Can Japan Catch Up to China in its Investment in Africa?

Can Japan Catch Up to China in its Investment in Africa?

Content Requirements
Introduction
• Begin the paper by identifying your research question.
• Then explain why your question is important.
o Tell the reader why your research had to be conducted and why your paper must be read if the reader is interested in the answer to your important question.
• Offer your thesis – a quick version of your answer to the research question (one or two sentences).
o Your thesis is the argument that you will make in your paper. Presenting your answer to the research question is the reason why you write the paper. You write the paper to convince your reader that your answer is correct. As you write the paper you must provide the reader with evidence you discovered in your research to persuade the reader that your answer is correct. You must anticipate alternative answers to your question and refute them. You must explain why your answer is better.
• Explain your hypothesis/hypotheses

Methods
• Explain how you will test your hypothesis/hypotheses through your case study or studies
• Explain why you chose your particular case(s) and why they are appropriate for answering your research question
• Explain what data you will use and any biases or weaknesses of the data

Case(s)
* Present your evidence so that it supports your thesis (that is the answer to your research question)
• Background of case(s) (actors involved, timing, geographical location, main issue)
• Was your expectation confirmed or not confirmed?
• Are there any other possible explanations for your finding? (There should be at least one other plausible explanation). Explain how confident are you in your finding(s) and why
• Present your evidence so that it supports your thesis (that is the answer to your research question)

Conclusion
• Repeat your main findings and restate your thesis
• Were your hypotheses supported or not?
• If not, why not?
• Suggest future research on your topic
• Do not add new information in the conclusion – all evidence should be in the case(s) section

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