The purpose of the essays is to provide students an opportunity to discuss a key concept or topic in Texas politics and to show a basic understanding of academic research and reporting skills. Students should offer evidence for their arguments. Thus, submissions that are more comprehensive and detailed will earn a higher point total. Each assignment should be a minimum of 750 words.
Submissions should include a works cited page. (note: there must be a parenthetical citation at the end of each sentence that contains information from a source). Also, The textbook should be one of the sources and include-d on the works cite-d page (sources other than the textbook may be use-d as well).
You should use New Courier or Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spacing, and one inch margins on all four sides of the paper. The assignment is to be formatte-d according to the Modern Language Association (MLA) style which includes a works cited page but does NOT include a title page. Lastly, Students should research this style in order to properly format the assignment (see the Purdue Online Writing Lab).
Essays that contain plagiarized material will receive a significant reduction in points or a zero. Students may receive a failing grade in the course for submitting plagiarized material. Also, do not cut and paste information from an online source or copy information directly from the chapter without using quotations and citing the information.
Discuss how the population has changed in Texas and how it is projected to change in the future. (Hint: Look at the charts and graphs in Chapter 1.) In what ways might Texas’ politics change in the future based on its racial and ethnic makeup? Based on the population growth, urbanization and economic transformation of the last two decades, how might Texas change in the next two decades? Lastly, which areas will grow in population, and what might Texas’ government have to do to respond to that growth? (Be specific)