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Castellano PDF CHANGING AMERICA: THE IMPACT OF IMMIGRATION ON WELFARE ATTITUDES AND WELFARE REFORM, Jason E.The dissertation is a substantial work of original scholarship usually ranging in length from 200 to 450 double-spaced pages. The Prospectus Before commencing work on the dissertation, the Department requires you to write and defend a dissertation proposal, known as the prospectus. Further information pertaining to the prospectus will be disseminated in the prospectus writing seminar (POLS2050 and POLS2051). Selection of the Dissertation Committee Before beginning work on the prospectus, you should select a principal dissertation advisor to chair your committee.The format of a typical oral defense is as follows: (1) introductory remarks by the principal advisor; (2) a brief overview of the proposed thesis project by you; (3) questions from the dissertation committee members; (4) questions from the general public, time permitting.The student will make a 10-15 minute presentation of the prospectus and then will be asked questions by any faculty members first and, time permitting, fellow graduate students in the room.The prospectus is not a legal contract, but a proposal.It is a beginning, the first step in a long journey.In extraordinary circumstances, the defense may proceed with two examination committee members.
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The prospectus is typically 10-20 pages in length; indeed, the shorter the better, since it is then more easily converted into a formal proposal for external funding.
The purpose of the prospectus is to pose a precise question, to set the proposed dissertation topic in an appropriate theoretical context, to allude to the relevant literature, and to describe the proposed research methods.