Attached is the midterm and three articles on prisoners’ rights. The reading material for the other choice- censorship- can be found as links on the midterm itself.INSTRUCTIONS: Read the instructions on the exam for citations, the use of outside material (including previous essays for this class), and collaboration with classmates. The rules are clearly spelled out; breaking any of them will be assumed intentional.Make absolutely certain that you understand what you are being asked before you set out to write. Also take seriously the note on the exam that to do well requires no outside research. More information is not the same thing as a solid, well reasoned and detailed argument.Finally– As I said in class and reiterate on the exam prompt, it is the quality of your argument– your use of detail and reasoning– that will be graded, not the position you take.ng
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INTL 101 Take Home Midterm
Spring 2019- Nancy Gilson
This prompt has four parts. Read the prompt carefully and in its entirety, making certain that
you understand what you are being asked for each section. Your essay should be no more than
1250 words (roughly five pages), typed in 12 point font and double spaced. Please put the word
count at the top left hand corner of your first page, along with your name, PID, TA name, and
While I encourage you to discuss this prompt with your classmates, all work on the essay should
be entirely your own. You may not ask your classmate(s) to read or correct your essay. While a
good answer to the questions in this prompt requires no reading beyond what is provided for
the assignment, all texts you use must be properly cited and noted on a Works Cited page
(which should not be included in the word count). Quotations must have both quotation marks
and full citations to the text; paraphrasing must be cited to its original source. Any ideas that
come from an author other than yourself must be properly cited as well. If you are not sure of
how and what to cite, see https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html.
Your essay must be uploaded to Turnitin via the class Triton Ed page. You will find a Midterm
Folder with your TA name. Your essay is due on Wednesday, May 8th by 12:30PM, class time.
NO late papers will be accepted unless you have gotten explicit permission from me in advance
of the due date and time.
ANY paper suspected of plagiarism or other misconduct will be submitted to the Office of
Academic Integrity for adjudication. In the instance of this paper, plagiarism includes using the
words/ideas of an author without attribution, using essays written for this class last year, and
collaboration with your classmates in the writing process. There are no circumstances under
which you should access midterms from a previous year. If you have any questions about the
rules, ask for clarification, otherwise we assume you know them and are taking full
responsibility for your work.
The Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that the rights enumerated
apply to “all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of
society…shall…promote respect for these rights and freedoms by progressive measures,
national and international…”
Looking not just at the individual Articles but the UDHR as a whole—including the Preamblecharacterize the normative foundation of human rights and the understanding of responsibility
for securing and protecting them. This discussion should include at least the following:
1. What human characteristics are privileged in the 30 Articles? How, in other words, does
it understand the essential characteristics of human beings.
2. Which group of rights are positive rights? Which groups are negative rights? What does
this positive/negative grouping of rights tell you about both what humans are like and
how states behave?
3. What does it mean to say that the rights of the UDHR are “universal, indivisible, and
interdependent and interrelated”? For example?
4. What does the preamble mean when it says that “every organ” of society is responsible
for the promotion and protection of rights? Please provide at least three examples.
Parts Two and Three:
Choose ONE of the following topics: Prisoners’ Rights or Censorship.
Read the materials supplied for each topic.
In these two Parts, you are required to write individual pro and con arguments for/against the
rights of prisoners or state censorship. One essay (Part Two) will be a pro argument and the
second essay (Part Three) should be a con argument. While your pro and con should be
presented in separate essays, they should be written with an eye to each other; each should be,
at a minimum, addressing the points of the other. A good argument will go farther. You will not
do well if you write one side as a ‘straw man.’ Whatever your personal argument, the other side
should be presented as the best argument against you. Please use examples from the sources
that are provided. Essays that are purely general will not earn good grades; deal with the facts
of each case. Good arguments will be detailed and well structured.
Write a conclusion that explains not only which side you have chosen to defend, but why? How
does your argument address the claims of the Universal Declaration? You must take a side.
To be very clear…you will NOT be graded on the position you take but how well you structure
and defend the arguments in each section of the assignment.
Prisoners’ Rights: Please see the NYT links to three stories. I have also posted these in case you
have paywall issues with the Times. At dispute is not whether the individuals in prison are
innocent or guilty. At dispute is whether human rights disappear at the door of a cell.
Censorship: The most typical targets of censorship are in music and the arts. Popular culture is
the most vulnerable, which is an interesting problem in itself. Below are links to music,
photographs, and a painting that have faced censorship in at least one country. Each is also an
example of censored work that critics have argued is, in fact, art. Begin by asking yourself the
question “why were these banned?” and, then, make your argument about censorship. You are
NOT being asked to defend or critique the individual examples, but to see what is common
among them, what makes them a target for censors, and whether they were properly censored.
Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-dLZYDyhlc
Rolling Stones: Brown Sugar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbgPF-xY1ks
Thy Art is Murder- Holy War https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf04EYSifjE
Painting: Chris Orfili The Holy Virgin Mary https://www.moma.org/collection/works/283373
Photographs: Jeff Widener Tank Man http://100photos.time.com/photos/jeff-widener-tankman
Robert Mapplethorpe X Portfolio https://collections.lacma.org/node/222918
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