HUM 370: Term Paper

| June 26, 2016

HUM 370: Term Paper
In this course you will write a term paper on a current topic of your choice related to cultural pluralism. This week, you must find a
topic related to one of the following current medical ethics issues:
 The Legacy of Racism
 Religious Oppression
 Classism
 Sexism
 Heterosexism
 Ableism
Due Dates
Week 2: Topic submitted
Week 4: Outline submitted
Week 6: Rough draft submitted
Week 9: Final paper submitted
Term Paper Requirements:
 Discuss the historical and contemporary aspects of your topic.
 Discuss current public policy debates relevant to the topic you choose. This section should cover proposed solutions to
problems related to your topic and arguments in favor of and opposed to those solutions.
 Express your personal opinion regarding the proposed solutions and arguments.
 It is expected that you have the following:
o A title page
o The body of the paper: 4‐6 pages of text, double‐spaced, 12 point font with clear and understandable language
with no grammar or spelling errors. Provide adequate justification that supports your response with at least three
appropriate references using textbooks, websites, and articles are required.
o Subheadings (historical and contemporary aspects, public policy, and personal opinion/conclusion.)
o Appropriate in‐text citations throughout paper
o A reference page with only the sources that you used in the body of the paper. Sources should be less than 5 years
old unless there has not been recent research available. At least one reference must be a peer‐reviewed article
from a profession journal. Do not use Wikipedia or encyclopedia as they are not considered a reliable academic
source to use.
o Appropriate formatting as per APA 6th ed. website: http://owl.english.purdue.edu
Grading (300 possible points total)
Points Possible
Topic Submission 10
Outline 30
Rough Draft 40
Final Paper
(see detailed
rubric below)
120
200
Final Paper Rubric
Meets Expectations
80‐100%
Approaches Expectations
60‐79%
Does Not Meet Expectations
0‐59%
Content
50%
Paper demonstrates that the
author fully understands and
has applied course concepts.
Paper includes several high
quality, thought‐ provoking
ideas.
Topic is focused narrowly
enough for the scope of the
assignment.
Paper does not demonstrate
that the author fully
understands and has applied
course concepts.
Paper includes few, if any,
thought‐provoking ideas or
unique insights to the
discussion.
Topic is not focused narrowly
enough for the scope of the
assignment.
The paper indicates no
understanding of the concepts
in the course.
The paper lacks any
exploration of the subject by
the author.
The topic is unclear or too
broad for the scope of the
assignment.
Organization/
Cohesiveness
20%
Connections among subtopics
and the thesis/topic are clear
without being repetitive or
redundant.
Concluding remarks
demonstrate analysis and
synthesis of ideas.
Writing and integration of
source materials is eloquent
and skillful.
Connections among subtopics
are missing or forced.
Conclusion is unclear or
disconnected from the topic.
Writing and integration of
source materials is awkward or
confusing.
Connections among subtopics
are missing. Subtopics are not
presented.
Conclusion is missing or
disconnected from the topic.
Writing lacks skill. Sources are
not present.
Supporting
Evidence/Research
20%
Three or more appropriate
sources are completely and
eloquently integrated
throughout the paper.
At least one source is from
credible, scholarly, peerreviewed
materials.
Detailed, meaningful
quotations and paraphrases
aptly and accurately support
the topic.
Fewer than three appropriate
sources are used.
At least one source is from
credible, scholarly, peerreviewed
materials.
Quotations and paraphrases
are lacking or do not support
several subtopics.
Sources are missing.
Paper lacks quotations and
paraphrases.
Mechanics and APA
10%
The assignment consistently
follows current APA format and
is free from errors in
formatting, citation, and
references.
No grammatical, spelling, or
punctuation errors. All sources
are cited and referenced
correctly.
The assignment does not
follow current APA format
and/or has many grammatical,
spelling, or punctuation errors.
Many sources are cited and
referenced incorrectly, or
citations and references are
missing where needed.
No attempt to follow APA
format is indicated. Sources are
not used and/or there is no
reference page.
Mechanical errors significantly
interfere with the readability of
the paper.

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