Prospectus with practicum milestone 1. Describe the focus and motivation of your study (i.e., what you are going to study, and why it is interesting or important). You can study anything as long as (a) it is a “social fact” (see Durkheim, 1982/1895), (b) it does not violate common research ethics ( see chapter 3, Babbie, 2016), and (c) can be studied from general public through an online questionnaire. The prospectus will develop into the final report’s “introduction & Literature Review” (7 – 10 pages double-spaced), although it can be simpler for now. It shall cover the following points:
Prospectus with practicum milestone 1
- Describe a problem or puzzle that is interesting to you(and ideally to others). Explain why it is interesting or important.
- Describe the primary concept (see Babbie, 2016, p.13-17) pertains to the problem. Make sure it can be measured as a variable (see p.13-17) through a survey (see p.256).
- Describe the primary concept (see Babbie, 2016, p.13-17) pertains to the problem. Make sure it can be measured as a variable (see p.13-17) through a survey (see p.256) Describe at least two secondary concepts that you believe are important causes or consequences (or one cause and on consequence) of the primary concept. Make sure they can be measured through a survey or manipulated through an experiment (see Babbie, 2016m p.233-234) where different participants will randomly see different text or graphic stimuli on their computer screen.
- Draw a causal diagram of the above concepts (e.g., the top panel in Figure 1-1, Babbie, 2016, p.9). Explain why your concepts should be connected this way, ideally drawing on some theories.
- Describe the extent to which the above problem, including each of the concepts, has been studied. Cite at least one relevant academic journal article (in many cases, news stories or social media posts are not reliable sources) for the problem and/or each concept. Explain how your study expands upon existing research.