Interactive Table of Contents
ECON 321 Research Project, Step 1 1
Question 1 (Regular) 2
Question 2 (Regular) 4
Question 3 (Challenge) 5
Topic Starter Kits 6
The Bait Act(s) of the 1880s (Newfoundland) 6
Steamboats and the Fur Trade (Fur Trade) 8
“Greater Production” and the Blood Reserve (Indigenous Agriculture & Ranching) 9
Head taxes & Chinese in Victoria (Chinese Immigration) 10
A Canadian sugar cartel 12
Prairie farmers and the elevator monopoly (Wheat) 13
How World War I changed Women’s Work in Canada (Women & Paid Work) 14
Question 1 (Regular)
So, what’s this research project about? You’ll be researching the impact of an event of your choice on Canada’s economic history. Your final report will have the form of a narrative, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Very roughly: Beginning: “Once upon a time…” Middle: “And then…” End: “The world changed in this way…” In this first step, you are just choosing a topic and getting started with putting your sources together.
Choose a topic. This can be one of the prepared topics, or one that you choose yourself. If you are choosing one yourself and would like feedback on whether it’s feasible, e-mail me at email@example.com and I’ll be happy to give advice and feedback. The topic should be one that you are interested in or excited about. You’re going to be thinking about this topic for a long time, so it’s best if it’s something that you find meaningful.
Why did you choose this topic? Why is it of interest to you? (As long as you write something relevant and honest, there is no wrong answer to this question, but communicating well in this section can contribute to a high communication mark.)
What population will you be looking at? In what time period? (For example, looking at the cod fishery in Newfoundland from 1800 to 1900 is very different than looking at the cod fishery in Quebec from 1920 to 1940.) The topic ‘kits’ include suggestions for population and time period.
Why did you choose this population and time period? Why are they of interest to you, and suitable to your chosen topic? (As long as you write something relevant and honest, there is no wrong answer to this question, but communicating well in this section can contribute to a high communication mark.)
Question 2 (Regular)
Let’s start researching your topic. Write down citations in APA style for three (or more) books or articles that are relevant to your topic, and briefly explain why they are relevant. At least one of these needs to be peer-reviewed or professionally published. It will make the challenge question a LOT easier if at least one of these is a peer-reviewed journal article (you don’t want to have to write a 3-2-1 report on a full-length book…).
APA Citation for Source 1:
Why Source 1 is relevant to your topic:
APA Citation for Source 2:
Why Source 2 is relevant to your topic:
APA Citation for Source 3:
Why Source 3 is relevant to your topic:
You may add more papers if you wish.
Question 3 (Challenge)
Write a 3-2-1 report on one of the papers you have chosen, using the same template as for the assignments.
APA citation of paper chosen (so we know which one you’re talking about):[Attach 3-2-1 report as separate file]