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Thursday, 02-Oct-2014 10:31:16 GMT

Case Study

A Middle American Personality

 8-Deer, Mixtec leader.
8-Deer, Mixtec Leader

Problem Statement Information

Case Study Paper Information

using Wikipedia

manuscript format
(what your paper should look like)

Turn in via your Moodle Home Page

For suggestions of individuals, see list below

f2014 Informal Project Statement, or Project Proposal for your Case Study (up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 5, Friday, 3 October 2014

The informal statement can be very straightforward. It's a simple statement of . . .

"Here's what I'm interested in doing. . . .

Here's why I'm interested in that. . . . 

Here's what I think will be useful for that project. . . .

What do you think?"

Or, it can be something like . . .

"I'm thinking about doing a project on X or Y, but can't make up my mind.

Here's what I'm interested in, and why. . . .

Here are some things that look like they might be useful for the project. . . .

What do you think?"

A more formal statement (a "Promissory Abstract") of what you eventually decide upon isn't due for another two weeks.

 
The MA Case Study is due no later than the end of Week 13, Friday, 28 November 2014

AVISO: Late Case Study papers will not be accepted unless (1) arrangements for an alternate date have been arranged in advance, or (2) medical emergencies or similar extraordinary unexpected circumstances make it unfeasible to turn in the assignment by the announced due date.

for your research papers try the
for your research papers try the
UMD Library > Research Tools and Resources >
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<http://www.d.umn.edu/lib/assign/>


UMD Library Assignment Calculator

Paper is due to
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 Assignment Calculator.

Malinche by Laura Esquivel.


Wikipedia

search on JSTOR



Your task is to describe and analyze one or more individuals related to Ancient Middle American Studies. Note that the "Unit of Analysis" is the individual. For more information see the Units of Analysis materials of Week 1 (slides: .pptx).

For suggestions of individuals, see list below. You may instead choose your own person(s). If you choose two or more persons, you should compare and contrast them. See details below.

This particular proposal can be fairly simple, including . . .

  1. a basic statement of the person or persons you are interested in writing about

    • include a statement about why you are interested in the topic(s)


  2. three or four sources (or more) that you think might be helpful in researching the person(s)

It may be more elaborate if you wish.

More details are below . . .

Problem Statement / Proposal, "UMD Sociology-Anthropology Writing Guide"

f2014 Informal Project Statement, or Project Proposal for your Case Study (up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 5, Friday, 3 October 2014

The informal statement can be very straightforward. It's a simple statement of . . .

"Here's what I'm interested in doing. . . .

Here's why I'm interested in that. . . . 

Here's what I think will be useful for that project. . . .

What do you think?"

Or, it can be something like . . .

"I'm thinking about doing a project on X or Y, but can't make up my mind.

Here's what I'm interested in, and why. . . .

Here are some things that look like they might be useful for the project. . . .

What do you think?"

A more formal statement (a "Promissory Abstract") of what you eventually decide upon isn't due for another two weeks.

Project Statement/Proposal
(up to 20 points)

f2014 Informal Project Statement, or Project Proposal for your Case Study (up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 5, Friday, 3 October 2014

The informal statement can be very straightforward. It's a simple statement of . . .

"Here's what I'm interested in doing. . . .

Here's why I'm interested in that. . . . 

Here's what I think will be useful for that project. . . .

What do you think?"

Or, it can be something like . . .

"I'm thinking about doing a project on X or Y, but can't make up my mind.

Here's what I'm interested in, and why. . . .

Here are some things that look like they might be useful for the project. . . .

What do you think?"

A more formal statement (a "Promissory Abstract") of what you eventually decide upon isn't due for another two weeks.

NOTE: Try to work an analytical section into your paper.

  • Audience: Classmates

  • Purpose: To get started thinking about . . .

    • the person(s) you might want to look at for your Ancient Middle American Case Study
    • how you might want to go about doing that
    • what sources you might use

  • Style:

    • for both the Proposal Statement, informal
    • for the Term Paper, academic

  • Format: This proposal statement can be in informal format, but if you use a formal format, use any standard format and citation convention (APA, MLA, Turabian-Chicago . . . ). Don't make up one of your own. and citation convention (APA, MLA, Turabian-Chicago . . . )
  • doublespaced
  • with one-inch margins all around
  • with body type font 11 or 12
  • illustrations, tables, figures, diagrams . . . may be included, but must be properly placed and cited
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see Choosing a Topic OWL logo, Online Writing Lab at Purdue.

see

"Abstracts"

"Promissory Abstracts"


Writing the Promissory Abstract

Maxine C. Hairston. Successful Writing, 2nd ed. (1986).
New York: W.W. Norton, pp. 223 - 227.

Your Project Promissory Abstract and Working Bibliography are due by Friday, 4 November 2011, 11:55 p.m.

"Abstract" -- UMD Sociology-Anthropology Writing Guide

 

Project Statement/Proposal
(up to 20 points for about 1.0% of grade)

f2014 Informal Project Statement, or Project Proposal for your Case Study (up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 5, Friday, 3 October 2014

The informal statement can be very straightforward. It's a simple statement of . . .

