Research Design – Pols 308
5 December 2018
THE VENEZUELAN CRISIS
RESEARCH TOPIC: How has the shift in power affected the Venezuelan people?
Although the majority of the Venezuelan population voted for a change in power, there
have been many negative consequences for a major portion of the population; therefore,
something must be done for the population that is being denied access to medication, suffering
from inflation of every day needs, and wrongfully imprisoned.
Recently Elected President
The life before the change in power of Venezuela
Lack of Checks and Balances
Denial of medication
Strict limitations on who gets medication and how much they receive.
Inflation of everyday needs
Shifts in prices
A research design is a plan; it is a well-researched and coherent proposal to investigate social
and/or spatial phenomena. In this assignment capping off the course, you will submit a full
research proposal (approximately 10-15 pages of text [excluding title page, references,
appendices with questionnaires, maps, etc.]). In this proposal, you will demonstrate your
research design skills by incorporating into your proposal the principles and methods addressed
in your readings and lecture notes. Simply put, apply what you have learned.
Your research design ought to include both the concepts and language you have explored in the
readings and lectures. Your research design must include, but is not necessarily limited to,
sections addressing an introduction to your research topic and its importance; research
questions and/or theoretically derived hypothesis, and explanation of how the proposed
research will add to our existing base of knowledge; literature review; conceptualization and
operationalization of your research questions/hypotheses; proposed data sources and methods
to be employed to collect that data; expected methods to be employed in testing your
hypothesis/addressing your research questions; potential ethical issues involved in your
research; and references. Note that the actual collection of data, testing of the
hypothesis/answering the research questions, summary of findings, and written conclusions
will not be completed in this class.
Please note that this is a formal paper and as such the writing and citation system must be
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