HIST 122: summer online course
For this project you will write an analysis of
the impact of some technology on society. You must
consider its different impact on different parts of
society--whom did it hurt and whom did it help? No two
students can write on the same topic; please check the topics
already posted before deciding on yours. Recent technologies
are encouraged, but you need to pick a technology that is
established enough so that you can discuss its actual impact,
not just speculate.
Research can be primarily on the web, but note
that some of the books and almost all of the journals in the
Clemson library are available electronically. For books go
and change "view entire catalog" to "electronic
resources." For electronic journals go to: http://hw4sm7zh5k.search.serialssolutions.com/
In your paper, you must provide footnotes or
references to your sources (not just for quotes but also for
specific information and arguments) in the text of the paper and
provide at the end an overall list of the sources you used to
write your paper (not just the ones you cited but all sources that
you read that you found useful). You may use any standard format
(that is, one that is published or available from a reputable page
on the web). You can find standard formats at: Writers
Handbook . In most cases I would expect six or more
different sources on your list of sources.
- Step 1 (20 points): post a topic statement and
an annotated list of at least 8 sources on the Blackboard
- Step 2 (20 points): write and post an argument
about the impact of your technology on society that will surprise
your fellow students. Back up your argument with web
- Step 3 (20 points): write replies challenging
at least two of your fellow students' argument postings,
including links to web sites giving a different point of view
than that of the argument initially posted. One of your
posts must be the first reply to another student, while the
other must reply to a student who already has at least one
- Step 4 (10 points): write a critique of
a web site cited by another student. You must pick one
that has not yet been critiqued.
- Step 5 (100 points): write a paper of 1000 to
1500 words considers both negative and positive impacts of one
technology on society and submit it using the Blackboard
- Step 6 (20 points): write and post a proposal
what we could do to reduce the negative impact or increase the
positive impact of the technology you studied on society.
- Step 7 (20 points): write and post two
responses to two other students' recommendations. One of your posts must be the first reply to
another student, while the other must reply to a student who
already has at least one reply.
The higher grades will go to papers that exhibit logical thinking,
an analytical framework, accurate scientific information, specific
evidence, the ability to inform and communicate, sound
organization, and a concise and coherent argument. In this paper
the premium will go to those that make a persuasive
argument. Late papers will be penalized ten points for each
calendar day late. Very late papers will be penalized no
lower than a 65 if the paper merits at least a 75.
Information on doing web
I am going to let you use the web to do research for your argument
papers. Please don't get the wrong idea--historians still believe
in the importance of books. But I want you to struggle with
opinion in this paper, and the web is a wonderful source of
opinion. You are more than welcome to use books and articles as
sources for your paper if you want to, but in this special
assignment I am willing to accept papers written only from
research on the World Wide Web (I would not do that for a longer
term-paper requiring more in-depth research, except for certain
topics where primary source material is available on the Web).
Now, you must be careful about doing research on the World Wide
Web. Before a book is published, the publisher normally sends the
manuscript out to experts in the field for evaluation. That
doesn't mean that books are always right, but that plus fear of
lawsuit means that the information published in books is screened
for accuracy. On the other hand, anyone can put anything on the
World Wide Web--there is no screening at all. So you must evaluate
the information for yourself. This is one of the skills that
I want you to learn.
You may want to ask yourself:
For more information on evaluating web pages
- Is the person or organization who created this
page an authoritative source of information on this topic?
- Are they representing a particular political
position (eg., are they liberal or conservative) or do they
have a particular interest in the topic (you wouldn't expect a
company that pollutes to argue that there should be tighter
regulations on pollution)?
- What is the purpose of the page (eg.
entertainment, advertising, political advocacy)?
- Does this page give only brief facts (like an
encyclopedia article) or more in-depth information?
- When was the page last updated? Does it cover
only a limited time period?
Checklist for a good paper:
- Does your introduction focus on the assigned
topic and give an overview of how you will address that topic?
- Is your paper organized around the assigned
- Is your specific evidence selected to fit your
particular argument rather than telling random facts?
- Have you found specific examples or statistics
to prove your points rather than simply asserting them?
Have you pinned the events you discuss down to specific dates
and places and shown how things changed over time?
- Have you considered both positive and negative
impacts in detail?
- Are the sources of specific points
acknowledged with references or endnotes, even if paraphrased
rather than quoted?
- Do you have a bibliography or list of sources
set up in a correct form that lists all sources that were
useful, not just the ones you quoted? Have you proofread,
looking particularly for those mistakes that a spell-checker
doesn't catch? Remember also that the best grammar
checkers are right only 80% of the time.