Your final exam is a format response to the variety of issues we’ve covered in class throughout the term. Students are able to pick the topics that they want to cover. The goal is to have you review the intersections of the issues you choose.
See the instructions below.
Clearly identify the reading(s) you are analyzing (up to 4, minimum of 2). Your paper should demonstrate or prove a main point explicitly indicated in your first paragraph. Do not summarize the readings, merely express agreement or disagreement, or comment superficially on a variety of topics. Instead, develop a single theme as you analyze issues that relate to the course, express and justify your own views, and explain why alternative views are wrong.
For example, do not simply agree with an author that inequality is bad, or say that people should teach children not to discriminate, or claim that an author's article is either brilliant or ridiculous. Instead, pinpoint the controversy; this often relates to the author's ideological perspective on the underlying problem's origins and possible solutions.
The ideal paper is an analytical, persuasive, and personal discussion of a single controversial point in the readings. I am not asking you to be "objective"--I want to know what you think--but you do have to be fair in presenting and analyzing alternative perspectives as you reflect upon, and justify, your own. Make sure, also, that you do not simply repeat comments made in the discussion forums. Be original, be creative. LEARN.