politics of Postcolonial Africa Guidelines for the Final Paper
As mentioned in the Updated Syllabus, we decided to adopt a final paper as opposed to a final exam.
This final paper can be submitted either as a ‘personal’ assignment or as a group of two.
However, we would appreciate it if, in the case of the latter, both students will contribute equally to the paper.
What we are looking for:
- A good research question. While we have a list of potential topics below, we do
appreciate curiosity and writing a paper that is interesting to you! As such, please
send either to Dr. Koren or Alex Klein your topic & research question. We’ll help
guide you in the beginning process.
- The Structure of your paper should be as follows:
o An introduction and an empirical puzzle. This should present, in short, the
topic of the paper and why your research question is important.
o Research question / Assumption
o A General Background
o Your research – can be in the form of an argument or a comparison. If you
want to do something more unique (policy proposal, etc.), please contact us
o A conclusion that recaps your research and looks back at the research
- One thing that we appreciate is if the different ‘parts’ of your paper ‘are in sync.’ This
helps make the paper – ‘focused.’ What we through ‘in sync’ is that all parts of the
paper relate to one another and that there is a clear line from beginning to end.
- Due date: TBD
- No more than 7 pages (excluding front page and bibliography). However, having it
shorter than 7 pages isn’t an issue. We’ve seen brilliant papers that were 5 pages –
so use how much space you need up until 7 pages.
- Spacing: 1.5.
- As usual, it is essential to cite all information in an academic manner. A good
program that can help you cite properly is Zotero which is an open-source program
for Windows, macOS, and Linux that can help you (there is even a plug-in for Word).
We expect the paper to be submitted via Moodle. And as always, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact either Dr. Koren or me.
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