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1You should write a proposal of your theory-oriented or policy-oriented empirical research In any sort of empirical research your question should be answerable with observable pieces of information Your answer should not be based on your value judgment The following questions are although important unanswerable objectively Will Iraq be a democratic country in five years Should Japan sign a FTA with China What should the government of Singapore do to improve political stability in Southeast Asia 2It is important to understand that you do not need to present evidence or data supporting your answer to your question In other words you do not need to do research in this assignment You only propose to do research namely you present your question and your hypotheticalpossible answer ie your hypothesis to your question 3A research proposal should answer the following five questions ref Van Evera 1 What question do you address 2 Why does it matter 3 What previous literature has been written on your question 4 What hypothesis will you explore 5 How will you test your hypothesis 4The most important requirement in writing your research proposal is that you clearly state your question and hypothesis ie an expected answer to your question Explaining the importance of your research question ie why it matters is equally important 5Explaining the body of existing studies ie what previous literature has been written on your question and your research design ie how to test your hypothesis are important in a real research proposal In this exercise however they are less important than the other requirements 6In doing the literature review you should use the online references and journals to source for information Enter some key words and you should be able to find some relevant articles in journals You may also consult with lecturers or librarians Needless to say you should also use the library to find some relevant books 7In any sort of
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