Final Project

The Final Project is your opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the material presented in this course and to apply hat you have learned in a real-world context. It consists of two parts: a minimum ten-page research proposal that presents an anthropological and/or sociological approach to problem-based international development and an accompanying digital infographic describing the problem and the project.  The ten-page paper should be in 12 point, Times New Roman Font, double-spaced with one-inch margins. It will be graded according to: 1.) grammar, structure and writing style, 2.) use of material (terms & concepts) presented in the course, 3.) content  and 4.) formatting and use of academic references.

Citations: Must have in-text referencing and at least three of five sources must be scholarly sources – Wikipedia is NOT scholarly. For useful tips about writing, research and scholarly citations, visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab known as Purdue Owl. For formatting your bibliography, visit: You may use any style, as long as it is consistent throughout your paper. Please note that a cover page and/or reference page do not count toward the ten-page minimum. It is best to familiarize yourself and use the citation style that is recognized in your discipline. Failure to include citations or terms and concepts from the course will result in an automatic ‘0’. Below is a generic outline for you to follow. If you prefer to submit an actual grant proposal to fund a real project, see the directions posted below.

Project Proposal Elements

  • Executive Summary: 200 word synopsis that describes the problem and the goals of the proposed project (Write this last.)
  • Project & Problem Description: Describe the project and the problem that your project will address. Provide concrete and current data (statistics, etc.) to define and describe the problem. What are the specific needs or changes that need to happen and how will the proposed project help meet those needs? How will your strategy will go beyond the symptom (ie famine) and address the underlying issues unique to that area (ie planting cotton instead of food crops). What is your theoretical approach (ie market-based a’la Hayek & Smith, government-based a’la Keynes & Polanyi, etc) and why it is appropriate? Use information collected in the Background assignment to show how your strategy will addresses the unique social and historical circumstances that are relevant to your site. Use information presented in class and in the readings to support your argument for this project.
  • Goals & Objectives with Measurable Outcomes: Provide at least three goals or objectives for your project and a means to measure success. ‘Measurable Outcomes’ refers to specific metrics or numbers that define what you want to achieve; ie ‘at least 20 new entrepreneurs,’ ‘provide training to at least 15 new midwives,’ ‘establish seven community gardens,; etc. Be specific and descriptive.
  • Implementation: Workplan, Resources & Timeline: How will you carry this out? Describe the time frame for each task, who will carry out the task? What are the milestones for each activity?
  • Broader Impacts: Expected Outcomes & Intended Beneficiaries: What are the larger benefits of the project beyond what takes place at the selected site? For example, will it provide a model that can be copied and adapted elsewhere? A project benefiting women will also benefit their sons and daughters. etc. Clarify how your project will consider social inequalities in your locale in order to ensure an equitable distribution of the benefits of development project.
  • Outreach & Dissemination of Results: How will you share the progress and results of this project? What agencies and organizations will you partner with?
  • Budget & Justification: Provide an outline of the program expenses and justify each expense.

Proposal Resources:

If you are interested in submitting an actual proposal to fund a project or research abroad, you can substitute that proposal for the one described above with prior approval. You must send an email that describes the agency/organization you are submitting to, a description of their project requirements, and include a link to the grant agency’s proposal page before the final deadline of the second module (Local Contexts).  Below are some recommended opportunities:


The infographic is a visual representation of your project. It should depict your selected problem, the location of the problem and how your project offers solutions to that problem. This is the creative component of your final project, and you should develop it after you have finished your proposal. The content and design of your infographic is up to you. It must ‘stand alone’, meaning that the viewer should be able to understand it without your presence to explain or supplement the information. Students are free to select the software program that they are most familiar with (Powerpoint, Word, Adobe, Prezi) to create the infographic, but it must be saved as a .jpg image.  As noted in the syllabus, infographics may be included on this course website unless otherwise notified in writing before the assignment deadline. If you would like to create a different digital representation of the visual component of your project (such as a webpage, blog, etc.), you must send an email that describes your proposed alternative before the final deadline of the second module (Local Contexts).  Infographics will be graded according to: 1.) grammar, organization and writing style, 2.) use of material presented in the course, 3.) content, 4.) use of academic references, and 5.) design and aesthetics. Note that all images, charts and graphs must have references; ‘Google Images’ is not a proper reference.

Resources to create an infographic:



Final projects must be turned in via Canvas before the specified due date and time. Late assignments will not be accepted.