The task entails writing up a detailed, professional research proposal of 8 pages (no less, no
more, including references) (12 point font, 1 spacing). Write concisely and with clarity. The
individual items include:
The identification of a problem and/or a central research question that the project will
Review of relevant literature and identification of a lacuna that your project will fill how
does your project make an original contribution to the scholarship
Aims (what the project strives to discover/establish/refute) contextualized against a
The method/s to be used and justification why it/they are appropriate
Organization of the project (e.g. what will be done where, chapter outline, etc)
Logistical and/or budgetary issues (e.g. travel requirements, special equipment,
A bibliography of works cited. Use the Harvard method.
Think of this proposal as a plan for a long masters thesis (40 000 to 50 000 words). You have
one year to complete the project. This would mean that any field work you do (should your
project require it) would have to be undertaken in the first few months.
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