¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Your final project for this class is an opportunity to connect our readings with your own emerging interests. You will formulate a research question in your preliminary proposal and then develop an annotated bibliography to pursue your inquiry, before sharing your ideas with to the class at the end of the semester and writing up a formal paper.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 I encourage you to formulate a project that will help you to move toward your larger goals for graduate study. This may mean exploring the central questions in a field that interests you; developing familiarity with a body of knowledge; wrestling with a difficult issue from multiple perspectives; or practicing the skills of cultural analysis. Each student will meet individually with me to discuss their plans at least once.
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Preliminary proposal meeting: Schedule a meeting here after November 1
Bring a one-page rough description of your project idea for us to discuss. The description should include a question that you would like your research to explore.
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Preliminary question due: Friday November 10.
What do you want to explore? How will you explore it? This may be as short as a sentence or as long as a page, and will serve as the basis for the meeting where we discuss your proposed project.
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Annotated bibliography and progress notes due: Monday November 27
Select five sources (none from class), read them, and write a paragraph of description about each one. What was useful? What wasn’t? How might this source help you develop your project? Include 1-2 pages of informal analysis, thinking through how the research described here is informing your developing project.
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Final project discussion: Wednesday December 6
We will not have formal presentations, but on our last day of class you should be prepared to share the details of your project with your classmates as part of our reflective discussion.