write a paper on an ethnic minority group. The paper should be approximately 3-5 pages in length (double-spaced, 12 point font)
Although no concrete number of sources is required for this project, it would be difficult to adequately complete this assignment with fewer than 5 sources. Careful attention should be paid to both the quality and quantity of sources. Internet sources are acceptable (indeed, the Internet is fertile ground for much original documentation). Internet sources, however, should represent a supplement to library resources, not a substitute. Acceptable library sources include relevant books, professional journal articles, public policy magazines, and major newspapers (i.e., New York Times, Washington Post, etc.). General newsmagazines such as Time and Newsweek, because of their limited analysis of issues, are not adequate for this type of research. Your sources should consist of roughly half newspaper/internet sources and half library sources(books, journal articles, original documents). All sources used in your paper must be properly cited within the text of the paper and complete bibliography must be provided. Failure to document sources used in the paper will result in an “F” for the assignment. You are to cite anyone else’s ideas using standard American Political Science Association (APSA) style.
Specific GuidelinesMost countries in the world have minority groups in the population: French-speaking Canadians, the Irish in the U.K., the Tamils in Sri Lanka, the Kurds in Turkey, and so on. Those groups may be ethnically, linguistically, religiously, or historically different from the majority group of the country. Some minority groups are discriminated and oppressed by the government, and other groups enjoy the same rights as the majority group and live in harmony. For this project you will choose one minority group in a country and report on it. Don’t choose the United States or Canada. Also, if you are an international student, don’t choose your home country.There are minority groups that live in several countries. For example, the Kurds live in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and some other countries. In such a case, choose just one country and report on it. So, your topic will be: “the Kurds in Iran,” “the Kurds in Iraq,” or “the Kurds in Turkey.” You don’t have to do your original analysis or interpretation. What this assignment asks you is to gather factual information and summarize it–therefore this is a “report,” not an “analysis.” The evaluation will be based on how good the information you find is, how well you organize the information in a short and concise manner, and whether you can cite the information sources correctly.Organize your report in two parts: First, describe the basic facts about the minority group. (For example: In what country/countries do they live? Do they live in a particular part of that country, or are they dispersed all over the country? How big is the population? How are they different from the majority group of that country? What language do they speak? etc…) Second, focus on the political aspect. (For example: Do they have the same political rights as the majority group? Is the government oppressive to them? Do they have their own political party? Do they have autonomy? etc…)
Some useful websites:* Minorities at Risk. <http://www.cidcm.umd.edu/inscr/mar/> — click the [Data] menu, and in the [MINORITY GROUP ASSESSMENTS] section you can choose a region of the world and then you will get a list of minority groups in that region. You will find good information there, and it would be a good starting point. * Minority Rights Group International. <http://www.minorityrights.org/> * Freedom House. <http://www.freedomhouse.org/> * Amnesty International. <http://www.amnesty.org/> * Human Rights Watch. <http://www.hrw.org/>
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