ZIP! Inquiry Project Proposal


From early on, I have had a clear idea of what I would like to do for ZIP: I want to read a plethora of influential political science-based texts and examine the persuasive devices that these writers use to make their texts more impactful to the general population. I then want to take my knowledge and argue a point using these persuasive devices.

My question is: What makes a good political argument? I chose this question because I am very passionate about debating, and I find political science writings very interesting. I am motivated by my curiosity and general interest in this question.

I currently know a little bit about political science. I have read The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli,   Das Kapital, and The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx. I am also slightly familiar with Hobbes’ and Locke’s theories of human nature.

Someone that I can approach for help during my ZIP project is my mom, as she has a Masters degree in Political Science. Other resources I can utilize are the substantial number of political science texts in my family’s library, and the numerous websites on political science.

I will present my research in the form of a persuasive argument. I may either write a persuasive essay or verbally argue for my point.

Here is a calendar of my tentative deadlines. The texts I plan to read are subject to change.


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