CLASSICS 1M03 Lecture 17: Political Science 1AB3 A Brief Guide to your Paper Proposal
A Brief Guide to your Paper Proposal:
Remember – a proposal is just that. It is a proposal: it indicates what you
will be doing. The proposal is not intended to be a mini-version of your
There are different types of research questions - so not all of the sub-
questions below will necessarily be directly relevant to you. Nevertheless,
ask yourself the question: will my research strategy allow me to identify the
key actors, structures, and institutions responsible for a given outcome/event
(whether that outcome is a particular conflict, economic development,
democratic failure/success, a particular policy success/failure, etc.)? Will
the evidence I gather be sufficient to satisfactorily answer my question and
support my conclusion?
- In the introduction to your proposal
- A). Outline your research question
o What will you be exploring in your actual research paper?
- B). Clearly establish why your question is significant
o Why should we care about this topic?
o Provide a little background on the issue/controversy that you