TERM PAPER GUIDELINES SINV 2201 2019 – Introduction to Social Innovation
Purpose / Background
SINV 2201 is a “survey course” that covers a broad range of topics and issues, but only an introductory level. This assignment aims to deepen your understanding of one of the topic areas the course covers, by way of a term paper. A list of suggested books and some potential resources is included, but you will be expected to go beyond these resources in researching the paper. This assignment is also an opportunity for you to advance and refine your research and writing skills on a topic that interests you.
The purpose of the term paper is for students to:
● Analyze a specific topic and its relationship to the social economy and social innovation
● Develop skills related to applying class concepts learned, including critical reflection
● Practice secondary research skills, locating and correctly referencing at least five (5) academic peer reviewed scholarly sources related to the selected topic. These sources should be from reputable journals/scholarly articles and no older than 2010. ▪ Note that Wikipedia, BLOGs, you tube videos, opinion pieces, etc.. are not considered scholarly. Your librarian can help you to identify appropriate resources.
● Practice written communication skills
● Learn how to plan, develop and map out a research paper.
1. You must use APA formatting for this paper. a. Your paper should be typed, using 1 inch margins, double-spaced, Times Roman, 12 point font, with numbered pages. b. You must also consistently use and reference your secondary research correctly.
2. Please include a title page with the name and section of your course, instructor’s name, your name, and the date of submission.
3. Your topic must relate to the course, and needs to be approved by your instructor. a. Please keep in mind this is not an organizational case study, this is a research paper on a topic that is related to social innovation.
4. Papers must be no less than 7 pages in length [minimum 2000 words] and no more than 10 pages in length [maximum 3500 words]. a. 7-10 page range does not include references, appendices, table of contents or the cover page. b. Word count to appear on cover page.
5. A minimum of 5 different academic peer reviewed scholarly resources should be included in your paper.
6. A hard copy of your paper is due at the beginning of class on the date specified in your course outline. a. Email copies will not be accepted and will be considered late unless a doctor’s note is provided on the date due.
7. The final submission must be uploaded to SAFE ASSIGN before 600am on the date the paper is due. a. Papers uploaded after 600am, will be considered late and late penalties will apply. Please note that Safe Assign is used to check for plagiarism.
8. Please ensure you staple or paper clip your work together (no fancy binders required).
9. Please note that a template has been posted on Blackboard for you to use as you prepare your paper. Follow it closely.
1) Introduction: Focal issue/topic (~1 page)
a) Based on the course, pick a topic that has meaning for you that you would like to explore. b) Indicate why it is important to you, and how it relates to the social economy and social innovation.
2) Examination of Topic Using Secondary Research Evidence and relevant course content (~5-6 pages) a) Identify course concepts that you are using as a framework to understand your topic b) Supplement your analysis with other useful concepts and relevant examples from your secondary research. c) You must use a minimum of 5 different academic peer reviewed scholarly sources. Note: Wikipedia, BLOGs, magazine articles, opinion pieces, etc. are not considered scholarly **if you are not sure check with your librarian** 2
3) Conclusion and Critical Reflection (~1 page) Take some time to think critically about the topic, and the research referenced in your paper. Ask yourself how this material has changed, enhanced or challenged your perspective on the social economy, on social innovation, or any of the sub-topics covered in the course. Any thoughts going forward? Where do you see this subject going in the future?
4) Reference List: Minimum 5 different references, from reputable peer reviewed & scholarly sources (i.e. available through such portals as the MRU Library or Google Scholar – this includes published books or monographs, academic journal articles, published media articles, etc.). This excludes newspapers, magazines, blogs, wikis, you tube videos, etc. Please ensure you use APA for referencing the ideas in the paper (in-text citations) using APA format.
● APA referencing style - http://www.mtroyal.ca/library/files/citation/apa.pdf ● Purdue Owl Online Writing Lab: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
● MRU Writing and Learning Services: http://www.mtroyal.ca/AcademicSupport/ResourcesServices/StudentLearningServices/WritingLearnin gServices/index.htm
SAMPLE TOPICS AND BOOKS
Feel free to use any of the following resources, a selection of “classics” and contemporary books, grouped under certain course topic headings. That said, do not limit your paper to the works cited here.
Citizenship, Community Cohesion and Social Capital