Developing a proposal is one of the first steps in an academic research process. Your audience for this proposal includes your classmates, who may have disparate backgrounds and limited knowledge of your topic, and your instructor, who is unlikely to have specialized knowledge in exactly the topic youâ€™ve chosen(homeless in America). Consequently, your task is to present a concise (350-500 words) yet well-supported proposal in which you introduce the contemporary global issue youâ€™ve selected, explain its significance, both in your own field of study and to the larger external population, and present a clear argument as to why this topic is worthy of time and attention. Your proposal must demonstrate your understanding of the scope of the social and cultural issues related to this topic while demonstrating your familiarity with relevant scholarly research.
Using the information included in Scaffold Step #1 (Topic Proposal Worksheet) from Webtext Ch. 1 and other scholarly sources you may have collected, organize your work so that it effectively develops your argument. Follow the conventions of academic essay writing with a title page; double-spaced text; clear introduction, body, and conclusion; and a reference page. Your work should be original, with quotations limited to less than 10% of your total word count. Use only scholarly sources in your proposal, and include citations in APA format.
Be sure your work clearly states the problem in a way that anyone unfamiliar with your field of study will understand. Draw an explicit connection between the topic and one or both of your Degree Depths; this will help establish the relevance of your topic to your studies.
When summarizing key issues and themes found in your preliminary reading, consider how the issue may affect vulnerable and disenfranchised populations around the world, and the ethical issues that may be involved. Synthesize the key disagreements among the research studies; this will help your audience understand the need to study the issue.
Your proposal should be 350-500 words and reflect appropriate critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, and senior-level written communication skills. Resources on stages in the writing process are included in the Full List of Student Resources on the Modules page.
In M2D1, you will share your proposal with your classmates by copying the text and pasting it directly into a discussion post. Based on the feedback you receive from your peers, you will refine your proposal according to the above guidelines before submitting it at the end of the module.
Your Research Proposal must be submitted by Sunday at 11:59 PM. Meeting this deadline is crucial, as your instructor will need to review and approve your proposal before you can begin the next scaffold step.
Compose your work in a .doc or .docx file type using a word processor (such as Microsoft Word, etc.) and save it frequently to your computer. For those assignments that are not written essays and require uploading images or PowerPoint slides, please follow uploading guidelines provided by your instructor.