Guidelines for the preparation of the Women’s Studies M.A. thesis proposal

The following is the format for students and supervisors in their preparation of the thesis proposal for the Master’s Program in Women’s Studies. Remember that the length of the proposal is generally 20-25 double-spaced and typed pages.

  1. The topic/the problem: Briefly present the topic of your proposed research. Describe the current state of the literature on the topic and the main points or issues it raises. Specify the research problem that your research wants to address (gap in our knowledge, weaknesses in current understanding(s) of the topic, etc.).
  2. Objective(s), Question(s), Thesis/Argument, and Relevance: State the main or general objective(s) of your research and formulate the more specific research question(s) your research attempts to answer. Specify your thesis/working argument. Comment on the scope and relevance of your proposed research to scholarship in Women’s Studies (and any other possible applications of your work).
  3. Theoretical framework: Articulate the theoretical framework -- theoretical traditions, debates, propositions, and/or key concepts from feminist scholarship, as well as from other scholarship(s) when appropriate -- that will enable you to examine your topic and will help you work towards answering your research question(s).
  4. Methodological framework: Present the methodological strategy (approach, method(s), type(s) and sources of information sought, spatial and temporal scope of your research) you plan to use to answer your research question(s) and meet your research objectives). Address any general methodological concerns raised in feminist scholarship that are of particular relevance to your research (for instance: issues of access/availability, ethical issues, power issues, risks of othering, etc.)
  5. Provide a provisional outline of the organization of the thesis: Chapter titles and brief overview of the proposed contents.
  6. Research timetable of the thesis: It should include all the necessary steps of your research process (from ethics approval to data collection to chapter writing and completing the thesis).
  7. Bibliography: Include a bibliography of all the sources cited in the proposal.
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