Onservatism, Liberalism and Socialism in Canada: An Interpretation

Fall Writing Assignment for Politics 1011-001

You are to produce a cogent, well-written essay of approximately 8 pages (2,000 words) that will analyze Gad Horowitzas 1966 seminal piece a?Conservatism, Liberalism and Socialism in Canada: An Interpretationa? from The Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science, vol. 32. It has been posted on the class site of WebCT. No other readings or research is required for this assignment. It is worth 25% of your final grade. You must address the following points and you are required to use them as subject section headings in your paper.

1) What is Horowitzas main argument? (3 pages)
2) How is Canadian Conservatism different to its American counterpart, according to Horowitz? (1.5 pages)
3) Provide one positive and one negative assessment of his essay and his argument. (1.5 pages). Remember that this piece was written 45 years ago so do not criticize it for being dated. If it helps, think about the relevance of his position with regards to some governmental policies.

How to proceed:

1) Print off Horowitzas article and read it very carefully. Make lots of notations in the margins, underline key parts and the like.
2) Write out the three discussion points/questions and make notes relevant to each point under the respective section.
3) Start writing paper.
4) Your introduction must have two paragraphs and should be one page in length. The first paragraph should a?easea the reader into the essay and should, in an informal way, give the reader an indication of the subject matter and overall theme of the paper. The second paragraph is the a?roadmapa paragraph that will tell the reader how the essay is going to be structured as well as its argument which should be contained in its thesis statement. If it helps, you can start this paragraph with the words a?This paper willa¦..a?
5) Using the above mentioned questions/discussion points as headings, start to construct the body of the essay. Try as much as possible to stick to the suggested page lengths. .
6) Add a conclusion. It should be one or two paragraphs in length and should not summarize the essay, but rather use it as an oppourtunity to provide the reader with a final thought/point that is related to your essayas overall argument.
7) Read over your essay and refine, refine, refine your sentences and paragraphs. Try to get your sentences and thoughts to FLOW together.
8) Print off your paper and have someone who is a capable writer read it and provide some feedback.
9) Input their suggestions and read the paper aloud to yourself prior to handing it in.
10) The essay is due on November 15, 2011.

Additional criteria:

Your essay must have a cover page that has the title of your paper as well as your name, the date and your student number. The second page will start with your introductory paragraph. All papers must be double spaced, typed in 12-point, Times New Roman font, have regular margins and must include page numbers. It must be submitted in hard copy. When you are making a specific reference from the article, cite using the page number in brackets and make sure to include a full reference of the article somewhere in your paper. Remember that a paragraph is one complete thought, should have a topic and concluding sentence and should be between 5 and 8 sentences long. You may use direct quotes from the article, but do not depend on them to convey your points; they must not do the writing for you and should only be used to augment your words. It is vital that your own a?voicea comes through in the text. Please contact me if you have any concerns or questions regarding this assignment. Good luck.