Bollywood's Lens on Indian Society

INTL 407/507, Spring 2012

Wednesdays, 5-7:50 pm

112 Lillis Hall


Additional Grading Guidelines for final Term papers


Samantha Gammons and I thought that a bit more guidance on our expectations for the final papers might be helpful. Here is what we initially wrote, followed by the additional guidelines.


Term paper: typed, double-spaced, with bibliography and citations, and handed in on time. Well written (including spelling and syntax), with introductory and concluding paragraphs, and makes an argument about an issue. The more specific the topic (e.g., women in India's urban labor force; changing nature of Indian films reflecting changing norms and values ), the better chance you have in addressing the issue succinctly. A very general topic (e.g., women in India) just cannot be addressed adequately in the limited page length assigned. Refer to South Asian magazines and newspapers both on-line and in the library, current journal articles and books, and don't forget to look at data available in World Bank and UNDP resources and elsewhere (in the Documents section of the library and on-line). Internet resources are terrific for this kind of paper, but need to be cited properly (ask a professional librarian for assistance if necessary), and not be used exclusively; they should be complemented by scholarly resources (e.g., books, journal articles).


Additional, detailed suggestions for term paper:

Statement of question – Please state your question at the top of the first page of your essay. Placing your question front-and-center will help you keep your focus and will help us understand from the very beginning what direction your essay is going. (an easy 2 points)

Research content – Your research should be used to thoughtfully address your question, should be well-integrated throughout your essay, and should be cited correctly. Please make sure that you are carefully analyzing the research that you’ve done, and trying to make connections between your sources. If you have trouble with your citations, please see one of the many style manuals. A good place to start looking is the Purdue Online Writing Lab (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/) which has links to updated MLA and APA formatting guides. We don't care which style you use, as long as it is an accepted style, and you use it consistently throughout the paper/ (15 points)

Social content – Please remember that your essay should be about a social issue in Indian society. Connecting your individual research to concepts that we have studied in class about Indian society will be very helpful for you, and may help you to draw more conclusions. (15 points)

Organization – Please have a clear structure to your essay. This should include an introduction, conclusion, and a thesis statement in your introductory paragraph/paragraphs. A well-organized paper will remain focused within paragraphs and as a whole, and will have good transitions between major concepts. (10 points)

Grammar and Syntax – Please be sure to carefully proofread your essay for grammar and syntax issues. Sometimes asking a peer to read your essay can be very helpful in finding mistakes in spelling and grammar, as well as awkward and confusing phrases. A well-written paper will have few errors. (8 points)


In addition, the tutors in the Teaching & Learning Center’s Writing Lab are an excellent resource. If you feel like you’re having difficulty with any of these sections, the Writing Lab is a great place to start.