I get to spend the semester working on a research paper and presentation on any topic of my choosing (still doing other classes, too). If you were given this assignment, do you know what you would do?
In 9th grade I got to write a research paper on any person of my choosing, and I picked Louis Armstrong. You know, since I played trumpet quite seriously in high school and am half New Orleanean. My teacher loved it so much that she asked for a copy
... to use as a model for her future classes! :D
My two favorite presentations were on sharks and supervolcanoes.
Something in the accounting or finance fields
The impact of SOH on society
Domestic violence and the impacts of emotional v physical abuse.
Anything in sports. My senior year of college, I wrote a 15 page paper on social media and the NFL. I would probably choose the economics of sports, both for the town and surrounding businesses.
That sounds really interesting!
The impact of US federal gov't policy versus the impact of industry/technological advances on US petroleum production.
That's one of those dreadful, long, always hanging over head assignments. There's plenty of good things to go with, though.
My teacher has the whole semester pretty structured, what we're supposed to turn in when, that sort of thing. Or else it would be long and terrible, yes!
The economics of providing clean water to central Africa.
Anything political. Give me a subject.
Modern American, world, or historical?
Modern America, American history, American politics, world history, French, German, or British politics.
Bean - for anything or major/class specific?
Nope. I don't know what I want to major in at college yet, and the prompt is very open. I'm thinking about doing something Econ-related - either about emergent order (like in free markets) or about the USSR.
I'd probably go with something social psych - look at how viewpoints have changed on some topic (love, marriage, LGBT would be interesting, interpersonal relationships, female equality) you get the idea. Design a survey or find research and replicate
Easier to set up, do background info, execute via the psych dept, write, etc. IMHO.
Did a paper in MBA school on emerging economies and the importance of organized crime. Interesting but a bitch to pull off.
I have two assignments like this for my classes! One is on theoretical ideas about the origin of the Chinese state in the Erlitou period and the other is probably going to be on contact between China and Iran/Iraq over time.
Pretty much, especially East Asian and Middle Eastern archaeology.
Probably either something to do with linguistics or sociopathy, as those are two things I've done a lot of research into lately. Do you know what you're doing?
Or... And this is weird... Côte d'Ivoire's history fascinates me. Not sure if I could be successful with that topic though.
I wouldn't even know how to pronounce that! What is it?
It's a small country in West Africa. The name translates to "Ivory Coast". here's a link: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivory_Coast
Ohhh I've heard of that. Any personal connection to it, or just random interest?