Hi Ainslee, One thing to bear in mind, however you select a topic is that you will be expected to combine theoretical reading with empirical research. You can't do much of the latter in the time available and your results are bound to be a bit disappointing. So it is important to pick a topic that will allow you to read some great stuff that you already wanted to. Then the thesis or essay itself can be shaped to reflect the balance of what you have achieved. If the empirical material is thin, you can compensate with a solid theory review. If by some chance you come up with great material, you can chose the emphasis that suits you. But I can tell you, the greatest anxiety you will feel when writing up is that your own research isn't good enough (how could it be?). So make sure you read background material of high quality and that alone will make the exercise worthwhile. Above all, don't pick a topic that hardly anyone has written about, because you will then depend heavily on your own findings and that could be tricky.
Hi all, i've made a lot of progress on what to do my thesis on. I found and awesome book by Rowena Murray called "How to Write a Thesis" and the exercises in it (only on my second) helps you articulate your interests and ideas. So i've narrowed it down to three possible ones and was hoping on some more feedback as to those with more experience thought.
1) Discuss the affect the internet has had on culture, be it memes, internet speak infiltrating "normal" life, relationships and friendship development and the sub-cultures that have been created as a result of the internet.
2) Since i wrote last time, i've found myself in hospital and have noticed that being in hospital as a young adult is quite adifferent experience to that of a child. Not old enough to be treated like a geriatric (like most of them are here, i seem to be the youngest) and too old to be treated like a child. I've had some things said to me that were inappropriate assumptions solely because I'm in a wheelchair, so am thinking that services to my age group seem to be lacking. As if people my age who are in hospital are morons, not just sick. I'm also interested in the inadequate health services available to those from multicultural backgrounds. An assignment I did last year found that people from other backgrounds did not access services due to fear of not being treated culturally appropriately.
3) the third idea i have is about overcoming poverty, and that there should be guidelines in place for all people involved in the process to ensure that solutions are sustainable and not just a one size fits all approach.
What do others think? The second one interests me, but i've never been one to make my disability a part of my life, so i'm a bit wary at this stage. Interested in ideas, cheers, Ainslee