explain the importance of the topic—what is at stake?
This assignment is an essay proposal that includes an annotated bibliography worth 15% of your final mark. You will be writing a proposal—proposing a topic for your final assignment (1250 word paper due in week 12). Your proposal will be 250 words + an annotated bibliography (due March 18th, Week 10) Your proposal is the first step to creating your 5-6 page final paper. the intent of a proposal is to convince your reader that your topic, your argument, and your approach are sound—and that you are well enough informed on the subject to undertake the larger essay. You will need to think about this—it is an assignment that requires you to use your knowledge, your research skills, and your creativity. The proposal will not pop into your head ready-made. It will, at times, be very frustrating. It will, at times, annoy you immensely. Start thinking about it now—as letting your ideas ‘percolate’ will serve you well. Doing a last-minute grab & jam will not work well here. Please develop your own research question i.e. do not go with the first argument you come across in your research. Be aware of the difference that time makes—discussing any era is absolutely fine, as long as you note what time period you are discussing. If you are writing about contemporary situations—make sure your research is as up to date as you can make it. Be aware of the difference space makes—discussing any city, region, or country is absolutely fine as long as you note what space you are discussing. If you are writing about a specific place, do not assume that it is universal. WHY? Throughout your career, whether that be law, education, engineering, finance, performing arts, healthcare, HRM, CRM, IT, marketing, portfolio management, and any other professional field—it is likely that at some point you will be called upon to write, or participate in the writing of, a proposal—for contract work, for competitive grant monies, for an in-house project, for a new hire, for expanded resources, for research funding, for more cowbell… A proposal is written to convince your reader that what you are proposing is worth doing. This is an important skill to develop—particularly as we are simultaneously in a gig economy AND an era of funding that is increasingly competitive for both government and in-house support. APPROACH The quality of your proposal’s argument and research are being evaluated; you are NOT being evaluated on the political views reflected in your assignment. If you can find something that interests you—even a bit—it will make the work more interesting for you to research and write, and more engaging for your reader to read. It is, however, important to remember to maintain a degree of objectivity in order to present a rounded argument. In other words—be careful to make sure your argument considers more than just opinions that agree with yours. Your approach should be VERY focused—looking at ONE aspect of a broader issue. The more specific and precise you can be, the stronger your argument will be IN GENERAL You are proposing a VERY short research paper (5-6 pages). You are not proposing an overview of the entire field of study or a general argument—you will be proposing a short paper on a specific argument and providing relevant research to back up your statements. Your approach will be fact-based—which means you need to have research to back up your claims. IF you cannot find relevant research—shift gears. When you start—be flexible. Follow where the research leads you. An academic proposal is expected to contain these elements: It will be written as an essay–WITHOUT section divisions or sub-headings. The proposal should form a single coherent argument in essay form. A rationale for the choice of topic, showing why it is important or useful within the concerns of the discipline or our course. It is sensible to indicate the limitations of your aims—do not promise what you cannot deliver. Although some circumstances might readily be agreed upon as ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ it is important to make clear what—exactly—is wrong or right, and not leave assumptions implied or vague. A brief outline of your intended argument–noting background information and the logic of your argument. A review of existing published work (“the literature”) that relates to the topic. Here you demonstrate how your proposed work connects to existing research. This will be your annotated bibliography Please do NOT use phrases such as “I propose”, “I will argue”, “as will be demonstrated/shown”, or “this proposal will…” All of these are a waste of words in an assignment this short. Think of a better, shorter way of phrasing the statement—and just immediately get to the crux of what you want to say. My suggested format for the proposal would be: First paragraph—introduce your topic. Be clear and concise—vague and generalized statements will not help you. The last sentence should be a very precise statement of what, exactly, your proposed paper will argue. Second paragraph—explain the importance of the topic—what is at stake? Why does it matter, who is impacted, what changes need to be made? Be specific—not ‘this needs to improve so that we can all live in a socially just world’. Third paragraph—explain any research or examples you intend to use, and why they are relevant/ valuable to the topic. **This is a suggested format; if you wish to follow a different progression, you are free to do so. Just make sure that it all flows logically–and is written as an essay. ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY This must contain—as a bare minimum—4 peer-reviewed academic sources (that are NOT class readings). You may add (in addition) to this list whatever you wish, but your sources are expected to be reliable and relevant. If you do not know what an annotated bibliography is: start here. The closed captioning of the video is skewed: if you need it, the transcript is here. An annotated bibliography is a list of citations for various books, articles, and other sources on a topic. The annotated bibliography looks like a Works Cited page but includes an annotation after each source cited. An annotation is a very short summary and critical evaluation by you. Cite the source using APA. Describe the main ideas, arguments, themes, theses, or methodology, and identify the intended audience. Identify the observations or conclusions of the author. Explain the author’s expertise, point of view, and any bias he/she/they may have. If relevant–compare to other sources on the same topic that you have also cited to show similarities and differences. Explain why each source is useful for your research topic and how it relates to your topic. Each annotation should be between three to five sentences long (about 100—200 words). Try to be objective, and give explanations if you state any opinions. Due march 18 – 11:59pm