POS 4734 Research Methods in Political Science
September 27, 2019
KEEP IN MIND:
• For your research question, literature review, theoretical framework, and concept definitions, make sure to pay very close attention to the feedback you received and revise your previous drafts accordingly. Do NOT simply copy and paste from your previous drafts.
• If you provide more information on your methodology plan, you can receive more detailed feedback on it.
• The expected results do not need to be long. One or two paragraph(s) would be enough to show what is your prediction in the research.
• Citation is essential. You can choose any type of citation: MLA, APA, Chicago, or Harvard
• The deadline is October 4, 2019 at 11:59 PM
• This assignment should be submitted through the UF E-Learning (Canvas)
• It should be saved in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF
• It should be written with double-spaced, 12-point font, and 1-inch margins in 10-12 pages
EXPECTED STRUCTURE OF YOUR RESEARCH PROPOSAL:
1. Research question
What is your research question? Explain why your research question is important in the realm of political science and how it can contribute to the field.
2. Literature Review
Provide at least 3 academic peer-reviewed journal articles relevant to your research question. When you design your literature review, make sure to answer these questions:
• What questions have the scholarly articles addressed?
• What are the main arguments of the articles?
• How solid are the evidences provided in the articles to reach their conclusions?
• What are the points of convergence and disagreement in the literature?
• What are the most important problems and gaps that require further research?
3. Theoretical framework (Revising your previous draft)
What is your theoretical answer to your research question? What is the logical reasoning behind your theoretical answer? Why is your theory better than other rival theories?
• Independent Variable
What is your independent variable? Define the concept of your independent variable. Do you adopt the concept built upon the literature? If so, explain why you adopt the concept. If not, explain how your concept is different from the literature’s.
If you have more than one independent variable, explain each variable in order.
• Dependent Variable
What is your dependent variable? Define the concept of your dependent variable. Do you adopt the concept built upon the literature? If so, explain why you adopt the concept. If not, explain how your concept is different from the literature’s.
Provide your hypotheses. When you build your hypotheses, make sure to check the qualifications of good hypotheses.
□ Empirical statement
□ Generality based on the scope of your research
□ Directional hypotheses
□ Correspondence to the way in which you intend to test the hypothesis
□ No tautology
• Explaining your theory: Why your theory answers to the research question?
• Defining concepts of your dependent and independent variables
• Explaining the assumptions underlying your theory
• Explaining the scope of your research: This part is NEW. Make sure to explain your scope condition
• Introducing your hypotheses
4. Research methodology
• Describing your dataset
o Who/when has created the dataset?
o How did you obtain it?
o What kind of information it has?
o Why do you use the dataset?
• Operationalization of your dependent and independent variables
o How to measure your dependent and independent variables?
o How to check validity and reliability? (if these criteria can be applicable)
• Unit of analysis
• Specific methodology you plan to use: Statistical analysis? Case studies? In-depth interview? Survey? Experiment?
• Why do you use the methodology? How do you choose your methodology?
5. Expected results