During this semester, each student in this class is expected to produce:
Your in-class presentation should be on the same topic as either your midterm paper or your final paper, and the other paper will be on a different topic. Thus you only need to research two topics. For each paper, students must submit first a proposal or outline, then a first draft, and finally the finished paper.
The paper proposal may be in the form of an outline or a detailed abstract. One or two pages will suffice. It should include at least a few references that you have already consulted.
The first draft should be at least 2/3 of the final requested length, and must include at least some references and a bibliography. The bibliography need not be complete.
The in-class presentations by different students must all be on different topics. (Your term paper topic other than your presentation topic can be the same as another student's topic.) When deciding what topic to choose for your presentation, consult the schedule of presentations posted on the class web page to find out what topics have already been taken.
The research papers must be based on research and written in proper scholarly style, with references for all sources consulted. See the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers or similar work for guidelines on proper citation style. At least 2 sources must be scholarly works. The topic of one paper is to be the same as your presentation, but you may (should) go into greater depth and cover a broader range of aspects of the topic than your presentation did. Overlap with another student's presentation or paper topic is not a problem for your paper.