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POL325: Congress & the Presidency


Final Research Paper Outline

The end of the class is rapidly approaching and now is the time to begin working on your Final Research Paper. This assignment will give you an opportunity to create a detailed outline of your Final Research Paper that will be reviewed by your instructor. The feedback provided will help you create a better final product.

Review the Final Paper instructions in Week Five. Then, view the Sample Outline from the Ashford Writing Center and format your outline for the Final Research Paper according to the Sample Outline.

First, select a topic from the list provided below:

  • The impeachment of President Clinton, 1998.
  • The passage of the War Powers Resolution, 1973.
  • Executive Order – The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863
  • Executive Orders #9066/9102—Internment of Japanese Americans, 1942

As explained in the Final Research Paper instructions in Week Five of the course, your paper and outline will consist of five major sections. For this assignment, you will need to complete the following sections in your outline:

  1. Introduction:
    1. Introduce the paper’s main points and present a thesis.
  2. Background information:
    1. Discuss the paper’s main topic and describe how the issue involves one of the following processes:
      • Congressional process that affected the powers of the President.
      • Presidential process that affected the powers of Congress.
    2. Describe the political tensions surrounding the issue.
  3. Results of the process:
    1. Explain why and how the process increased cooperation or conflict between Congress and the Presidency.
  4. Changes in political power:
    1. Assess whether Congress or the Presidency gained power as a result of the process.
  5. Conclusion:
    1. Summarize the paper’s main points and thesis.

The outline must be two to three pages in length (excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least three scholarly sources (at least two of which must be found in the Ashford University Library) in addition to the textbook to support your claims. Cite your resources in text and on the reference page. For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation.

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