"Here's what I'm interested in doing. . . .

Here's why I'm interested in that. . . . 

Here's what I think will be useful for that project. . . .

What do you think?"

Or, it can be something like . . .

"I'm thinking about doing a project on X or Y, but can't make up my mind.

Here's what I'm interested in, and why. . . .

Here are some things that look like they might be useful for the project. . . .

What do you think?"

A more formal statement (a "Promissory Abstract") of what you eventually decide upon isn't due for another two weeks.

NOTE: Be sure to try to work an analytical section into your paper.

  • Audience: Classmates

  • Purpose: To provide a concise yet comprehensive summary of what you expect your paper to be about and look like . . .

  • Style:

    • academic/formal
    • for the Term Paper, academic//formal

  • Format: This proposal statement can be in informal format, but if you use a formal format, use any standard format and citation convention (APA, MLA, Turabian-Chicago . . . ). Don't make up one of your own. and citation convention (APA, MLA, Turabian-Chicago . . . )
  • doublespaced
  • with one-inch margins all around
  • with body type font 11 or 12
  • illustrations, tables, figures, diagrams . . . may be included, but must be properly placed and cited


Ancient Cultures of Middle America

Case Study Paper on a "Middle American Personality"
[100 points = 8.3 % of the final grade

to Problem Statement Information

  • Length: 6 - 7 well-written pages

    • including one title page (see sample title page below) and

    • and at least one separate "Works Cited" (or "References") page (see sample below)

    • that leaves that leaves 5-6 pages of text

    • Style: For the Paper, academic

    • Format: Any standard format and citation convention (APA, MLA, Turabian-Chicago . . . )
      • doublespaced
      • with one-inch margins all around
      • with body type font 11 or 12
      • illustrations, tables, figures, diagrams . . . may be included, but must be properly placed and cited

  • sample paper outline

  • The MA Case Study is due no later than the end of Week 13, Friday, 28 November 2014

    AVISO: Late Case Study papers will not be accepted unless (1) arrangements for an alternate date have been arranged in advance, or (2) medical emergencies or similar extraordinary unexpected circumstances make it unfeasible to turn in the assignment by the announced due date.


    • AVISO: Late Case Study papers will not be accepted unless (1) arrangements for an alternate date have been arranged in advance, or (2) medical emergencies or similar extraordinary unexpected circumstances make it unfeasible to turn in the assignment by the announced due date.

  • Information about Handing in Your Paper

    • Turn in via your Moodle Home Page

      • name your paper something like YourUMDid_MA_case_study

  • Papers must follow a college writing handbook such as Andrea Lunsford’s The St. Martin's Handbook, 6th Ed., (NY: St. Martin’s, 2008), or the OWL logo of the Purdue Online Writing Lab.on-line site (the Purdue Online Writing Lab), or the Paradigm Online Writing Assistant.

    The Sociology-Anthropology Department also has a useful writing guide on the web at <http://www.d.umn.edu/socanth/guide/guideInd.html#title>
    .

  • Other web resources such can be found on the UMD "Writing Labs, On-Line Assisstance, and Reference Works" page.

  • For your footnotes, "bibliography" ("Works Cited" or "References"), and other matters like that, use either the APA (American Psychological Association) citation style, the MLA (Modern Language Association) style, the CMS (Chicago) style, or the CBE (Council of Biology Editors) style. Don't make up your own.


using Wikipedia

  • Below is a list of suggested individuals. You may select a person (or persons) not on this list. Or you may compare someone on the list with someone not on the list.

  • Your task is to describe and analyze one or more individuals related to Ancient Middle American Studies. Note that the "Unit of Analysis" is the individual. For more information see the Units of Analysis materials of Week 1 (slides: .pptx).

    • You may instead choose your own person(s). If you choose two or more persons, you should compare and contrast them.

or . . .

  • If you select two of the following individuals, compare /contrast them

    • that is describe how they are alike, and how they are different

    • NOTE: You only need to select two individuals

    • you do not have to compare all of them

keywords and topics:

  • Where do I begin a project?

    Your textbooks and class materials are the best place are most often the best place to start.

    Using Wikipedia and Desk References

    It is fine for you to begin a project by consulting with Wikipedia (and similar on-line sources of encyclopaedic-type information) but you should be aware that the Wikipedia entries are open-source and are not checked and verified in the same manner as other reference materials. And sometimes the entries are confusing (have a look at "Macedonia," for example).

    And Wikipedia, should you use it, should only be a starting point.

    Wikipedia

    It is also OK to start out your research by consulting reference works such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and lexica, glosaries, other general reference works, and the like, but this stage should only be a preliminary preparation for more focused and in-depth research work.

    For a college research paper you should also have a look at other references, either traditional materials from the library, or on-line materials from sources like UMD E-Journal Locator, JSTOR, etc., or books and manuscripts On-Line. That is to say Wikipedia and the other reference-type sources listed should not be your only source of information. And you must add your own evaluations, comparisons, development, criticisms, critiques, and the like to any reference materials used. Simply cutting and pasting information from sources is not sufficient to satisfy the requirements of either a required or extra-credit research paper.

