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Your Research Paper Proposal
***BELOW IS INFORMATION ON HELPING CHOOSING A TOPIC
Making Interdisciplinary Studies Personal
Look around your life to see where there are conflicts or problems that need solving or look around for something that you are interested in that would take on new meaning if it were examined from multiple perspectives. Though it isn’t the habit of most people to approach such issues from multiple perspectives, this is what you will be asked to do in your research paper. The more you can learn about a topic by using multiple perspectives, the easier an issue might be to solve or understand. Solutions or issues will become clearer.The issue you are going to research is one that is immediate to your life, not something large like global warming or health care coverage—though those topics would benefit from an interdisciplinary approach. Find something more immediate such a concern in your neighborhood or at the local PTA/PTO. So instead of global warming you might look at why there is no recycling going on in your community. The attached articles are examples of small issues where a student might learn more about themselves and the world around them by the using an interdisciplinary approach.The two short articles from Newsweek are examples of small issues that might be used as a topic. The article on cab drivers might be viewed from the disciplines (areas of study) of (intercultural) communication, religious studies, and anthropology. What public celebrity isn’t surrounded in controversy. What academic perspectives might you explore to discuss an issue that plagues that celebrity and what would lead you to believe the issue or not? The
discussion of the Spiderman movie is an example of using an interdisciplinary approach to view a topic. You could pick a popular movie, as this author did, for your interdisciplinary analysis, because there are many academic fields besides media communication that apply. You could look at some of the movie reviews to get a multiple personal perspectives on the movie to round out your analysis.
Find a topic or idea in your life that might benefit from some further examination and has some personal importance to you. If you don’t have an investment in the topic you will be less likely to want to do the research. Develop a 1 page paper(abstract) discussing your topic and the multiple (3) academic perspectives you plan on approaching it from.
If these multiple perspectives don’t readily occur to you, look through the GSU catalog at all of
the degree programs we offer—each is a perspective or discipline that might have an opinion or idea about your topic. Select three disciplines that you want to look at concerning your topic.
Do some research, and include at least 4 APA references that you have found that support your position. So you will have the explanation of a topic, the 3 disciplines you will used to describe it, and the foundational research resources you will use
.When it comes to composing your final research paper you can take your topic and talk to people who you think might know something about it and see what their perspectives are. Then you can compare their perspectives to what you have discovered from the research into the perspectives of the different disciplines, but more about this later.
Each discipline or academic perspective has its own approach; each looks at some aspect of the issue but not how it would look if they didn’t use that perspective. Therefore your research is to stand in each of their perspectives and see the world as they do. Then you can step out of each perspective and see what it has in common with the others and what it focuses on that is different from the others. You can ask yourself what this discipline added to your understanding and how your perspective has changed. The last part of the paper is to review what you have learned from this research paper.
*****THIS IS NOT A PAPER YOU ARE WRITING RIGHT NOW. THE PAPER WILL BE POSTED SOON. THIS IS JUST A RESEARCH PAPER PROPOSAL.
RESEARCH PAPER PROPOSAL….You will first pick a topic (see Study Guide for the Research Paper subject matter details (POSTED ABOVE),then create a proposal, with a half page general description (abstract), and provide a brief (minimum of 4 sources) bibliography (reference list). and clearly define the 3 academic disciplines that you will use to describe your topic.