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Research Paper or Creative Project (300 pts)

Students examine a specific research topic or develop a creative project that is of interest to the student and integrally connected to the themes and issues explored in this course.

DUE: December 7 (Ignite)

DUE: December 14  (posted to your website)

Purpose:  In the context of graduate education in media studies, we write papers or develop multimedia projects to advance and deepen our understanding of a topic, issue or set of ideas that we want to explore in detail. Think about what you have learned in this course so far and select a topic where you can advance your expertise on a topic of interest to you and synthesize the knowledge and competencies you’ve activated in the course. You are free to select any subject matter, but make sure it has substantial relevance to the themes and issues explored in the course.

OPTION A. Academic Research Paper. If you choose to write a research paper, you’ll select readings and gather information to acquire expertise on the topic to write a scholarly paper (15 – 20 pages) describing what you’ve learned, connecting your focus topic to issues explored in the course. With approval, you may present your work in alternative multimedia formats.

OPTION B. Creative Project. You develop a creative project to address some of the themes explored during this course. If you choose to develop a multimedia creative project, you’ll submit the creative project along with a production notebook where you describe your work and reflect on it in the context of issues explored in the class.

OPTION C. Research Apprenticeship Advanced Work. You continue to develop the research apprenticeship project by developing related content and advancing ideas developed into a scholarly paper (15 – 20 pages) connecting your focus topic to issues explored in the course. With approval, you may present your work in alternative multimedia formats.However, this is an individual assignment, not a group project.

OPTION D. Community Outreach Project. You develop, implement and assess a modest civic or educational initiative related to the themes of the course. If you choose to develop a community outreach project, you’ll submit detailed planning documents along with a a report documenting the implementation of the program. You must include some  evaluation or feedback data from participants and your report  should describe how your work connects to the context of issues explored in the class.

IGNITE PERFORMANCE: In class on December 7, all students will make a pecha kucha presentation of your work to the class. The structure is 20 slides, 20 seconds each slide, for a short  6.6 minute speech. Here’s a pechakucha-template to use in constructing your presentation. Learn more about the design and form of a pecha kucha here. EXAMPLE. A digital screencast IGNITE presentation on subversion in children’s literature. 

Criteria for Evaluation

1. The completed work meets the specifications of the assignment and represents substantial effort and imagination on the part of the learner.

2. The completed work makes some connections between new information and ideas and some of the readings, discussions and activities of the course.

3. The completed works are professionally executed as appropriate for graduate level work.

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