Draft Take-Home Exam
Natural History and Development of the Columbia River
Due: Last Day of Class
Length: 3-5 pp, double-spaced.
- Identify an important issue in your (newly acquired) field of expertise.
- Explain why the issue is important.
- Identify an appropriate audience: newspaper, local, county, state,
federal government, international commission, or judicial venue. Explain
why the chosen audience is most appropriate to the chosen issue.
- Summarize current policy and outline the problems.
- Make your recommendations for improving the current policy. Justify
your recommendations with a well-argued case. Indicate what will happen
if your recommendations are indeed followed and if they are ignored.
- The format may be a speech, testimony before a legislative committee,
op-ed piece for a paper, policy briefing document for an elected representative
or an amicus brief for a pending court case.
- Extra credit: 0.1 grade point for each appropriately chosen recipient
to whom you send your recommendations (up to 0.5 for exam). A list of full
addresses or fax numbers and your word will constitute sufficient proof.
- Extra Extra Credit: Automatic, retroactive, 4.0 for exam if your document
- As always, your work will be evaluated on your understanding of the
relevant issues, the quality of your evidence, the appropriateness of tone
and word choice, and the persuasiveness and cogency of your argument.
- You will not be judged on the basis of the political views you express
or the stance you take.