This assessment is aimed at helping you to think through your research essay . The research essay requires you to examine a cultural experience/event/object/person, and it can be scary to start the research and thinking process. Therefore, the research proposal is your “first step” in thinking about questions such as “What am I interested in as a research topic?”, “How will I approach it?” “What do I want to find out/learn from the research and analyses?” Below is a guide on how to structure the research proposal.
Use this to structure your proposal:
Write a summary of the proposed research essay. In other words, what sort of cultural experience/event/object/person etc. are you thinking of using for the research essay? Why are you interested in it?
in (around 150-200 words or so, describe how you will research into this topic. This can include:
What sort of literature and theories will you be using? You must nominate a key theory/theorist
How will you access that literature ?
Will your methodology involves visiting a site ?
Will it involve looking at grey literature or will you be looking at online resources such as websites, and social media?
What do you think might be the biggest challenge in accessing your research materials?
Significance of the Research: in 50 words or so, explain what you hope to learn from this research. How will it contribute to your knowledge about culture and experience?
Note: Your research topic may change over the term, and it is okay to write your research essay on something that is different from the research proposal .