POLITICAL SCIENCE 2100
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
G. Michael Stathis, Ph D.
AUTUMN SEMESTER 2018
TAKE-HOME ESSAY 2
Please address one of the following questions. Essays should be between two and three pages long you quote or make direct references to your sources or readings(and you should get into this habit), you must cite them by using footnotes, endnotes, or parenthetical references. When you do use one of these forms, use
them correctly and be consistent. In Political Science two general sources on style are accepted: The Chicago Manual of Style or Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual For Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. The latter is highly recommended. If you do not own a copy, you should obtain one. Make full use of an introductory paragraph to set up your discussion, state your thesis or main premise, and inform your reader of how you plan to support that thesis. Avoid use of personal anecdotes, and be careful in your use of personal pronouns. There are better ways to emphasize a point than I think, or I believe, or in my opinion. Of
course, it is your opinion, or what you think or believe, but why advertise that? Couch your thesis in fact and your sources. Treat your essay as serious academic
iting. It is also a good idea to get into the habit of attaching a list of references or a bibliography. Letter grades are given to each essay based on the following criteria assigned length, writing ability, organization(use of an introduction and conclusion) content(details, grasp of core ideas as presented in the syllabus, lectures or focus in the essay question), focus/use of an established thesis, critical thinking(ability to draw
a conclusion), and use of source materials(especially assigned readings) with proper reference style
Ultimately, the causes of war come down to the personal decisions of individuals statesmen of one kind or another, rather than impersonal forces such as economic trends or the course of history, or at least this is the essential conclusion of people like Thucydides and John G. Stoessinger. Discuss the causes of war from the perspectives these scholars making sure that you integrate assigned readings into your essays(note
Professor Stathis’ papers on both statesmanship and Thucydides, and your text by Stoessinger)
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