Second, give some thought to the kind of analysis you’re doing.
“Organizing African Unity: a Pan-African Project.” By: Kathryn Hana Cragg, Class of 2008.
Thesis: “This paper examines the history of continental cooperation, focusing on a comparative analysis of the OAU and the AU.
Think about it as somewhat equivalent to the biological levels of organization of living things: A collection of cells is a tissue. The following are some examples of theses organizations, represented by central arguments and table of contents: “Stemming the Nuclear Tide: Coercive Diplomacy and US Nonproliferation Efforts, 1964-Present.” By: Nicholas Le Suer Miller, Class of 2009.
Thesis: “By examining the universe of cases since the Chinese test where the U. has made an effort to halt a state’s nuclear weapons program, and analyzing these cases within the broader theory of coercive diplomacy, this work seeks to explain why the U. has succeeded in certain non-proliferation efforts and failed in others.” (p.
It is worth noting that many qualifications goes into his discussion, explaining just about every major choice he makes with respect to his model.
This work also has the added complication of being a predominantly quantitative analysis.
The function of a research design is to ensure that the evidence obtained enables you to effectively address the research problem logically and as unambiguously as possible.
In social sciences research, obtaining information relevant to the research problem generally entails specifying the type of evidence needed to test a theory, to evaluate a program, or to accurately describe and assess meaning related to an observable phenomenon.
Third, a chapter should capture and put forward one complete overarching component of your argument, as each section within the chapter covers a smaller potion of that overaching component. The composition of an argument – especially when we think of it in terms of an extended written arugment – very much echo these biological levels of organization.
It’s more or less a follow-through on the basic idea of arguments, in that each argument can be broken down into smaller pieces which are integral or concretely supportive of the whole. When considering how the table of contents of your thesis is going to look like, perhaps think of it this way.