GGRB05H3 Y Summer 2012 University of Toronto Scarborough
Proposal and Annotated Bibliography Department of Social Sciences
15% of Course Grade
Due in lecture on June 11
The guiding theme for the Proposal and the Research Paper is ʻExamining Local Solutionsʼ.
This assignment consists of two parts: i) a Proposal and ii) an Annotated bibliography and both parts are
to be submitted together. The main purpose of this Proposal is to identify a topic and further propose a
research question, which will then be used as a thesis for the second assignment.
The theme ʻExamining Local Solutionsʼ is to be considered for both this proposal and the second
assignment. The research topic should explicitly identify a local urban issue and attempt to identify a
theoretical framework. A theoretical framework is essentially your chosen ʻlensʼ or the body of literature
that will give context to your research question.
You should also state where the possible solution(s) to your chosen problemcouldbefound.Isthe
solution to your local problem based on economics, funding, technology, political will/jurisdiction,
bureaucracy or civil society involvement?
Students are encouraged to draw upon the broader course themes, lectures, chapters in te h textbook,
and current issues in order to identify viable topics. Students may consider engaging with an actual case
study as it may help concretize some of the theoretical concepts discussed in both lectures and tutorials.
However, if a student wishes to engage and explore a more theoretical or conceptual topic related to a
specific urban issue that is also acceptable.
A proposal normally would include any of the following sections:
· Title of the research project
· Research question
· Identification of secondary research questions (things that you need to know to help answer your
· Identification of a theoretical framework
· Identification of a possible solution (as per the theme of the assignment)
· Identification of possibleconstraints to the overall research project
· Identification of possible outcomes/conclusions
· References (please note that you should be providing references in the ʻIntroduction/Contextʼ
portion of the proposal)
This assignment ultimately allows for a certain degree of latitude and creativity, in investigating specific
local urban topics. Also, at the end of each chapter in the textbook there is a section that identifies
ʻFurther Readingʼ, and often it contains valuable references that may greatly aid yourproposal. The word
limit for the proposal is 1000 words (not including references).
1 Annotated Bibliography (5%)
You are to choose a minimum of eight sources from which you will create an annotated bibliography.
These sources are intended to help you understand the context, debates and discussion that exist about
your chosen topic. These sources should help form the theoretical background and framework for your
Research Paper. There is no word limit for the annotated bibliography. The Annotated Bibliograph y
· A minimum of eight sources.
· Five sources must be academic. (i.e.,