University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Department of
COM 375 – Conflict and Negotiation – Spring Semester 2017
Instructor: Irwin Mallin
Organize the paper into the following sections, using the following section headings:
I. The Conflict: Explain what the conflict was about. Although this is the section of the paper that will appear first, it’s actually the section that you should write last, as explained below
II. The Concept: Briefly set forth and explain in your own words the theory (or model or whatever) that you’re using to analyze your conflict.
III. Analysis of Conflict: This should be the longest section of the paper. Apply the concept you’ve chosen to your conflict.
IV. Conclusions about Conflict: Explain how the concept you chose is and isn’t useful for understanding how to deal with conflicts like the one you’ve analyzed here. This should be the next-to-longest section of the paper.
Generalizations will not lead to good papers. Support any assertion you make with a specific example from your interaction. When I read the paper I should be able to “see” the interaction to which you're referring. Try to remember exactly what people said and did as best you can.
The best papers
will have reasonably detailed analysis, and display insight
and creativity. They will also be grammatically
correct, free of spelling and punctuation errors.
The essay should be between three and five pages in length. It should be typed (double spaced, margins of 1" all around, font no larger than 12). It should also be stapled. Of course, keep a copy of your paper.
How to proceed:
I suggest writing Sections II, III and IV first and then going back and writing Section I, even though Section I will appear first in the final draft of your paper. That way, you need only include those facts that are necessary to your reader’s understanding of the subsequent sections.
Hints for success for this paper:
• Make sure you do
everything called for in these directions.
• Don't put this off! Start now, take your time, and use the services of the Writing Center if you need to.
•You are invited to show me a draft or discuss potential paper topics in office hours or by appointment.
2001-2017 Irwin Mallin
Last Updated:26 February 2017