COMM CONFLICT RESOLUTION
RESEARCH TOPIC & PAPER OUTLINE
RESEARCH TOPIC IS: “The
Gandhi's Salt March”
the historical facts of the situation. Depending on how long ago your topic is,
you will find newspaper articles or history books. These will be factual
who you are calling the Agitators and label who you are calling the Establishment/Control
a short statement of the ideology of the Agitators and determine a short
statement of the Establishment/Control
which strategies from Chapter 2 were used by your Agitators and which
strategies from Chapter 3 were used by your Establishment.
of Strategy- define it. Thing/Event(s) done by your Agitators/Establishment
that is an example of the strategy
this for each strategy that you see used. There should be examples from both
the Agitators and the Establishment.
analysis will be your opinion! It is unlikely you will find academic sources
that will speak directly to this.
strategies were most successful? Why? This is your opinion. Remember
that it doesn’t mean that the successful strategies were only by the “winner”
of the conflict; it could have been a successful event along the way or part of
a still ongoing conflict.
put this information into an outline. (See sample)
10. Start to put your above
information into paragraphs.
11. Worry about transitional sentences
AFTER you have the foundation.
Each student will be required to write a
10-page paper on a societal conflict. It must include at least 4 citations to
outside resources. None of the class texts are acceptable as one of the 4
resources, but you should
The Rhetoric of Agitation of Control.
You should NOT be using the other class texts for this paper. The
resources may and should be articles from the internet, from news sources,
journals, texts etc. If you are able to find articles on your topic through
Google, that is acceptable. You must
your topic approved by the instructor. This must be done in writing (via
email). Any topics not pre-approved are done at the risk of the paper being
unacceptable and is at risk of a failing grade or no credit. It is the sole
responsibility of the student to seek approval.
Your goal is to explore your issue more
in depth after learning about the use of rhetoric in societal conflict. The
paper should include a discussion of the historical context, a discussion of
agitators and establishment and their ideologies in that context, a discussion
of the strategies/tactics used by each and conclude with an analysis and
critique of effectiveness or ineffectiveness of each. YOU are providing the
The paper MUST be an analysis of the use
of rhetorical communication strategies/tactics by agitators and established
authority and not solely a history paper or term paper describing the facts of
Your paper will be an analysis of a large
scale public conflict that has significant ramifications. The focus is on
development of social agitative groups and groups within or between countries.
You should use concepts from The
Rhetoric of Agitation and Control. Explain how these concepts were
utilized by the agitators and the establishment that you chose to write about.
You should not
a history paper but parts of the paper obviously will touch on history.
The difference is that history records
the facts and the chronology. Communication analyzes it asking, “How can
communication bring people together? -identification, common ground,petition,
solidification) or pull people apart? (alienation, polarization) Communication
looks at how people are persuaded to take sides because of common stories or
symbols----i.e. flags, slogans, songs. (What are the symbols/stories that are
told on the different sides? Why are
these stories/symbols effective or ineffective). Who are the Agitators? Who are
Communication recognizes diverse types of
power. How is the Establishment’s power used in the conflict? Communication
looks at possible ways of problem solving and alternatives- which are used in
this conflict? What are alternatives for peace? What strategies and tactics are
used by the establishment? By the agitators?
Your goal is to examine the arguments
raised by both/all sides of the issue. You should evaluate the arguments. You
should analyze why and how people are persuaded to take a stand on a particular
issue- i.e. how did the agitators gain and keep their supporters? How do the
leaders keep their followers motivated to follow? You should focus on
propaganda and persuasion used by both agitators and establishments. Where is
identification built? Look at the symbols used.
If you do not know how to properly cite
library sources in a reference list, go to the Communication Department website
to access a copy of our Handbook for Majors. Students will be graded for proper
citation in Works Cited as well as throughout the paper. There are also many
free websites that will assist you in creating a Works Cited page.
Although this is not an English class,
writing is important for all professionals and all college graduates. The
instructor will review writing, grammar and style. Get help from the Writing
Center on the first floor of the CAS building if needed. They are now familiar
with my expectations for this paper! Texting and social media shorthand are not
acceptable in formal writing!
open Rhetoric of Agitation and Control Chapter 1 here
Rhetoric of Agitation and Control Chap. 2
Strategies of Agitation
Gandi and Guerilla
Easy ways to fail the paper:
● Topic inappropriate or not
related to communication
● Paper less than 10 full pages
● No use of class concepts
● Paper is all history
SOME acceptable topics include: This list
is NOT all-inclusive! There are many, many acceptable topics!
War in Iraq and Afghanistan, US conflict/war with Al Queda or
ISIS and terrorism -- **(NOT Chapter 8 of RAC) It must not be about the dissent
against the war here in the US
US conflict/war with Al Queda and terrorism Egypt Revolution
Boston Tea Party/ American Revolution
Israel's invasion of Lebanon (2006)
Somalia conflict- government and Ethiopian troops
Pakistan- people v. the ruling power
Civil war in Syria
Greece and Macedonia
Colombia and FARC
War in Iraq and Afghanistan, US conflict/war with Al Queda or ISIS and
terrorism -- **(NOT Chapter 8 of RAC) It must not be about the dissent against
the war here in the US US conflict/war with Al Queda and terrorism
Recently students have also successfully done: Australia and its aboriginal population Student movement in
There was also a recent nationalist movement in Scotland that yielded a vote
(ultimately independence was voted down)
Philippines – various attempts at democracy
Gay Rights movement – you MUST pick a group or an individual upon which to
focus- **not just a history paper of the movement
Apartheid in South Africa
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