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Your capstone paper should focus on a topic selected in consultation with the course instructor, which was done in Week Three. In this project, you will examine a specific political or social issue. Topics may include general issues such as poverty, crime, homelessness, economic development, homeland security, corporate social responsibility, ecological/environmental projects, etc. or a specific issue in your city, community, local, state, or federal governmental, etc. You will:
Develop a public policy to address the issue. Or you may propose a change or update to an existing public policy.
In all cases, the focus should be on in the development of a public policy, to include utilizing all aspects of the public policy lifecycle.
Consider use of field assessments, literature searches, personal knowledge/experience, and community records to source content.
The Final Paper:

  1. Must be ten to fifteen double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page with the following:
  3. Title of paper
  4. Student’s name
  5. Course name and number
  6. Instructor’s name
  7. Date submitted
  8. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  9. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  10. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  11. Must use at least three scholarly sources, including a minimum of one from the Ashford Online Library.
  12. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  13. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center


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