Research Exercise

A written report and an online class presentation accounting for 10% of the grade

Students are expected to select one of the anthropological topics discussed in the text (particularly from the first unit) and research it following the scientific research model. The report should include the following sections, in order:

1. Topic title

Example: Speeding

2. Definition of the problem

Example: Speeding is defined by exceeding 45 mph in town and measured by a radar.

3. Literature Review

At least three sources are expected to be reviewed, including the text. At the end of each paragraph, a source is cited in parentheses.

For example, (Scupin, 2008: Pages 245-249).

                   or (Henslin, 2011: Pages 100-105).

Then, the entire source is written at the end of the report.

For example, Scupin, Raymond. 2008. "Cultural Anthropology." 7th Edition. New York: Pearson.

                   or, Henslin, James. 2011. "Introduction to Sociology." 10th Edition. New York. Pearson.

4. Hypotheses

On the basis of the literature I have reviewed, I have formulated the following hypothesis (singular) or hypotheses (plural).

First, I hypothesize that young males (or elderly females ... etc.) are more likely to be speeding in town than other categories of drivers, in town.

Second, I hypothesize that ...

5. Research method

To research this topic, I have selected (survey, interviews, documents, experiment, participant observation, secondary analysis) as a method of research.

6. Data

To test my hypothesis (hypotheses), I used (one of the methods mentioned above) in collecting data about the topic. Here are the results which I have found. (You can use illustrations to present your data, e.g. tables, graphs, photos, etc.).

7. Data analysis and discussion

In this section, compare your results with the literature review, particularly concerning similarities and differences. Also, compare your results with your hypothesis/hypotheses. Say to what extent the results supported or did not support your hypotheses. Use figures, numbers, and percentages to make your point.

8. Conclusion

Your conclusion should contain a clear restatement of the hypotheses and whether they were supported by the data or not supported, with a short comment.

Length: About four pages with illustrations, photos, videos, power-point presentations, etc.