The topic of the term paper is to be chosen by the student with the advice and consent of the instructor. The topic should, of course, be something relevant to the course. It should not be a rehash of something we have done in class, although it could take significantly further some issue that arose in class. From time to time during the semester I may suggest possible term paper topics.
The paper could be a close critical examination of some argument or position that appears in a reading in the text. It could be a careful look at some broad issue. Typically it will involve some research, but it should also involve significant thought on your part. It should not simply be a report of facts of some case or of the thoughts of other people. You should grapple with the issues.
Any use of sources should be footnoted adequately. If you got an idea from somewhere, indicate that. If you refer me to a book or an article be sure to give me enough information (title, author, edition, page number) for me to find the reference. If you think I may not have access to the article, you should consider providing a photocopy of it. Failure to provide adequate citations may hurt your grade.