women and gender studies

The research paper will be an 8 page scholarly essay, using the citation style of your home department. Papers must be argumentative and draw on the work of this course, but will also require you to cite 5 scholarly sources related to your topic.

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Please also review the syllabus instructions.

Choose one of the following questions to answer in your project:

1. Choose a state or provincial law, policy, or treaty (or one that has been proposed, even if it hasn’t passed) in Canada that deals with the border and/or nation-building in some way. Research its history and academic engagements with it. What does this document and its legacies (if applicable) tell us about the nation-state? Why is studying this document important for understanding the border and/or the nation-state? Draw on the “Checklist for Analyzing a Cultural Text” document in the syllabus.

2. Choose a cultural text that takes up the border in some way. Research academic discussions of the text and/or the idea. What idea(s) is it engaging? What do you think of its engagement? And why is it important to think about this engagement? Draw on the “Checklist for Analyzing a Cultural Text” document in the syllabus.

3. Choose a country and research its engagements with nation-building. How is it done and why is it significant? If you decide to use this topic, you must take into account an additional reading by Aili Marie Tripp on feminist imperialism (attached). Draw on the “Checklist for Analyzing a Cultural Text” document in the syllabus.

4. Develop an essay question that is formulated like the ones above and submit it for instructor approval on the proposal.

Tips:
• When you finish your project, return to the question you are answering to make sure that you have addressed it.
• Be careful with how you engage with course materials. The strongest papers will move beyond summarizing or repeating other thinkers’ arguments.
• Careful with statements like, “In my opinion…”; “I believe…”; or “I will explore…”
o I would encourage phrases like, “In this project, I will argue that…”
• I highly recommend editing!

Good luck!

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