(You the writer can choose the topic that you want to write about, try to refrain from writing about politics)Anything else should be fine. Read the instructions and follow the format.
The Problem Identification essay, 2 pages, single spaced, establishes your ability to invent a scholarly
research question from the larger and more complex problems of business ethics. This essay is, essentially,
section of any longer piece of writing, and should exhibit your ability to:
1) Describe the overall
of the problem at hand.
2) Describe the
as it emerges from the context.
3) Invent a
or specific problem that you want to interrogate.
for your Research Question, a brief
lay-of the land
narrative that provides a broad
description of the problem at hand. This general comment shows what brings you to the
issue, often by way of setting down the current scholarly debate, or by describing a scene
from a film, book, or news event.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The themes of
are being discussed in many
quarters of the left today. This is no doubt a consequence of the crisis of class politics and
indicates the growing awareness of the need for a new form of identification around which to
organize the forces struggling for a radicalization of democracy.
as you see it, which hints at the Research Question itself. This brief narrative
the issue at hand so that you can then ask a specific question for your research.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I believe that the question of political identity is crucial and that the attempt
identities is one of the more important tasks of democratic politics. But
there are many different versions of citizenship and vital issues are at stake in their contest. The
way we define citizenship is intimately linked to the kind of society and political community we
(#1 above) which can take the form of a stated problem (Ã¢â‚¬Å“In this
essay I want to interrogate the ways
informs our identity-constructsÃ¢â‚¬Â), or an actual
question (Ã¢â‚¬Å“In what ways does
determine our identity?) This is the single most
important component of your writing.
Research Question Sample:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“How should we understand
when our goal is both a
radical and plural democracy? Such a project requires the creation of a chain of equivalence
among democratic struggles, and therefore the creation of a common political identity among
democratic subjects. For the term
to actually mean this and function in this way, what
conditions must it meet?Ã¢â‚¬Â
and a glimpse of your Researched Argument. This
shows how you plan to address the question through research, and how your argument will
emerge from your findings.
Research Method Sample:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“These are the problems that I will address, and I will argue that the
key task is how to conceive of the nature of the political community under modern democratic
conditions. I consider that we need to go beyond the conceptions of citizenship of both the
liberal and civic republican tradition while building on their respective strengths.Ã¢â‚¬Â