Short Paper: Field Research

Short Paper: Field Research

Field research, one form of research used in political science, is also referred to as observational research. It is mostly used whenever a specific population (individuals or groups) is better understood within its natural setting. For this short paper, synthesize a situation in which you have conducted field research without knowing it. What was the context? How did you proceed? An example of such impromptu field research would be as follows: You are walking the streets of Paris on a spring afternoon when you encounter a protest. You engage the protesters to understand the motivations and expectations behind the protest. Describe what you learned from the situation. How could you have approached the situation differently? Looking back on the situation, would you change anything? Why or why not? The paper must be 3–4 pages in length (not including the title or reference pages) and formatted according to APA style. For additional details, please refer to the Short Paper Rubric document in the Assignment Guidelines and Rubrics section of the course.