In the Final Research Paper, you will use your critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate a current events topic that has constitutional and political implications. Select from the list below or utilize a topic approved by the instructor. The thesis of the paper will be a statement identifying how the concepts of federalism, civil liberties, and civil rights are implicated in and affected by this topic.

Equal protection under law

The paper must be eight to ten pages in length and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least six scholarly resources (at least five of which can be found in the Ashford University Library) other than the textbook to support your claims. Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page. For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.

Writing the Final Research Paper

The Final Research Paper:

  1. Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page with the following:
    1. Title of paper
    2. Student’s name
    3. Course name and number
    4. Instructor’s name
    5. Date submitted
  3. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  6. Must use at least six scholarly resources, including a minimum of five from the Ashford University Library.
  7. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  8. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Would like me to use court cases

Final Research Paper

30 points possible

Content Criteria


The student’s analyses a selected constitutional issue and includes the following content:

§ Clear description of the constitutional issue.


§ Description of the implications for federalism surrounding by this issue.


§ Description of the implications for civil rights surrounding by this issue.


§ Description of the implications for civil liberties surrounding by this issue.


§ Discussion of the potential future political implications surrounding this issue.


Writing Skills

The student includes an introduction with a clear overview of main points and concise thesis statement.


The student logically develops the thesis to lead to the conclusion.


The student supports development with facts, full explanations, and persuasive reasoning.


The student uses his or her own words (quotations are less than 5% of body).


The student uses logical paragraph and sentence transitions.


The student uses complete and clear sentences.


The student uses correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.


The student includes a concise conclusion that briefly reviews the main points and overall thesis.


Research Criteria

Student’s paper is eight to ten pages in length, not counting title page and reference page.


The student cites at least six relevant scholarly articles found in the Ashford Online Library

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