From Round to Square (and back)

For The Emperor's Teacher, scroll down (↓) to "Topics." It's the management book that will rock the world (and break the vase, as you will see). Click or paste the following link for a recent profile of the project:

A new post appears every day at 12:05* (CDT). There's more, though. Take a look at the right-hand side of the page for over four years of material (2,000 posts and growing) from Seinfeld and country music to every single day of the Chinese lunar calendar...translated. Look here ↓ and explore a little. It will take you all the way down the page...from round to square (and back again).
*Occasionally I will leave a long post up for thirty-six hours, and post a shorter entry at noon the next day.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Research Prospectus Assignment (Spring 2019)

Senior Seminars
Research Prospectus Assignment
(Rob LaFleur, based upon assignments by
Professors Ellen Joyce and Gail Terry)
[a] Research RF
What is a Prospectus?
A prospectus is a “road map” to your individual project for this course. It explains the specific, focused subject of your project and it also articulates the larger significance of this particular study. For example, an essay analyzing the growth of the Durkheimian school would not only explore the work of Durkheim and his followers, but also the larger issue of where Durkheimian sociology fit in a larger academic world (and the growing field of sociology).  

A prospectus summarizes the work that you have already done on your project and outlines what you still intend to do.  The prospectus for your project should be accompanied by an annotated bibliography. Together, your prospectus and bibliography will serve as a progress report of what you have accomplished and clarify (for you and for all of us) what remains to be done. 
[b] Contemplation RF

How should I Organize my Prospectus?
Your prospectus should be about three pages long (double-spaced).  Give the title for your project and your name.  The first paragraph should clearly state the subject of your research (small issue) and explain its larger significance (large issue).

The body of your prospectus should explain how you will go about addressing your intended subject.  What sources are you using? What kinds of sources are they? Which are primary and which are secondary (or tertiary)? What kind of information do you hope to glean from them?   

Moreover, how much of the work have you completed and how much remains to be done? In this case, obviously, you have yet to write the paper, but you should be able to outline, in prose, the major elements of your argument by the time you finish your prospectus, and this is the reason that it is due six weeks or more before your paper is due.

The conclusion to your prospectus should summarize your preliminary conclusions.  You might also discuss whether or not you expect these to change significantly on the basis of the work remaining to be done.
[c] Reflection RF
The Annotated Bibliography
Your bibliography should be on a separate page (or two), and attached to the end of your prospectus. Think of it as "Part Two" of your complete document. Bibliographical citations should follow the format of the Chicago Manual of Style.   

A brief annotation (2-4 sentences) should follow each citation.  In it, explain what the item is (what kind of source is it? what perspective does it take on your topic?) How, specifically, does it contribute to our knowledge of the subject?) and how you will be using it?  Entries should be single spaced with a double space between each entry.  Try to be concise and to avoid being too repetitious in your entries.

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