Coursework 2: Option 1: 2000-word Qualitative Analysis

Coursework 2: Option 1: 2000-word Qualitative Analysis
In the second coursework, you are asked to write a brief research report using NVIVO
software and the techniques that we have learned in class in order to COMPARE:
Trump’s 2018 State of the Union Speech; Juncker’s 2018 State of the Union Address;
AND Xi’s Speech at the 2018 National People’s Congress
To this end please follow the steps and outline below:
1. Define your research question. This can be (but doesn’t have to be) related
to one of the exercises that we have done in class. Example: How do Trump,
Juncker and Xi use political concepts like “power”, “rights” and “market” to
advocate actual political changes? What area of policy making has been
identified by the political elite as key to making changes today and why?
Provide a brief background to the study and say why the question is interesting
/ significant.
2. Identify existing theory/ies: Think about what factors may be important for
answering your research question and why they may be important. Which
theoretical models can/cannot explain the phenomenon you are interested in?
You will need to do a brief literature review to flesh out your ideas with the
relevant literature.
3. Derive a proposition based on your theory that links your cause (independent
variable) X to your outcome (dependent variable) Y – and think about how to
best to measure these two concepts in a qualitative context.
Example: Perhaps these speeches differ in their understanding and description
of “power”. Provide a brief discussion of why you think “power” per se is an
important concept to analysing elite speeches as these, and what factors may
influence how we can make sense of elite conceptions of power e.g. tone
adopted; policy areas focussed on; actors engaged with, etc.; and discuss how
you are going to measure these variables in your analysis.
4. Analysis and presentation of results: Show the reader how your
concepts/variables differ/align across these speeches and evaluate your
results. Make sure you use the appropriate technique from NVIVO.
5. MAKE SURE to Interpret your results. Are there any identifiable patterns?
Do the results support or contradict your proposition/ existing literature and
other policy sources? What can you infer from your analysis in relation to your
main concept and elite approaches broadly speaking?
The submitted version of the coursework should include the following:
• Title: Underscoring the key issue addressed in the report
• Executive Summary (max. 300 words): Identifying the purpose, argument and the
scope of the report
• Structure of Report:
o Clear and concise introduction and conclusion, underlining the rationale for
selecting the data addressed in the report, and summarising the academic
and policy context in which the data emerged.
o Clarify the key arguments emerging from the analysis of the data.
o The introduction should also include the rationale for why this issue is of
interest (student/politicians/ academics, etc.) and set out a clear structure
for the report to follow.
o Main body: developing an analysis of the data – on its own right and
further and in the light of broader trends in other research projects,
relevant literature and policy area.
• Personal Reflection (100 words): addressing the key similarities, differences and
challenges on writing a research report compared to an academic essay (maybe
written in the first person (e.g. I found).
• Broadly, the report should
o Be related to relevant academic and policy sources, databases,
documents, and research papers.
o Include clear research analysis developed by the student and recognise
what potential criticisms may be applied to the resulting argument by
prospective and future researchers.
o Be specific and accurate in its use of additional information and sources,
and the references it makes to the relevant research and policy sources.
o Be well written and must correspond to the word count.
Consistent referencing in the text and a concise bibliography at the end, following the
guidelines of APA 6th ed.