Position Paper: Should the United States “police” the world?
Students will take a position on the question “Should the United States “police” the world? This paper must include an introduction to the idea of the U.S. being a world policeman and end with an underlined thesis that clearly asserts the position and should include the following examples to justify their thesis:
- Examples of at least three policing actions from 1865 – 1980. Provide a brief overview of the action. Evaluate whether the action was necessary and examine the consequences of the actions. (each action should be its own paragraph)
- Examples of at least three policing actions from 1981 – present. Provide a brief overview of the action. Evaluate whether the action was necessary and examine the consequences of the actions. (each action should be its own paragraph)
- 3-5 pages (not counting title page and references)
- A minimum of four academic sources (at least 2 must be primary sources)
Organize your paper as follows:
- Provide a brief overview explanation of the U.S. as a police power in the world. End your introduction with your thesis statement. Avoid using first person (I, me, we etc.). Your thesis can be as follows: The United States should/should not be a policing power in the world because _______________________(and then list your reasons).
- Here you will have a MINIMUM of 6 body paragraphs – at least one for each required example of a policing action (3 from 1860-1980 and 3 from 1981 –present).
- This paragraph will sum up your main points (without introducing any new information) and restate your thesis in a slightly different way.
- Put your references on the last page of the paper (by themselves with a heading “References”
- Use APA format
- Make sure to cite your references within your paper any time you use information from the source (whether it is a direct quote, which will be indicated by quotation marks, or whether you have summarized the information in your own words.
- All references must be cited somewhere in your paper (not necessarily quoted, but at least cited when you have summarized info from the source)