Research Proposal

The Research Proposal includes a literature review, justification of methods and methodology, set of aims and objectives and plan of action for investigating a cultural text or practice and is aimed at developing knowledge of how to design a manageable project within defined limits. The Research Proposal should consist of a piece of research on a media/culture-related subject of your choosing in which you should demonstrate what you have learnt across the module, drawing on material from a range of sessions, as appropriate. Your remit is to seek to convince the reader that the research you propose carrying out is worthwhile, methodologically sound, feasible and ethically justifiable. It should include methodology with ethical issues and the practical implications of the research.. Proposals will need to: Identify a primary research question which the research is seeking to answer. Identify secondary or subsidiary research questions, which can be addressed in seeking to answer the primary question. Outline why the research question is of importance and interest. This means locating it in the relevant media/ cultural studies academic literature, and showing what is new and different about your research. You should explain how the research is timely, relevant, theoretically innovative, opening up new ground, or whatever, as appropriate. Outline in some detail your proposed methodology, i.e. explain how the research is to be conducted, and why it is to be conducted in this way. This might mean explaining why other methodological approaches are not appropriate. Explain your epistemological approach, i.e. what is the basis of the claims to knowledge that your research is making? Explain the nature of the data you anticipate gathering, or the material you will explore, and how you will analyze it. Discuss any ethical issues you will face in the research, and any political implications of the research. The research can utilize any of the methodological and epistemological approaches discussed in the module, and can be approached from any disciplinary perspective covered. It is suggested that you dove-tail this research proposal with your dissertation, and treat the writing of this research proposal as an exercise in which you write a research proposal related to, if not directly for, your dissertation. Your research proposal must be well-presented, clearly laid out, with a comprehensive bibliography and proper referencing and use of foot or endnotes, as relevant. You might wish to include diagrams and tables, if appropriate. The proposal should be 4000 words +/- 10% in length. This piece of work is worth 70% of the total overall mark for the module. All written work should conform to the conventions set out in the MA programme handbook. Referencing is the acknowledgment of the sources you used when producing your piece of work. Referencing correctly is important to demonstrate how widely you have researched your subject, to show the basis of your arguments and conclusions, and to avoid plagiarism. You need to give the person reading your assignment enough information to find the sources you have consulted. This is done by including citations in your work and providing a list of references. Questions asked by the profesosor: At this stage, the key thing you need to consider is around your research design are you interested in mixed methods? What questions do you want to answer, and how can you address these with a questionnaire, and then what type? Have a think about this, maybe do some more reading, and come back to me. You are interested in restrictions to social media in the UAE, but we need to think about risks involved with these sorts of questions something to reflect on carefully. You agreed to come up with a shortlist of research questions and/or specific social media to use as cases, and start to narrow down the study, while also thinking about methods for the area of interest. The social media applications that I would focus on would be Instagram, snapchat and twitter. The questions that I want to answer are two different questions which are – internet censorship in the UAE/ Freedom of the internet – is the limits on social media time experienced by young people (that is, people aged (18-21) in the UAE significantly different from the perceived reasons for restrictions on social media time experienced by young people in the United States?