Liberty GOVT 490 Short Paper 1
You will be required to draft 2 short research papers. The papers must each be at least 2 pages (not including the required title page and bibliography), in current Turabian format, with default margins and in 12-pt Times New Roman font. Your papers must include citations to adequate sources supporting and/or illustrating your positions.
Do not let the short length requirement of the papers mislead you. Concise writing is often more demanding than expansive writing. The goal of the papers is not merely to offer unfounded opinion or subjective discussion of the topics, but rather to provide a concise, well-reasoned analysis of the topics presented.
This is an open research project, meaning that you are expected to locate, use, and cite support outside of the course readings. Superficiality is a danger with this topic as it would be easy to write 2 pages without reaching the substance of the discussion. Better papers will demonstrate that you sufficiently pondered the ideas at issue to understand them, recognize them, and develop a well-reasoned approach to them.
Be sure to closely read the grading rubric for the assignment and note that at least 5 scholarly sources (peer-reviewed academic journal articles or books published by university presses) are required.
Scriptural excerpts with citations are required in all written assignments.
Short Paper 1
For Short Paper 1, compare the Classical and Medieval Bodies Politic. Where were they healthy and where were they sick?
Be sure to mention Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas, and give an account of how the advent of the Church revolutionized the political forms and institutions of classical political theory.