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Assignment Instructions from Dr. Ulrich (please see the full details in the attached Research Paper Assignment below):
The topic for your research paper in this course must involve the history of Saudi Arabia between the early 1700's and the death of King Fahd on August 1, 2005. This can include transnational and comparative topics.
Undergraduate students have the option of doing the graduate student assignment. However, the undergraduate expectations are to write a research paper of at least 16 pages on a defined topic developed in consultation with the professor. You must use a minimum of 10 scholarly sources, ideally including both materials found from Lehman Library in either physical or electronic format and materials obtained from other libraries. You paper must be coherent, with a clear internal structure designed to fulfill a purpose laid out in the introduction. This purpose may be analytic, narrative, or descriptive.
Graduate students have three options:
A 16-page research paper based on primary sources, with the topic and type/amount of sources determined in consultation with the professor. As you will see, there are plenty of accessible English-language sources.
A 16-page research paper that is a comparative topic, where you identify and account for similarities and differences. This will require a minimum of 15 scholarly secondary sources balanced as much as possible between the two areas being compared and including existing global or transnational studies, if available.
A digital history project. I have no idea what this might look like, but I thought I would throw it out there.