    Your paper should reflect a synthesis and evaluation of materials researched.


  • One way to start getting sources for your Case Study papers in Mesoamerica is by searching "the web"
  • Try surfing the web by searching with the Sociology-Anthropology WebSearch Page found on the upper-righthand corner of all of the course WebPages

  • Hint: When you do a search on an item that has more than one word, like "Aztec calendar," use the "Advanced Search" option

    • use the "phrase" option on the search engine -- otherwise it will search out everything with "Aztec" and everything with "calendar," and the list of "hits" could get quite large

  • For this Case Study -- and all of the Case Studies -- you may also use traditional library materials, and, where appropriate, interviews and videotapes

  • Use the MAforum to discuss your paper with others in the class

  • See the "Preparing the Final Draft" section of the Sociology - Anthropology -Criminology - Humanities / Classics Writing Guide to see the details of what your Case Study report should look like when you hand it in

    • Basically, your paper should look like the paper below

  • Style: For the Paper, academic

  • Format: Any standard format and citation convention (APA, MLA, Turabian-Chicago . . . )
    • doublespaced
    • with one-inch margins all around
    • with body type font 11 or 12
    • illustrations, tables, figures, diagrams . . . may be included, but must be properly placed and cited

This course is governed by the . . .

University of Minnesota Duluth Student Academic Integrity Policy
<http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/integrity/Academic_Integrity_Policy.htm>

UMD Office of Student and Community Standards
<http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/>

"Academic dishonesty tarnishes UMD's reputation and discredits the accomplishments of students. UMD is committed to providing students every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit. This pledge can only be redeemed in an environment of trust, honesty, and fairness. As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community. In keeping with this ideal, this course will adhere to UMD's Student Academic Integrity Policy, which can be found at [http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/integrity/Academic_Integrity_Policy.htm]. This policy sanctions students engaging in academic dishonesty with penalties up to and including expulsion from the university for repeat offenders." — UMD Educational Policy Committee, Jill Jensen, Chair (08/16/2007)

and the UMD Student Conduct Code
<http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/code/>

and the

Student Conduct Code Statement (students' rights)
<http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/conduct/conduct-statement.html>

The instructor will enforce and students are expected to follow the University's Student Conduct Code [http://www1.umn.edu/regents/policies/academic/Student_Conduct_Code.html]. Appropriate classroom conduct promotes an environment of academic achievement and integrity. Disruptive classroom behavior that substantially or repeatedly interrupts either the instructor's ability to teach, or student learning, is prohibited. Disruptive behavior includes inappropriate use of technology in the classroom. Examples include ringing cell phones, text-messaging, watching videos, playing computer games, doing email, or surfing the Internet on your computer instead of note-taking or other instructor-sanctioned activities." — UMD Educational Policy Committee, Jill Jensen, Chair (08/16/2007)

Instructor and Student Responsibilities Policy

AVISO!

A Note on Extra Credit Papers

Failure to comply with the above codes and standards when submitting an Extra Credit paper will result in a penalty commensurate with the lapse, up to and including an F final grade for the course, and, at a minimum, a reduction in total points no fewer than the points available for the Extra Credit project. The penalty will not simply be a zero for the project, and the incident will be reported to the UMD Academic Integrity Officer in the Office of Student and Community Standards.

 

A Note on "Cutting and Pasting" without the Use of Quotation Marks
(EVEN IF you have a citation to the source somewhere in your paper)

If you use others' words and/or works you MUST so indicate that with the use of quotation marks. Failure to use quotation marks to indicate that the materials are not of your authorship constitutes plagiarism—even if you have a citation to the source elsewhere in your paper/work.

Patterned failure to so indicate that the materials are not of your own authorship will result in an F grade for the course.

Other instances of improper attribution will result in a 0 (zero) for the assignment (or a reduction in points equal to the value of an Extra Credit paper), and a reduction of one grade in the final grade of the course.

All incidents will be reported to the UMD Academic Integrity Officer in the Office of Student and Community Standards as is required by University Policy.

 

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La Malinche:

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by George Bush, Jr.




Anthropology 3618

Case Study #1

Professor Roufs

January 28, 2014

Bush  1

[more information on an Introduction]

doublespace your entire paper

I.  Introduction

Put your paragraph(s) summarizing your paper here

Put a transitional statement here about your discussion / analysis that follows

II.  Body

[Give this section an interesting subtitle, something other than "Body"]

Describe and discuss your Mesoamerican Personality

Use some form of organizational structure

  • The "Journalist's Questions," Who,What, When, Where, How and Why are often helpful
  • Or use a simple outline like, "There are five reasons why X was a key figure in. . . . First. . . .

Use Paradigm On-line Writing Assistant if you do not have much experience writing college papers

III.  Conclusions

Put your conclusions here

Bush  X  

 

Works Cited

doublespace, with lines after the first indented

Your "References" or "Works Cited" information should go on a separate page

 


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