Your paper should meet the following basic criteria:
1. Your research paper should be approximately 2,000 words.
2. The essay should use at least five (5) legitimate source in addition to your course manual or your textbook. You are to demonstrate that you actually researched the topic.
3. You CAN use scholarly articles written and available on line.
4. You CAN include interviews with gallery directors and artists where appropriate
5. You can NOT use general encyclopedias such as Wikipedia, Britanica, Encarta, etc or online art dictionaries.
6. Include no more than three (3) low resolution, compressed images in your paper. These two images should be the most significant objects and/or buildings related to your chosen topic.
7. You must use a standard letter size page in portrait view (21.59cm x 27.94/ 8” x 11”)
8. You must use either 1.5 or double spacing.
9. You must use Times New Roman font size 12 font.
10. You must use 3cm margins on all edges.
11. You may indicate a paragraph change by either a line space or by indenting, BUT you must be consistent.
12. Your paper is to be free of spelling and grammatical errors. You may use either English or American spelling, again you must be consistent.
13. Cite dates as follows: 1832-1836; 15 July 1836; the fifteenth-century; c. 1500; fifteenth-century houses.
14. Place quotations within double inverted commas; quotations within quotations in single inverted commas. Quotations more than 6 lines long should start on the next line and use a single-spaced block quote format.
15. Italicize the titles of books, journals, works of art, buildings, and theses do not underline them.
16. You may use any standard referencing style (APA, MLA, etc) for citing the information sources such as books, articles, or theses. Choose one referencing style and use it consistently.
17. You paper is to be typed and submitted in either PDF, .doc or .docx formats. THESE ARE THE ONLY FILE FORMATS THAT WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Reseach Paper Topics
Choose only ONE topic for your research paper.
1. The Influence of Feng Shui on Chinese Tomb Architecture
2. The Influence of Hamada on European Ceramics
3. Early City Planning: the Indus Valley: New Discoveries
4. The Shalimar Gardens: Heaven on Earth?
5. Monuments to Peace: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
6. The Importance of Jingdezhen
7. Buddhist Pilgrimage Sites: IndiaQ: Fertility Figures in Indus Valley Art
8. Issues in Contemporary Chinese Art
9. Issues in Contemporary Japanese Art
10. Imperial Japanese Architecture
11. Zen and the Art of Tea: 17th century Japan
12. The Influence of Europe on Mughal Miniature Paintings
13. Textiles as Status: the Great Mughal Emperors
14. Early Indian Ceramics
15. The Influence of the Physical Landscape on Chinese Garden Development
16. The Influence of Japanese Architecture on Frank Lloyd Wright
17. The Influence of Persia on Mughal Miniature Painting
18. Paradise Revealed: the Mughal Garden
19. The Importance of the Great Wall of China as Symbol
20. Gendered Images: 17th century Japanese Woodblock Prins
21. Bejewelled: Personal Decorative Objects for the Mughal Court
22. The Decline of the Hutong: Beijing City Planning in the 21st Century
23. Living Treasures: Art Revered in Japan
24. The Influence of Persia on Mughal Achitecture
25. The Goddess in Indian Art
26. Longmen: Buddhist Cave Art
27. Art, Symbols, and Celebration: The Chinese New Year
28. Issues in Contemporary Indian Art
29. Colours and Figures: Chinese Imperial Robes
30. Imperial Regalia: Japan
31. The Influence of Daoism on Chinese Art
32. The Importance of Nara as a Buddhist Site in Japan
33. The City Palace: Udaipur: Power and Architecture
34. The Jain Temple
35. The Japanese Garden: symbols
Regarding the quality of the paper: This is what I look for:
1. Does the paper have a clearly formulated thesis?
2. Is it written in formal, academic language appropriate to the subject?
3. Are the citations appropriate/overused or underused?
4. Is there evidence of original thought?
5. Is this a work of such high standard that even with some editing, it could be published in a professional journal?
Thus, papers will be graded to the following rubric:
A+ Excellent work; clear, flawless, engagingly written, well organized, logical, and demonstrating a clear command of the topic and showing original insights in the interpretation. The work exceeds all the minimum requirements of the assignment and shows a sophisticated thesis that is well supported by evidence. Demonstrates the ability to critically analyze and/or synthesize issues and problems. There is clear evidence of advanced research. There are virtually no problems with writing style, grammar or spelling. In other words, it is impeccable in every measure or expectation.
A Exhibits almost all of the characteristics of the A+ paper but with some minor flaws in argument.
B+ The work is very good. It is well written and organized. It meets and often exceeds the minimum requirements of the assignment with frequent flashes of original thought. There is evidence of an advanced understanding of the material and evidence of attempts to critically analyze and/or synthesize issues and problems. There is clear evidence of advanced research. There are very few problems with writing style, grammar or spelling.
B Exhibits almost all of the characteristics of the B+ paper but has slight problems with the understanding of the issues and problems.
C+ The work is acceptable. It is generally clear and easy to read and meets and sometimes exceeds all of the minimum requirements of the assignment. There is evidence of a basic if unambitious or underdeveloped understanding of the material with limited analysis. There is clear evidence of basic research and/or analytical skills but there are some problems with the writing style, grammar or spelling that exceed those for the B+ to B range.
C The work is acceptable but has slight issues with clarity. It is not always easy to read but meets or sometimes exceeds the minimum requirements of the assignment. There is slightly less of an understanding of the material and there are attempts at analysis. There is clear evidence of basic research skills.
D The work is marginal. It meets only the minimum requirements of the assignment. There is evidence of only a simplistic understanding of the material. There is limited evidence of research and/or analytical skills. There are significant problems with writing style, grammar, or spelling.
F The work is unsatisfactory. It does not meet the minimum requirements of the assignment and it fails to grasp even the most basic of concepts.