campaign to address a human rights issue
Below are the requirements, and a suggested structure, for the final paper.
This paper must propose a campaign to address a human rights issue, written in academic language, and using academic sources to evidence the arguments made in the paper.
The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate student understanding of the texts and issues – we understand that this will not be a flawless, professional-grade campaign!
This paper should be articulated in 5-8 pages, standard format (12 point Times New Roman double-spaced font, saved as a .PDF file) and following APA citation style. Deviations from this format will result in significant grade reductions.
The MINIMUM sources for this assignment are as follows:
4 academic sources:
Each Chapter of the Brysk book, and each article of the Goodhart-edited volume, counts as 1 academic source.
Remember: Unless Goodhart wrote the specific article in the Goodhart-edited volume, Goodhart is NOT the author of that article.
For example, the following sources would equal 4 academic sources from this class: Brysk, Chapter 2 ; Brysk, Chapter 8 ; Cardenas article ; Schultz article.
You are welcome to include additional academic sources from other classes, but 4 of your academic sources must come from this class.
2 non-academic sources:
Articles from major news/media sources, such as Al Jazeera, BBC, The Guardian, The New Yorker, New York Times, etc. all count in this category.
ADDITIONAL sources are encouraged from newer and/or non-conventional sources of information.
One example is The Intercept, a hyper-critical new online publication by Greenwald, Scahill, and Poitras focusing on NSA and USA control programs.
A very different example would be Dabiq, the professionally-produced magazine for Islamic State in Iraq/Levant (ISIS/L).
Lastly, an article or text from a private blog or more casual website, such as Buzzfeed, could also be used.
These examples are all VERY different, but each represents a new type of media and may provide very pertinent examples of contemporary issues that connect to your essay topic. None of these should be cited as academic, authoritative, peer-reviewed theories.
Keep in mind that generally speaking, READING: provides ideas for arguments and evidence; makes it easier to write the actual essay; more sources provides not just a higher word count, but actually improves the argument by adding more dimensions to that argument.
The GENERAL STRUCTURE of your essay could be as follows:
Introductory Paragraph(s) which include:
– a brief overview of the human rights issue at hand
– a brief overview of a campaign concerning this human rights issue
– a CLEAR THESIS STATEMENT, which may be 1-3 sentences long, which sums up what the following paper is going to address, and how it is going to address it
Analysis of the Human Rights Issue
– what is this a case of?
– what types of responses does this issue generally warrant? (IE: Genocide warrants intervention)
– what literature, texts, and theories address this issue?
– For example: what does Schultz’s theory imply about it, v. what does Chandler’s or Cardenas’s or Staub’s theory imply about it?
– do texts/theorists/theories overlap, or conflict?
Outline of the Campaign Concerning this Human Rights Issue
– what is the generic goal of this campaign, and why/how is that the goal?
– why this specific campaign instead of other (types of) campaign(s)?
Details of the Campaign Concerning this Human Rights Issue
– what are the specifics of this campaign?
– what components of the Brysk book’s ideas of effective campaigns are present (or lacking) in this campaign?
– what similar historical human rights issues and campaigns does this proposed campaign mirror?
– justify, using evidence from academic and other sources, the SPECIFIC tactics of this campaign:
– – – what are the intended outcomes of the campaign?
– – – what will be leverage on the human rights violator?
– – – why and how will the campaign use the medium, framing, timing, location, and actors that you specify?
– briefly review the human rights issue at hand
– briefly review the campaign
– briefly predict or reflect on possible outcomes, problems, or interconnections between this campaign and other pertinent issues
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