Students will research and write an original paper of 8,000 to 10,000 words not including a cover page, abstract, notes, and bibliography over the course of the semester. All research paper topics must be approved by the professor. In order to work through the research and writing process, students will develop a topic, question, problem, and hypothesis, construct a prospectus and bibliography of primary and secondary sources, submit their notes weekly on primary and secondary sources, write a historiography on their topic, give an oral presentation to the history faculty and seminar students on their findings, produce a draft of their paper, and lastly submit the final draft of their paper. I submitted the following as my topic : I am working on the Great London Smog of 1952. I want to find out how the government reacted to the crisis, so that I can help others understand how disasters can influence direct policy change (both environmental and energy). My hypothesis is that government (London specific and United Kingdom government) responded to devastating events such as this to not only try to prevent them in the future, but to appease angry citizens (discuss any organizations that were developed in civil society in response to the Smog who advocated for governmental policy change)who felt it should have been done to begin with.
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