“a draft chapter of around 5000 words, 20 plus pages, (or other relevant writing sample relating to the research as agreed with supervisor(s)). A draft chapter might provide a review of the relevant background literature, methodology, etc. The nature of the writing sample should be agreed with the supervisor(s).”
To specify this writing sample as agreed in the supervisory meeting on June 15, 2016:
The writing sample should be a literature review that contains clarification of the following points that are central to the planned dissertation:
- Refined / reformulated research questions that are clearly tied into the literature, addressing specific existing research gaps. The goal is to show the committee how the research questions follow from the literature.
- Methodologies / specific versions of Discourse Completion Tasks.
This includes the development of some draft contexts or scenarios and questionnaire scenarios and a Likert scale (from easy to refuse to hard / impossible) for the domains in question (see below). These will be utilized later with the actual participant interviews and data collection process. We would like to see 5 sample Discourse Completion Tasks.
- Factors/ independent variables/ domains to be addressed in the study: e.g., gender (m/f), public versus private settings, family versus non-family, social power (senior to junior in status), culture (British/Saudi), plus any other cultural and social variables that you’re aware of that can affecting Saudi refusal discourse practices and strategies. Along with this we would like you to develop aspects of the general idea of REFUSAL that will be covered / addressed in the study: easy / difficult to refuse, etc. Your cultural knowledge will be key in developing this section.
In addition to the writing sample, the committee will want to see a Table of Contents (ideally annotated to provide some elaboration) that sketches the planned chapters and sections (and possibly subsections), demonstrating the scope of issues that will be addressed and covered in the dissertation.