Sent in my application for MA thesis & advisor

  • NickoftheNort...

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    Nov 23, 2009 10:51 PM GMT
    So, I've now sent in my application for Political Science Master's thesis and advisor. My topic description is as follows:

    NickoftheNorth's topic descriptionThe purpose of this thesis is to consider the current playing fields within the United States of America with regard to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights (right to equal marriage, protection against employment discrimination, protection against hate crimes, and more). The main question is: how can pro-LGBT groups and individuals in the United States achieve full equal rights, given the popular form the struggle is currently taking on? It will look at both the build-up to the current status of LGBT rights at the municipal, state, and federal levels and the current struggles fought for and against such rights; following that, the paper will present strategic considerations in the current and future struggles for LGBT rights.
    In terms of the theoretical discussion, the paper will discuss historical factors in the US (briefly). values and opinion-development and -change specifically related to LGBT persons in the US, text and legal analysis of bills and amendments related to LGBT rights, the range of methods than can and should be used, and the intentional limitations of the project (focusing on the United States) and how they affect the overall generalizability of the research and its recommendations. The paper will use bounded rationality as its lens for interpreting the choices and reasons given or suggested for voter and political officeholder behavior.
    In terms of empirical data, the paper will include the aforementioned bills and amendments, opinion polls, political speeches, party platforms, and values surveys, if available. If possible, interviews would be useful, particularly concerning the ways LGBT rights legislation is easily compromised or put on-hold for other, more general goals.
    The goal of the paper is to lay the foundation for nation-wide campaign strategy or, at least, contribute to one.


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    Nov 24, 2009 2:25 AM GMT
    NickoftheNorth saidSo, I've now sent in my application for Political Science Master's thesis and advisor. My topic description is as follows:

    NickoftheNorth's topic descriptionThe purpose of this thesis is to consider the current playing fields within the United States of America with regard to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights (right to equal marriage, protection against employment discrimination, protection against hate crimes, and more). The main question is: how can pro-LGBT groups and individuals in the United States achieve full equal rights, given the popular form the struggle is currently taking on? It will look at both the build-up to the current status of LGBT rights at the municipal, state, and federal levels and the current struggles fought for and against such rights; following that, the paper will present strategic considerations in the current and future struggles for LGBT rights.
    In terms of the theoretical discussion, the paper will discuss historical factors in the US (briefly). values and opinion-development and -change specifically related to LGBT persons in the US, text and legal analysis of bills and amendments related to LGBT rights, the range of methods than can and should be used, and the intentional limitations of the project (focusing on the United States) and how they affect the overall generalizability of the research and its recommendations. The paper will use bounded rationality as its lens for interpreting the choices and reasons given or suggested for voter and political officeholder behavior.
    In terms of empirical data, the paper will include the aforementioned bills and amendments, opinion polls, political speeches, party platforms, and values surveys, if available. If possible, interviews would be useful, particularly concerning the ways LGBT rights legislation is easily compromised or put on-hold for other, more general goals.
    The goal of the paper is to lay the foundation for nation-wide campaign strategy or, at least, contribute to one.


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    Congratulations are in order. I wish you well and hope the process of producing the thesis is not too painful.
  • jrs1

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    Nov 24, 2009 2:42 AM GMT

    Yeah. Same here. Good luck and I wish you the best on your defense. Not sure if I am going to do the same.
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    Nov 24, 2009 2:46 AM GMT
    Wow. That sounds pretty interesting. Feel free to use your citizenship to come do on-site research icon_lol.gif We need all the gay brains we can get over here icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 24, 2009 5:08 AM GMT
    Nick of the NorthI'm just happy I've got a topic I actually give a damn about


    Oh, don't worry. You will hate the topic after six months. By the time you finish, you will never want to think about it again.
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    Nov 24, 2009 5:59 AM GMT
    ObsceneWish said
    Nick of the NorthI'm just happy I've got a topic I actually give a damn about


    Oh, don't worry. You will hate the topic after six months. By the time you finish, you will never want to think about it again.


    Still, better to start with a topic you're passionate about than one in which your interest is purely academic. For the record, I was able to start contemplating my two thesis topics again approximately two years after I finished them. icon_wink.gif

    Good luck, and let us know how it goes!
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Nov 24, 2009 6:59 AM GMT
    ObsceneWish said
    Nick of the NorthI'm just happy I've got a topic I actually give a damn about


    Oh, don't worry. You will hate the topic after six months. By the time you finish, you will never want to think about it again.

    Ah, but I can use that hate for a motivational mind game for myself: I would never have had to work on this topic if it hadn't been for the jackasses that have poured the haterade on us throughout history, and performing a best possible (and fruitful) effort will be the best "fuck you!" I can serve back at them.