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The major assignment in this course is an academic research paper on a topic of your choice. We will work on this assignment in six stages through the semester, as outlined below. Your task is to analyze a specific problem, issue or event related to religion and politics. You should choose a topic that really interests or impacts you. You might choose something that was briefly discussed in class and go further in depth. You might apply a concept from a course text to a new situation. You might choose to take your presentation topic and expand it into a paper. The paper could be historical, sociological, or theological. In short, the topic is flexible, but it must relate to themes from our course and utilize course readings and discussions, in addition to supplemental research that goes beyond course materials.
October 3 - Preliminary proposal and bibliography
October 19 - Final proposal and annotated bibliography
November 2 - Sentence outline
November 16 - First draft of research paper
November 28 - Final draft of research paper
December 8 - Research presentation