Assignments.
You have three graded assignments in this class:
2 Media journals.
5 Exercises.
Discussion/Presentation.

In your journals, exercise summaries, and discussion/presentation notes should I expect correct in-text and bibliographic citations using MLA citation methods. If you are unsure how to do correct citations in MLA format, please refer to the ‘writing resources’ page on our website.
Failure to properly cite will result in points off.



Journals
Two. Written portion due the Sunday evenings of July 7th and Aug. 18th by 11:59pm.
750-1000 words.


You have two journal assignments, one at the beginning of the class and one at the end. The two journals act as a bookend to your work in the class; you'll begin by analyzing your cultural context through media, and end by examining how your cultural context encounters the unfamiliar contexts.

The journals have two components: the in-class presentation and the written essay. The in-class presentations take place on July 3rd and Aug. 14th.
The written portion of the assignment should be in essay form: 1½ - 2 pages with correct in-text and bibliographic citations, is due the Sunday following each in-class presentation, July 7th and Aug. 18th, respectively.

For the in-class presentation, you should be ready to present and discuss the contents of your journal. This includes having something to show or play for us, citations to concepts from the text, and the analysis you are drawing from the media.

Journal #1. For your first journal, you'll find a media example that you'll argue defines your 'cultural context', your 'territory.'
    ‐ Choose a very specific media example: a scence from a film, a TV episode, a song, a game, etc.
    ‐ When making your argument for your media example, you need to use the language and concepts from the texts we read.
    ‐ Your argument is not just about the 'content' of the media, but about the technology, the context(s) in which you experienced it, and how & why you accessed the media in a particular way.
    ‐ On Wed. July 3rd, you should be prepared to show us your media example (not more than 30sec) and discuss how this media defines your territory, your cultural context, using the concepts from the texts.

Journal #2. For your second journal, you'll cross a cultural boundary to experience a territory that is unfamiliar to you.
    ‐ This is purposely open, but you are strongly encouraged to go somewhere and do something.
    ‐ Focus on how media interacts with your experiences.
    ‐ You must present an analysis of your experience using concepts and language from the texts we read this semester. Again, this is purposefully open, and you can bring in any of the concepts that we discussed.
    ‐ On Wed. Aug. 14th, you should be prepared to present to us on your experience. Media documentation of your experience is strongly encouraged.

● You must include proper MLA citations in your journals, both in-text and bibliographic.




Exercises.
You will have five exercises, each Wednesday during the middle five weeks of the semester. These exercises are similar in structure: you, in-class discussion in a group, a presentation of your findings, and submission of written notes.
All of the exercises have a written portion and an in-class presentation. In order to get full credit for the exercise, you must do the required research before the day of exercise, you must participate fully in the group analysis, and you must contribute to the presentation.
The written portion of the exercise should be a set of organized notes, a very detailed outline that includes each group member's preliminary research, a summary of the discussion, specific quotes from the texts, and the argument being proposed by the group. It must also include correct MLA citations, both in-text and bibliographic.
The written portion is due at 11:59pm the day of the exercise.

Wednesday 7/10
Exercise #1: "Crossing Cultural Boundaries Through Media"
     For this exercise, you'll analyze your reactions, responses, and interpretations of a media text that is "culturally distant" from your experiences.

Before class on Wednesday:
     • Watch, listen, play, or read a media text that is unfamiliar to you. Don't do extensive research into the meaning or interpretation of the texts: just experience it.
     • Take notes on your access to the media. Which technologies did you use to access it?
     • Take detailed notes about your experience of the media. What exactly makes this media "culturally distant" from your experience? What is strange or unfamiliar to you, and what is familiar and recognizable?
     • What form(s) did the media take? How did the form, shape, or structure of the media or your experience of it affect its unfamiliarity?

In class, you'll be put into a group of 2-3 other students. As a group, you'll discuss the notes you took. Using at least one concept from the texts we read, you'll present an analysis of your experiences.



Wednesday 7/17
Exercise #2: "Seeing and Hearing American-Ness"
      For this exercise, you'll be assigned to analyze one of two media texts, either one that depicts "American-ness" from the "inside" or one that depicts "American-ness" from the "outside."
     • As in exercise #1, you'll take detailed notes on the content, form, access, and technology of the media.
     • Be prepared to argue why your chosen media text depicts "American-ness."

In class, you'll be put into a group of 2-3 other students. As a group, you'll discuss the notes you took. Using at least one concept from the texts we read, you'll present an analysis of how American-ness is depicted across your texts.

Wednesday, 7/24
Exercise #3: "Confronting the Other, being the Other"
      For this exercise, you'll analyze two different media texts. The first one is a text that depicts the "Other." The second is a text that depicts you (your cultural context, your territory) as the "Other."
     • As in exercise #1 and 2, you'll take detailed notes on the content, form, access, and technology of the media.

In class, you'll be put into a group of 2-3 other students. As a group, you'll discuss the notes you took. Using at least one concept from the texts we read, you'll present an analysis of how Other-ness is functioning in the texts you examined.


Wednesday, 7/31
Exercise #4: "Encountering National Cinema"
      For this exercise, you'll watch a film from a particular nation. Here, you'll do detailed background research on the funding, regulation, and distribution of the film.
     • Your research should focus on how the film was funded, what regulations was it subject to, how was is distributed, what was its global reach, and what its reception was both in its home nation and outside of it.

In class, you'll be put into a group of 2-3 other students. As a group, you'll discuss your research. As a group, you'll present an analysis of the role the nation plays across the films you looked at.


Wednesday, 8/7
Exercise #5: "'World' Music"
      For this exercise, you'll be assigned a 'World' music record label and a question to answer about the form, content, discourses, or marketing of this record label.
     • Before class, you'll do detailed research on the question and record label you were assigned.

In class, you'll be put into a group of 2-3 other students. As a group, you'll discuss your research and answer your question.





Discussion/Presentation

Once during the semester, you will be present and lead a discussion on a media example of your choice. Your presentation and discussion should be 17-20mins in total.
Your presentation and discussion will have three parts:
• Present us with a media example. This should no longer than 2mins.
• Analyze the media using concepts and theories from the readings for your presentation week. You must be specific and precise.
• Propose three open-ended questions and lead a discussion with the class on those questions

Your grade will depend on how the precision and depth of your analysis, the connection to the texts, and your successful leading of the class in discussion.

You are also required to submit a set of organized, correctly-cited notes on the day of your presentation. Failure to submit will result in points off your grade.

7/11
Discussion/presentation A.
• Nick Mccarthy
• Katrina Kalamar

7/18
Discussion/presentation B.
• Shaquille Walters
• Samantha Michel
• Mariam Al-Angari

7/25
Discussion/presentation C.
• Chris Burkhart
• Alex Pan
• Zhoulin Josie Li

8/1
Discussion/presentation D.
• Neal Cox
• Clarie Pettit
• Alexis Knight

8/8
Discussion/presentation E.
• Lynda Loucif
• Kyle Jurrens
• Christian Kwok