HIS105 Strayer America’s International Policing Role In Recent Decades

The previous assignments focused on domestic matters in US history. This last assignment explores America’s international role in recent decades. By the mid-20th century, the United States had become the dominant force in international relations. Some have argued that the United States’ military functions as the world’s “police.” This assignment covers the manner in which this shift occurred and the consequences the United States faces as a result of its status as “policeman of the world.” One can identify early steps this direction well before World War II, but in this paper focus on the period from the 1940s to the present. Take one of the positions as suggested below, draw from the sources listed, and present a paper with specific examples and arguments to demonstrate the validity of your position.

Possible position—in each case you can take the pro or con position:

  1. The American “policing” role developed because of the Cold War, but it became primarily a means for protecting and assisting economic interests for itself and its allies as illustrated by recent events as well as earlier ones.
  2. The American “policing” role has been exercised primarily to protect vulnerable peoples and regions from powerful oppressors or from regional chaos, as illustrated by recent events as well as earlier ones.
  3. The American “policing” role has had noble intentions and ultimate success during the Cold War, but in fighting terror it has gotten off track with some severe consequences.
  4. A position you develop on this issue with the approval of your instructor.

After giving general consideration to your readings and your research, select one of the positions above as your position—your thesis. (Sometimes after doing more thorough research, you might choose the reverse position. This happens with critical thinking and inquiry. Your final paper might end up taking a different position than you originally envisioned.) Organize your paper as follows, handling these issues:

  1. The position you choose (from the list above)—or something close to it—will be the thesis statement in your opening paragraph.
  2. To support your position, use four specific examples from different decades between 1950 and the present. (At least one example must be from the last ten years).
  3. Explain why the opposing view is weak in comparison to yours.

Length:
The paper should be 2-to-3 pages for the body of the paper. (The title page and Sources page do not count in these calculations.) Double-space between lines. Format instructions are below.

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Research and References:
You must use a MINIMUM of four quality academic sources; the Schultz textbook must be one of them. Two of them must come from the online library—either those library sources listed or others. Your other source should be drawn from the list provided below. This is guided research, not open-ended Googling. You will have a list of Sources at the end, using the SWS form. You will have short, SWS-style in-text citations appropriately placed in the body of the paper. Except as your instructor might direct, don’t use other sources for your paper than those listed here. (Of course, for “starter research” you can read many sources.)

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Source List for Assignment 3: 
You must use a MINIMUM of four quality academic sources; the Schultz textbook must be one of them. Two of them must come from the online library—either those library sources listed or others.  Some sources are “primary” sources from the time period being studied. Some sources below can be accessed via direct link or through the primary sources links on Blackboard. Each week has a different list of primary sources. For others, they are accessible through the permalink to the source in our online: Sources below having libdatab.strayer.edu as part of the URL have a permalink to that source in our university’s online library.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • This course requires use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). The format is different than other Strayer University courses. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.
  • Be typed, double spaced between lines, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow SWS format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the Sources page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The paper must be submitted (uploaded and attached) in the course shell provided online.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Analyze the rise of the United States to a world “superpower” and how that status has shaped its internal developments in recent decades.
  • Examine how changes in social and economic conditions and technology can cause corresponding changes in the attitudes of the people and policies of the government
  • Summarize and discuss the ways that formal policies of government have influenced the direction of historical and social development in the United States.
  • Recognize the major turning points in American history since the Civil War.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in contemporary U.S. history.
  • Write clearly and concisely about contemporary U.S. history using proper writing mechanics.

Points: 120

Assignment 3: America as Policeman of the World

Criteria

Unacceptable

Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations

60-69% D

Fair

70-79% C

Proficient

80-89% B

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Clearly introduce your paper with your thesis. Weight: 10%

Poor or no introduction. No thesis statement used from those provided.

Insufficiently introduced your paper with your thesis statement.

Partially introduced your paper with your thesis statement.

Satisfactorily introduced your paper with your thesis statement; chosen from the list provided.

Thoroughly and clearly introduced your paper with your thesis statement chosen from the list provided.

2. Discuss four specific examples from different decades (between 1940 and the present) to support your thesis. (at least one from the last ten years). Be persuasive and coherent with sound reasoning; have examples based on solid research.

Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely discussed four examples from the correct time period. The examples covered are not supported by research and reason.

Insufficiently discussed four examples from the right time frame. The examples might not all have clear relevance to the thesis or strong support from research and reason.

Partially discussed four examples from the proper time frame. The examples might not be as relevant or as well researched as they should be.

Satisfactorily discussed four clear examples from the proper time frame. Examples are based on good research and are relevant to the thesis.

Thoroughly and coherently discussed four

clear examples from the proper time frame. (at least one example being from the last ten years). The discussion is persuasive and with sound reasoning and good support.

3. Explain clearly and persuasively why the opposing view to yours would be in error or would be a weaker view.

Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely explained why the opposing view to yours would be in error or would be a weaker view.

Insufficiently explained why the opposing view to yours would be in error or would be the weaker view. The reasoning or examples might be flawed.

Partially explained why the opposing view to yours would be in error or would be the weaker view. The reasoning or examples might be flawed.

Satisfactorily explained why the opposing view to yours would be in error or would be the weaker view.

Thoroughly and clearly explained why the opposing view to yours would be in error or would be the weaker view. Used persuasive reasoning or clear examples.

4. Discuss effectively the ways that the history you have covered shapes or impacts issues in your workplace or desired profession. Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely discussed how the history you have covered shapes or impacts issues in your workplace or desired profession.

Insufficiently discussed how the history you have covered shapes or impacts issues in your workplace or desired profession.

Partially discussed how the history you have covered shapes or impacts issues in your workplace or desired profession

Satisfactorily discussed how the history you have covered shapes or impacts issues in your workplace or desired profession.

Thoroughly and effectively discussed how the history you have covered shapes or impacts issues in your workplace or desired profession.

5. Used the MINIMUM of FOUR references, drawing from the list provided. (using at least two sources from our online Library). The class text is one of the sources used. References are listed at the end and matching in-text citations are used.

Weight: 10%

No references provided

Does not meet the required number of references; Insufficient on the reference list or in-text citations. .

Does not meet the required number of references; some references poor quality choices or not from the list provided.

Meets minimum number of required references; most references come from the list provided.

Meets at least the minimum number of required references; all references high quality choices. Sources are listed at the end and also cited in the body of the paper. Solid research is evident.

6. Writing and Presentation:

Used good grammar. Presentation shows clarity, reason, and critical thinking with proper writing mechanics. SWS format is used for reference entries, in-text citations, paper layout, and organization. Instructions followed.

Weight: 20%

More than 8 errors present

7-8 errors.

5-6 errors

3-4 errors

0-2 errors

 

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