A more innovative project (i.e., working in an actual campaign, writing
& filming a political spot, or whatever) than a standard research
project could better fit your needs. Projects other than written papers
will be considered. You may find a preliminary/informal visit about
your topic thoughts of use. Most projects will, appropriately, be Research in a more traditional sense, .
This is a
research project not a normal term paper. Thus you would want
a "review of literature" section (argument for why your research matters) but also method (systematic way you access) , results (data presentation or critical anlysis), & discussion
secton (So what, how research question is answered, some speculation of why/how etc. Published artilces you find in doing your literrature review, can serve a model for how a paper can be organized. How long the paper should be is a standard question, albeit the "wrong" question. It should be as long as necessary. Journals and coventions don't like more that 20 pages.
To find an appropriate project you may want to peruse the texts and
appropriate journals. Avoid settling too early on a topic or looking
only at topics were have covered in class at that point. Allow your
natural curiosity about events or items you have observed in politics
lead you to an appropriate research question. Remember to narrow,
narrow, narrow, the focus of your research question. Also reference
the collection of bibliographies at this web site. The one titled Misc. may prove particularly
interesting, if for no other reason than to see the variety of ideas
which are possible. If you have no idea, just pursuing the bibs should
help generate ideas. Also there are amazing materials available on web
sites. I really do not want to talk to anyone about their
project if they have not consulted the bibliographies on reserve. Bib
on homepage, just backup and follow the bibs section.
Usually you will include a (1) review of literature (what is known, what is the argument for worth of doing your research (2) what is your research question(s) hypothesis, (3) what materials do you examine and what is the mehod to do so (4) wha did you find - results - (5) So what conclusions, answer research question, implications. Basically your paper will look much like the journals articles you read in preparation for the project.
For a review of
picking a topic see Research Project Power