Your comparative politics project will require you to write a 5-page
research paper in which you analyze and make recommendations about a
key political issue in the United States, Nigeria, or Mexico. You
select only one nation as your focus.
Your final project is due in Module 05. There will be individual assignments along the way. The module they are due is noted in the time line below.
Thesis and Outline
Final Project Submission
Your final paper should follow the format outlined below:
- Title Page
- Body – 5 pages in length
- References page – in APA format. See note below.
Chose only one of the questions below to discuss as the topic of your research paper:
- USA. “Describe what you feel will be one or
two key economic and social issues to be debated at the 2016
Presidential elections in the United States – based on your work
in this class. What direction do you feel should be taken in the
country in order to solve the specific problems mentioned?”
- Nigeria. Read your textbook’s chapter on
Nigeria in West Africa. Answer the question: “How have the
frequent shifts from civilian to military rule and back again
exacerbated Nigeria’s social and economic problems? What direction
do you feel Nigeria should take in the future? Explain.”
- Mexico. Read your textbook’s chapter on
Mexico in Central America. Answer the question: “How and why did
forces undermining the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party)
emerge, culminating in the victory of Vicente Fox of PAN (the
National Action Party). In political terms, where do you feel
Mexico should go in the future?”
Develop a Thesis
Write a tentative thesis based on your chosen question above. Your
thesis lets the reader know what political issue you will tackle in
the United States, Nigeria, or Mexico. The last part of your thesis
should include a “seed” of thought to indicate where you stand on the
question. For an example of a thesis, please see Guidelines for Writing Research Papers located in the Course Materials folder.
Research your textbook plus at least two other sources from your
college’s online library or your local community library. Gather 4-6 or
more quotations or citations, using APA style. After you gather your
research documentation, revise your thesis as needed to fit the facts.