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IMPORTANT: Your Proposal must be approved (by me) before you can carry out your project.

Your research project in this course will focus how one of the social or behavioral sciences addresses a particular topic related to end of life issues. Completing this proposal is intended to help give you a clear vision of your research project, so that you can carry it out successfully.

Your proposal should include the following 7 elements:

1. A paragraph that describes your topic. What do you plan to address? Why is it important? Be sure to define any key terms. Include citations as appropriate.

2. A paragraph that describes the academic discipline that will set the context for understanding your topic. You can choose any of the disciplines introduced in Week 1 of this course. (If you would like to use another discipline — for example, criminology, please check with me; it’s most likely to be fine.) Explain the general approach of this discipline and include a citation.

3. A paragraph that identifies at least two things you hope to find out in your project.

4. Identify one resource from our course that you plan to include in your project and why it’s relevant.

5. Identify one organization that is relevant to your topic, and include the website URL. Explain why this organization is relevant to your topic.

6. Select and summarize at least two scholarly sources from the UMUC library that you anticipate that you will include in your final project, and explain how you think the article relates to your paper topic. Summarize each of the articles in 2-3 sentences, and in an additional 1-2 sentences explain why each article may be important to your project. Be sure to include citations and to list the full references in your reference list.

7. A complete reference list that includes the full references for all sources cited within your proposal.

Here are some of the references and materials we used so far (this is only week 3 of this class):

Week 1:

READ: Range, L. M. (2015, Jan.). Thanatology. Encyclopedia of Science. Salem Press. Permalink: Note: You may need to copy this link and paste in a new window for it to work.

READ: Moore, C. M., & J. B. Williamson. (2003). The universal fear of death and the cultural response. Handbook of Death and Dying. Bryant and Peck, eds. Salem Press (note: Only need to read the first section of the chapter.) Permalink: Note: You may need to copy this link and paste in a new window for it to work.

WATCH: Braincraft. (2015, Oct. 26). The surprising ways that death shapes our lives. Retrieved from

READ: Vail, K. E., Juhl, J., Arndt, J., Vess, M., Routledge, C., & Rutjen, B. T. (2012, April). When death is good for life: Considering the positive trajectories of terror management. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16(4), 303-329. Retrieved from Please note: You only need to read pages 5-13 of this resource (i.e., the sections on “The impact of conscious thoughts of death” and “The impact of nonconscious thoughts of death”).

Week 2:

READ: Doka, K. J. (n.d.). Death system. Encyclopedia of death and dying.

Death System – rituals, body, funeral, life, time, human

Death system, a concept introduced by Robert Kastenbaum in 1977, is defined as “the interpersonal, sociocultural, and symbolic network through which an …

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