assigned readings. The majority
of the secondary sources must be from journal articles or books, namely,
web sources must be in the minority. Also, citation of articles in
Wikipedia <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page> is not acceptable.
Due Date for Proposals on Research Papers
Each student is to submit a descriptive paragraph or outline of approximately
300 words on the proposed research paper by March 20.
Due Date for Research Papers
The research paper is due no later than April 17. N.B. Grades
on late research papers will be lowered one letter grade for each class day
they are late.