Topic: The Right to Housing
This assignment requires that you carry out research on a theme from the second half of the semester. The goal is not to produce an essay or a specific argument, but rather to engage in a conscious and systematic research practice.
Note that there are two sections to this assignment.
You are to find THREE peer reviewed journal articles that address the topic you have chosen. Note that the topic you have chosen should be one of the central themes of the article. You may choose from any of the peer reviewed journals listed below to find your articles.1
Journal of Law and Economics
Journal of Economic Literature
Journal of Law, Economics and Organization The American Economic Review
Studies in Political Economy
Journal of Law and Social Policy
Economy and Society
Business and Society
Law and Society Review
1 Note that you should use at least two of the above journals for your research. In other words, you can’t select all three of your articles from the same journal.
After you find these three articles from some of the journals above (you will have to look through many articles to narrow down your choices), you will create an annotated bibliography. An annotated bibliography involves creating a bibliographical entry for each of the three sources you find (see APA style sheet linked below for formatting instructions), and including two pages (500 typed words) following each source. In the annotation you should include the following:
1) Give an account of the source of the article. What journal is this article found in? What discipline does it belong to, and what is its academic orientation? It is strongly recommended that you visit the journal’s website and review its mission statement in order to identify its theoretical and ideological orientation. Keep this information in mind when reading the article and when writing your summary of its argument.
2) Write a brief summary of the argument presented in the article. This will involve you first reading the article carefully, and then articulating its core argument. DO NOT copy the abstract or only include information from the introduction. You should cite directly from the body of the article at least three times, preferably from different sections and page ranges.
3) Explain whether or not this article would be useful if you were to write an essay on your selected topic. How would it contribute to your work? Does it give good empirical evidence? Does it introduce a specific theoretical approach? Does it address a particular historical or geographical instance? Does it give an account of a debate in the field? There are many possible answers to this question.