Paper Proposal Guidelines
The proposal must be two (2) double-spaced pages in length and specify a social issue or social problem. Consider the following questions when writing your proposal: a) What are you specifically interested in exploring on this topic? b) Why is this topic a significant social issue? c) What question/s do you have that are unanswered regarding this topic? This can be a historical issue where we see changes in society’s perception of the issue; or engage discussions/debates on a contemporary issue in the United States and/or globally. The more detail, the better.
Picking a Topic
Consider a topic you could develop in a later study (thesis or upper level courses). Here are some topic suggestions (feel free to alter elements of these suggestions):
Your proposal must include:
As always, please refer to Dr. Ali's full assignment guidelines in Cougar Courses.
You will obtain and analyze six (6) peer-reviewed, academic journal articles. These sources will provide and deepen your research-based knowledge on a social issue/problem of your choosing. For each entry, you will write a bibliographic reference using APA format, followed by a specific six-sentence annotation.
This annotation method is an adaptation of Margaret Woodworth’s (1988) rhetorical précis, which provides a condensed statement of the text’s main argument, followed by other statements about the text’s rhetorical elements, including the author’s purpose, methods, and intended audience. It also draws connections between texts, and the text’s relevance to the course focus.
Please refer to Dr. Ali's full assignment guidelines in Cougar Courses for examples of what the six-sentence annotation should look like.