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HIST 1122 - Hensley (Paulding) - Spring 2018: The Assignment

The Assignment

CRN 20790, HIST 1122
Take-Home Essay Instructions

Topic Choices
Please choose one of these topics to write on, based off of your reading of Lynn Hunt’s The French Revolution and Human Rights and at least one peer-reviewed secondary source obtained through the Georgia Highlands College library resources:
1. How did the ideas of “universal rights” and “natural law” influence the political changes that happened during the French Revolution? Use examples from both before and after the Revolution
2. Compare and contrast the development of rights for women during the French Revolution with the development of rights for other marginalized groups (such as religious minorities and enslaved people), and give a reason for the differences.
3. How and why did the concept of who belonged to the French nation expand during the French Revolution?
4. “During the French Revolution, all the talk about ‘human rights’ was hypocritical because revolutionary leaders ignored them in in the face of foreign threats.” Do you agree with this assessment? Why or why not?


Grading
I will grade your papers with the aid of a rubric, which I will make available to you on D2L in the “Take-Home Essay” module ahead of time.


Steps in the Assignment
The dropboxes for all steps of the assignment will be available under the “Take-Home Essay” module on D2L. For each step in the assignment, you will need to complete a checklist (also under the “Take-Home Essay” module) on D2L before the dropbox for the submission will be available to you.
All steps must be uploaded as .doc, .docx, or .rtf documents – do not use .pdf.
Late submissions for each step of the assignment will be docked by 10% per calendar day, starting at 5:01PM on the due date.


Outline: Due on D2L, Friday, March 2 at 5:00PM (2.5% of the final course grade)
You will submit a short document in which you lay out which question you are choosing to answer, what your thesis statement will be, which three sources from the Hunt book you will use, and which peer-reviewed secondary source obtained through the Georgia Highlands College library resources you plan on using. You may change these between the outline and the first draft – and indeed, I might give you feedback encouraging to do so – but this is to get you thinking about how to structure your paper.


First Draft: Due on D2L, Friday, March 16 at 5:00PM (7.5% of the final course grade)
This is will be a first draft, not a rough draft. Please put your name somewhere on the front page and indicate which question you are answering. Your paper will need to be between 900 and 1100 words long, with your thesis statement underlined somewhere in your introduction. You will need to use at least three primary source documents from the Hunt text and at least one peer-reviewed secondary source obtained through the Georgia Highlands College library resources.


Take-Home Essay Instructions

Final Draft: Due on D2L, Friday, April 6 at 5:00PM (15% of the final course grade)
You will submit a final draft which you will have rewritten taking my feedback into account. Unless I specifically tell you that you do not need to make major changes, if you submit the same paper with no changes I will deduct 5 percentage points from your final paper grade. Be sure to “clean up” your paper so that the tracked changes edits and comments are no longer visible. Please put your name somewhere on the front page and indicate which question you are answering. Your paper will need to be between 900 and 1100 words long, with your thesis statement underlined somewhere in your introduction. You will need to use at least three primary source documents from the Hunt text and at least one peer-reviewed secondary source obtained through the Georgia Highlands College library resources.


Citations
I will provide you with sample documents showing how to format both your outline as well as the actual paper.
In the outline, you will indicate which secondary source(s) you plan to use by including an entry in the bibliography format of the Chicago Manual of Style (Humanities).


In the actual paper, you will have two types of citations.
• For citations from the assigned course materials (the Lynn Hunt book, the McKay textbook, and items from D2L) you will use simple parenthetical notation, with the name of the author and page numbers used (or, for D2L, just the title of the document). DO NOT USE FOOTNOTES FOR THESE SOURCES.
• For citations from your peer-reviewed secondary source(s), you should use a footnote using the footnote format of the Chicago Manual of Style (Humanities).
Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) has guidelines for the Chicago Manual of Style: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/01/
You do not need a works cited section or bibliography.
YOU MAY NOT USE OUTSIDE SOURCES. Please remember the penalties for academic dishonesty as laid out in the course syllabus.

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