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Topical Research in International Relations 
Students write an approximately 10 page paper, on topic of choice. Choose an event or issue related to International Relations. Research history, opinion on either side (if there is more than one side), and discuss how the issue or event might have been handled differently--or how they would have handled it.
Rubric Code: B625C5
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Subject: Political Science  
Type: Writing  
Grade Levels: Undergraduate


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  OUTSTANDING

10 pts

STRONG

8 pts

ADEQUATE

6 pts

LIMITED

4 pts

DEFICIENT

2 pts

MISSING

0 pts

Introduction of Issue or Event
20 %

Describe what it is you'll be writing about. Provide a bit of history. Lay the groundwork

OUTSTANDING

Student presents a clear explanation of the event or issue that will be examined. A history of the issue, from multiple sources is provided.
STRONG

Student presents a clear explanation of the event or issue that will be examined. A description of the history of the issue is provided, but sourcing/research is limited.
ADEQUATE

Presents a clear explanation of the event or issue that will be, historical context is superficial.
LIMITED

Presents a very limited explanation of the event or issue that is being analyzed, and has no historical context of the event/issue included.
DEFICIENT

Is unclear or seriously limited in presenting or developing the issue or event which will be analyzed
MISSING

Missing
Historical Context
20 %

Here you would be more complete in your discussion of the history. Also include an overview of opinions of the time about how the particular event or issue should have been handled.

OUTSTANDING

Student discusses a near exhaustive range history associated with the event/issue. Multiple examples of varying opinions at the time are included and properly sourced.
STRONG

While not an exhaustive discussion of the history, the student demonstrates a certain depth of knowledge, and presents the key opinions involved.
ADEQUATE

Student focuses on only one or two historical sources and/or opinions of the time.
LIMITED

Student seems to struggle to develop a historical context for the issue/event being researched.
DEFICIENT

Student gives next-to-no attention to the historical context of the issue/event being researched.
MISSING

Missing
Analysis and Critique
20 %

Student provides an analysis of the event/issue, including what he/she would have done differently (or wouldn't have), and WHY. What paradigm has been/should be used?

OUTSTANDING

Student's analysis of the issue/event in question covers all of the important points. Student addresses strengths or weaknesses in the policy decisions that were made, and discusses how he/she would have handled it differently, and WHY. Reference to the theoretical paradigm used is a plus.
STRONG

Student's analysis of the issue/event in question covers most of the important points. Students addresses most of the strengths and weaknesses in the policy decisions that were made, and attempts a discussion of how he or she thinks it SHOULD have been handled, and why.
ADEQUATE

The student's analysis of the event in question attempts to cover at least two varying positions on the issue. Student attempts to address the strengths and weaknesses in the policy decisions that were made, but may have trouble putting them into appropriate context.
LIMITED

The student has attempted a half-hearted analysis which has touched on some relevant issues, but has largely fallen short.
DEFICIENT
MISSING

Missing
Written Communication
15 %

How well you are able to get your point across.

OUTSTANDING

Excellent mechanics, grammar, word usage. Language is clear and appropriate. Writing style is effective.
STRONG

Expresses ideas clearly and well, using appropriate vocabulary and sentence variety. May have errors in mechanics, grammar, or word usage.
ADEQUATE

Expresses ideas with reasonable clarity. Contains signficant errors in mechanics, grammar, or word usage.
LIMITED

Has problems in language and sentence structure that result in a lack of clarity.Contains occasional major errors or frequent minor errors in grammar, usage, or mechanics.
DEFICIENT

Has serious problems in the use of language and sentence structure that frequently interfere with meaning. Contains serious errors in grammar, usage, or mechanics obscure meaning
MISSING
Format
5 %

How does the paper LOOK?

OUTSTANDING

The paper meets the standards assigned for margins, type size, spacing. Page numbers are present. The front page of the paper includes a 1-2 paragraph summary of the issue being explored, and the general findings. The student's name is included as a header on the pages. If the paper is not submitted electronically, it is turned in stapled in the top left corner, and is 9-11 pages in length, excluding the summary page and any citations/bibliography.
STRONG

The paper meets the standards assigned for margins, type size, spacing. Page numbers are present. The front page includes a 1-2 paragraph summary of the issue being explored, and the general findings. The students name is included in typewritten form. If the paper is not submitted electronically, it is turned in stapled in the top left corner, and is 8-10 pages in length, excluding the summary page and any citations/bibliography.
ADEQUATE

The paper meets the standards assigned for margins, type size, spacing. Page numbers are present. The front page summary is minimal. The students name is included. If the paper is not submitted electronically, it is stapled in the top left corner, and is 7-9 pages in length, excluding the summary page and any citations/bibliography.
LIMITED

The paper meets most, but not all of the standards assigned for margins, type size, spacing. Page numbers may or may not be present. No front page summary. Paper is 7 pages or less, excluding the summary page and any citations/bibliography.
DEFICIENT

The paper is missing significant portions of the aforementioned requirements and/or is significantly under 7 pages of analysis in length (excluding summary page and citations/bibliography).
MISSING
Citations
10 %

Citations are used effectively, and proper notation is used.

OUTSTANDING

Support and evidence are referenced using paraphrasing in the students own voice and are cited properly within the text of the paper. A bibliography is included.
STRONG

Support and evidence are referenced using paraphrasing in the students own voice and most are cited properly within the text of the paper. A bibliography is included.
ADEQUATE

Support and evidence are referenced using paraphrasing in the students own voice - citations are not properly formatted. A bibliography is included.
LIMITED

The student uses language that is not his/her own and does not provide citations for support. No bibliography.
DEFICIENT
MISSING

No citations are included in the text.
Research skills
10 %

Sources can be scholarly journals, primary sources, appropriate internet sources.

OUTSTANDING

Paper uses at least 8 different relevant sources, showing a depth and breadth of research effort. Sources should be of different types (scholarly journals, primary sources like newspaper articles, appropriate web pages)
STRONG

Paper uses at least 6 different relevant sources, showing some depth of research effort. Sources should be of a variety of types.
ADEQUATE

Paper uses at least 5 different relevant sources, showing an effort at research. Sources should be of a variety of types.
LIMITED

Paper uses 3 or fewer relevant sources .
DEFICIENT

Paper uses 1 or 2 relevant sources.
MISSING

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