1) Explain at least three distinct strategies that states have used for economic development, drawing from both lecture and the textbook.
- In doing so, be sure to also answer the following questions: What is development? Who are the actors? What are their interests? How do these actors interact? How might institutions shape these actors’ strategies and interactions?
- Why were each of these strategies successful or unsuccessful?
May I write in the first person (use “I” etc.)?
Yes. You are welcome to write in the first person (for example: “I partially agree with the perspective that…” or “In my analysis I believe that….”) You are also welcome to write more formally in the third person. Either way, however, you are expected to maintain a scholarly tone. Use proper grammar and spelling. Edit your paper before submission.
What are the formatting requirements?
Your essay should be composed in Word or another similar program and include:
- your name at the top
- 12-point Times or Times New Roman font
- one-inch margins on all four sides (NOTE: Microsoft Word defaults to 1.25-inch margins. Please adjust to 1-inch all around.)
- double spacing (except for block quotes & works cited)
- no unnecessary gaps between paragraphs or unusual spacing
- page numbers (lower right corner)
- no fewer than 2 pages and no more than 4 pages (excluding works cited)
Do I have to cite my sources?
Yes. Please use either internal citations or footnotes to cite any readings (such as your textbook) and any ideas that are not your own (such as an idea you learned from a classmate during discussion section). You do not have to cite the course lectures (simply say something like, “In lecture on Wednesday, November 10, we learned…”), though you may do so if it makes your writing easier. In addition to citing sources within the text, please add a Works Cited section that will not count toward your page requirement (even if you only cite the textbook.)
How do you grade our essays?
Below is a rubric. Note that point values indicate the highest possible number of points for each criterion. Papers start at zero and earn points; they do not start at 100 and “lose” points.
- Demonstrates knowledge gained from POSC 020 lectures and readings: 40 points
- Fully answers each part of the essay prompt with analysis, not just summary: 40 points
- Writing flow, organization, overall clarity, grammar, & correct formatting: 15 points
- Sophistication, e.g., originality, depth, synthesis of key themes: 5 points