The paper must fall within the purview of this course, that is, it must be related to some aspect of the intersection of law, morality, and war. It may cover the theoretical and/or practical connections between the existence of law and the conduct of war, including digital or cyber war, or look into the status of morality regarding the violence of war in international relations and politics. This is particularly poignant in the post-Hiroshima era.
Here are some ideas you may want to consider:
You may look at the legal or moral problems posed by either contemporary warfare in the nuclear age or traditional warfare. Is there a role for (U.S.) Constitutional law in war or in the resolution of disputes? Does international law play a role? When is military intervention justified in the amelioration of, or end of, conflicts? Is there a tension between those who would punish war crimes, especially since Nuremberg, and those who hope to reconcile adversaries?
Religion and ideology play a major role in the ways people see war. Eli Weisel wrote that God died in the eyes of a young boy at Auschwitz. In other words, how can we explain the existence of evil if there is divine presence in the world? What do our contemporaries think about this matter? Countries always justify their wars against enemies, but does morality have to play a role? How do our readings in this course illuminate the connections between law, morality, and war.
Thesis Statement – due May 30, 2022
Choose a topic based on the above information and write a thesis statement summarizing the main argument you will be making in your final paper. This may change as you move forward, but it will be your general road map.
Annotated Bibliography – due June 6, 2022
Provide a list and brief description of at least six sources that you have identified for the paper. Two of these must be a primary source document and two must be an academic journal article. These should be specific sources, not just places where you can find sources. The goal here is to see that you have dug in a bit and actually found something that pertains to the issue you will be researching. Annotated bibliographies must be in APA style.
Full Sentence Outline – due June 13, 2022
Please prepare a full sentence outline of your paper. Your thesis statement must be at the top of your outline. A full sentence outline is similar to a topic outline but requires a full sentence at each level of the outline. Quotes listed in your outline must utilize in-text citations. A reference list should be included on a separate page.
If you are unfamiliar with full sentence outlines please check out: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/the_writing_process/developing_an_outline/types_of_outlines.html