I’m working on a History question and need guidance to help me study.
The research paper proposal is an opportunity to get feedback on your ideas, sources and structure for
your research paper. See the description of the research paper (below) for
further guidelines. The paper
proposal is a 3
4 page document that includes
Your draft thesis (argument) and introduction
A bullet point outline of your paper
oWhat are your main sections?
oApproximately how long will each part be?
oWhat are the topic sentences/sub-arguments for each section?
•Problems you expect to encounter (trouble finding sources, too much information, time
management) and how you might address them
You will be evaluated based on the extent to which you meet these criteria. Further details of the
assignment will be discussed in class. You will not be held to your outline (i.e.if your research paper is
slightly different this is okay, papers evolve as we work on them), but it is a valuable opportunity to get
feedback towards a strong paper
For your research paper you will choose one historical case or document which has shaped contemporary human rights history (e.g. the Charter of Rights,R. v N.S.
this is an argument-centered paper you must present an argument about the document or the case you are analyzing
(for example its contribution to human rights history, its accuracy or omissions in representation, etc