INSTRUCTIONS FOR FINAL TERM PAPER
Final term paper is worth 30 % of your grade.
What should the final paper be about? For the term paper the student should write about a development (planning) project that has been initiated in any city in the global South in order to “improve” the city. The student is expected to write a critical /analytical essay on this development project. In other words, the final term paper should not simply be an empirical account of the student’s chosen development project. Rather the paper (in addition to providing empirical details about the development project such as when it was initiated, who initiated the project, the major stakeholders of the project, the target population of the development project, the objectives and outcomes of the project) should attempt to analyze the development initiatives using theoretical insights and concepts learned in the class.
In order to write a good paper, begin by reading broadly about your chosen urban development project, then, define an appropriate research question (this is critical), conduct effective focused research that will answer your research question and communicate results in good writing.
Length and structure of the final term paper proposal (worth 5%): Submit a 2-page proposal that lists your chosen development project, a list of potential academic papers and reports that will used in the paper, identify concepts and/or theoretical insights from class that will be used to critically evaluate the project. Please also provide a brief elaboration of argument/ thesis of paper. Also do make use of my office hours to discuss the paper or any concerns you might have.
Length, format and structure of the final term paper: Each student is expected to write a medium length term paper (minimum of 10 pages and maximum of 11 double-spaced pages excluding references). In terms of formatting use 12-point Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, and insert page numbers at the bottom of page. Cite references in APA style
As to the structure, the research paper should be organized under the following headings: 1) Title Page 2) Main Body (includes introduction and conclusion) 3) Endnotes (if any) 4) Bibliography/ References APA style 5) Tables and Figures (if any). Please note: The page limit applies to the main body of the term paper