Assignment #1 (Individual): Annotated bibliography entry (15%)
Due on WordPress Website by 5:00 p.m. Monday April 20 (3 days later than on syllabus)
Our first assignment is to build an annotated bibliography on the latest research on human rights in Latin America. An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books and articles. Each citation is followed by a brief descriptive and evaluative paragraph: the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited. You are responsible for research, writing, and posting one entry.
On Smart Site under “Assignments” are two examples of annotated bibliographies on “Human Rights in Latin America” written by graduate students in the School for International Studies at the University of Denver in 2002 and 2009. The first one is organized by country and focuses on human rights abuses during Cold War military dictatorship (you might want to read the entries on Argentina and Guatemala). The newer (2009) digest focuses on more contemporary issues and emphasizes the relationship between poverty and human rights violations. Both should be valuable resources as your group considers what topic to select for the final Human Rights Dossier.
One challenge of research is acknowledging the sheer volume of material that already exists about a given topic. Our task is not to duplicate what the U Denver students already did, but to acknowledge it, learn from it, and—for this assignment—revise and update it.