o A research question that should be clearly stated (as a question!) and bolded.
o A brief discussion on why you think this is an important question
o What is the social science discipline you’re focusing on and why you think that is the best
framework to consider your question 1-2 pages: Methods
o A discussion of which research methodology you would use to collect your data o Why you think that would be the best way to collect data to answer your research
o How you would recruit subjects. For example, if you were conducting a study on zoos (a
topic you CANNOT use) you may say you would:
o Should include 7-10 sources with a minimum of 6 peer reviewed journal articles. Please note: one of the most consistent reasons for points being deducted is for doing an Annotated Bibliography instead of a Lit Review. There are guides to Lit Reviews, as well as a sample Lit Review (though you can skip the running head!), on Isidore.
1-2 pages: Challenges
o What are potential problems or challenges you may run into if you were to conduct this
o You can include ethical issues, subject recruitment, etc.
1 page: Role of Theory
o This will be a generic discussion of the role that theory plays in research (it will have
nothing to do with your topic)
o In addition to class discussions, the role of theory in research is covered in the pdf of
powerpoints, and some of the readings, for exam #1
o You should think of this part of your proposal as addressing the 4th learning objectives on
page one of the syllabus.
1-2 pages: Future Research
o Pick two of the following four categories: Race, Gender, Social Class, and Location
(where you live – for example, suburban, urban, rural) and in 1-2 paragraphs for each category address the following
Identify a research question that connects how the category may influence your topic in general (you should also bold the text of the research question).
For example, if the overall topic is exotic pets and the category is Location, you could ask: Are people who live in countries where tigers are native less likely to keep them as pets?
In a paragraph explain what you think the answer may be and why.