CRIJ 5352 Homeland Security – online (Fall 2018)
Writing Requirement: A major requirement of the course is the development of a graduate level research paper. The paper will be approximately 8 – 10 pages on a topic relevant to Homeland Security. Select a topic and identify issue(s) related to that topic. Once your topic has been approved, you may begin your research. Your paper will define the issue(s) and make recommendations in the interest of improving Homeland Security based on sound analysis. My expectations on your research paper:
- Your paper should be approximately 8 – 10 pages in length (excluding cover page, reference list and appendices).
- Your paper should provide a concise introduction which clearly identifies the issue(s) you are addressing, and an overview of the data you are relying on in identifying the issue(s) presented.
- At least half of the paper should focus on your analysis of those issues providing your recommendations for the way forward. This may be in the form of very tangible and specific recommendations, or actions that need to be taken to further flesh out the issue(s), or both.
- Most importantly – I expect creativity, and academic curiosity and innovation in your analysis of the issue(s) you have identified. This is the essence of what distinguishes a graduate level paper from an undergraduate paper. Do not give me readily available data distilled down to a summary with well-known recommendations. Put significant effort into identifying an issue(s) and creativity in analyzing it and defining solutions which will contribute to the mission of securing our homeland. In Blackboard/Writing Resources, there is a list of external references related to this course. I encourage you to peruse that list in support of your research and topic selection. If you are having trouble finding any of the listed references please contact me and I’ll forward it to you.
- I would also be delighted to have an off-line conversation with you at any time during the course to discuss your paper topic – please do not hesitate to reach out to me early in the course via email initially.
- Your topic AND an abstract of your topic (not to exceed 200 words) is due on Friday November 2 (feel free to submit earlier).
- Final research papers are due December 7.
- Review the guidance in APA Style Central under the Writing Resources link in Blackboard for this course. Please submit your Research Paper via Blackboard/Assignments.
- Late submissions will not be accepted.
Presentation: each student will make a presentation to the instructor on their research paper. The presentation should last approximately 10 – 15 minutes to be followed by approximately 10 – 15 minutes of questions and discussion. The presentation should be presented as follows:
- Describe the general issue you researched.
- Give an overview of the current data which defines or informs that issue.
- Explain your findings and recommendations as to the issue. This will also allow us to have a one-on-one conversation about the course, your career plans as they may relate to Homeland Security, or other topic. The presentations will occur during the week of December 8 to 14. No later than Wednesday, November 21 contact me directly and set up a time/date for your presentation.