This fall, each student will be responsible for developing a research paper on a topic related to ethical issues in public administration. Your research paper should be approximately 15-20 pages long and should include a variety of resources. Newspaper articles and other media sources can be used to develop your topic. Your theoretical analysis should be built upon books and peer-reviewed journal articles in the field of ethics in public administration.
Donâ€™t pick a topic thatâ€™s so broad that you cannot cover it in 15-20 pages, and donâ€™t pick a topic thatâ€™s so narrow that you will not have enough information. include the following sections:
(1) An introduction that includes your research topic/question and a road map to the paper;
(2) a thorough review of the literature which includes a description of your ethical problem, theories related to this problem, frameworks for analyzing the problem, etc.; and
(3) a conclusion that summarizes your main findings, discusses the limitations of your research, and posits future research questions. If you are concerned about the idea of developing a theoretical framework, you may use one of the frameworks provided in the textbooks.
You should start by describing your basic ethical problem and then dig deeper into it. An â€œA-levelâ€ paper should include a solid theoretical framework for the analysis. Your literature review should be analytical, not summative. I do not want you to engage in a sequential discussion of each separate article or book. Reviews that follow the format â€œAuthor A said blah, blah, blah,â€ â€œAuthor B said this and that,â€ â€œAuthor C said so and so,â€ are unacceptable presentations of the literature. Your sources can be diverse, but I want to see a nice mix of materials.
You must use some academic, peer-reviewed journals for this paper.