Contrastive analysis of media diplomacy in American and Chinese news reports on Occupy Central
The proposal includes 4 parts: the introduction, literature review, research questions and methodology.
o Introductioni??explain your interest in this topic, explain your general research question or thesis
o Except as a class exercise, the most common reason for writing a proposal is to get funds so it is good practice to think of your proposal as situating your study as a unique contribution in the large stream of knowledge production while simultaneously creating a story that compels the reader to become an advocate for your project!
o You are making an argument that these are intellectually sound research questions, based on a thorough review of the relevant literature, and that your approach will answer the questions you are posingi??this is harder than it sounds.
o Literature reviewi??use this section wisely to both explain past work in the area of study in which you have situated your project, and review what is already i??knowni?? about your topic area, as well as critique what has come before your study.
o Many lit reviews are overly tangential or generici??make sure that as you refine your area of research, you revise the lit review to i??pointi?? to your research questions. The lit review should be very focused your topic and quite different from an annotated bibliography (listing the sources and summarizing what they said).
o There are multiple approaches to the organization of the review. It could be integrated by theoretical perspective, by sub-topics, etc. Just remember that it should flow like a narrative and culminate with your research questions as the logical outcome of the review. The reader should not be left with the feeling that the review leads to a completely different set of questions that would be much more interesting and/or valuable.
o Be sure that the information in your lit review is very up-to-date. No one wants to be told that a really similar study was published last month in Journal X.
o At the end of the lit review, restate your research questions and add probes or hypotheses if you are doing a quantitative or mixed methods study.
o Read your research questions out loud to yourself before you are sure they are finally perfecti??they should be among the most clearly structured sentences you have ever written.
o Hypotheses, if you have any do not have to be stated in the null form, they can be comparative.
o Include a methods section explaining how you will conduct your study.
o The methods section should tell the reader:
i?? Logistics for gathering data (e.g., how will you gain access if it is a field study), what is your timeline, etc.
i?? How you plan to collect the data, your approach (e.g., mini-ethnography, observation, critical discourse analysis, visual analysis) and why this is the most appropriate way to answer your research questions
i?? If you are doing interviews you should give a good overview of your instrument (e.g., include sample interview questions). For mixed method studies with a quantitative component you will also need to explain which populations you will sample from and how you will analyze the data.
i?? Put as much of what you have developed, such as the interview questions, coding schemes, surveys, questionnaires, etc. that you will use into the appendix. Remember that the more information you give me, the more helpful I can be.
i?? If you want to practice putting together a budget, I am happy to give feedback on this but it is not required.
i?? Limitations of the method/approach should be described in social science and whitepaper studies; alternative standpoints/frames in critical/cultural studies should be discussed.
o Conclude with expectations (contribution, outcomes, etc.)i??these will differ a great deal depending on the type of study.
To write this proposal, you must based on the following topic outline!!