Homeland Security Law and Policy

Weekly Papers
Nearly every week this semester, students will submit papers. Discussion papers (3 pages in length, typed, double-spaced) will explore a question or a topic that we are scheduled to examine together in class. The purpose of these papers is to provide each student an opportunity to use evidence from the required readings to examine his or her own thoughts regarding a central question in the course. Weekly discussion papers will count as 50 percent of the overall course grade. These papers are analytic papers and accordingly have no “wrong” answers. However, they can have “bad” answers. A “bad” answer is one that does not use the required readings as sources of evidence to support your argument. Reference to the assigned readings is mandatory, and reference to outside sources in addition to the required readings is welcome but not required as a way to support and clarify the student-writer’s opinions.

Discussion paper format
1. Papers should be 3 pages in length, typed, Times New Roman 12 pt. font with 1-inch margins on all sides, double-spaced, and stapled. No spaces between paragraphs or excessive white space at top/bottom of page.

2. Students are expected to employ proper MLA format in citing sources within their essays (cite your sources as you use them) and to provide a WORKS CITED page.

3. The header for Page 1 of all response papers should read as follows:

HS 320: (List Topic or Question Explored in This Essay) Student’s Name
Due date for this assignment Professor Phillips

4. Headers for pages 2 and 3 should present the following information at the top left and right corners of every page:

Student’s Name Page Number

Legal brief papers will analyze a particular legal case which applies to the class discussion. Legal briefs will contain a factual statement, procedural legal issue statement, substantive legal issue statement, legal analysis, and result. The information for the legal brief will be taken from the case itself only.

The Topic is
Read: Monk pp.127-163.

LEGAL BRIEF #1: Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954). Retrievable at: http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/347/483/case.html (Written brief due at the