You will have two different assignments in this class: short written assignments and discussion leading.

The correct submission format for all written assignments submitted is found on the 'class policies' page.

Short written assignments: Creating a research project

You will be using MLA citation style for all of your writing assignments. If you have any questions about MLA format, the Purdue OWL is an excellent resource.

You have seven short written assignments over the course of the semester. These seven assignments are seven building blocks toward creating a successful analytical project in the discpline of media studies. You don't have a final paper in this class; however, you will create the constituent pieces that would lead to a final paper.

These assignments build on each other: they are pieces of the same research project. In other words, you are doing everything you would do to create an analytical paper, you just won't do the actual paper.
If, as your research project moves forward, you decide to make a change, you must return to the beginning, to the object of analysis, and start over, doing all the assignments again.

I strongly suggest that you begin by reading articles from prominent media and cultural studies journals. I've created this list of media and cultural studies journals:

Prominent academic journals in media and cultural studies PDF.

Assignments 1, 2, and 3: Defining an object of analysis. (~500-1000 words)
Due Sunday 10/14, 10/21, and 10/28 at 11:59pm.
Following Chap. 3 in the Stokes text, you'll define your 'object of analysis', the 'what' for your research project. Using the description on pg. 64 of the Stokes book, you'll define specifically what you plan to study, including the perspective you plan to take on it: industry, text, or audience. You'll then propose the 'why' of your research, theorizing why this object is worthy of analysis. Finally, you'll propose 4-5 possible research questions that link the 'why' of your research to the 'what' of your object.
You'll do this assignment three times, proposing a completely different object for each assignment.

Assignment 4: Literature review. (~1000-1500 words)
Due Tuesday 11/6 at 6pm.
For this fourth written assignment, you will do a literature review for your research project.
Your first task will be to choose and identify your object of analysis from the three you've completed. Then, using the section on pg. 66-7 in the Stokes book, you'll create a review of relevant literature for your research project. Your literature should be organized thematically, and should include correct MLA citations. In addition, you should annotate each entry: what does this writing contribute to your analysis? What is its relevance?
Use this as a model: "How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography", Cornell University Library

Assignment 5: Defining the methodology of your research. (~1000-1200 words)
Due Tuesday 11/13 at 6pm.
For your fifth written assignment, you'll define the methodology of your research.
Your first task in this assignment is to state clearly and concisely your research question, based on the object of analysis and literature review you've done. Then, using pg. 60-65 of the Stokes book, you'll define the methods you'll be using to research your question. Your statement of methodology should include relevant literature is that uses and defines the methodology you've chosen. In addition, you must answer the three questions on the bottom of pg. 65 in the Stokes book, giving particular focus to the question of 'why' this method is the best choice for your research question and object of analysis.

Assignment 6: Project proposal. (~2000 words)
Due Sunday 11/25 at 11:59pm.
Using the table on pg. 68 in the Stokes book, you'll create a proposal for your research project.
Your proprosal should synthesize all of the aspects you've covered in the past three written assignments. You will be expected to address the 'indicative list of contents' in the table on pg. 65 (with the exception of #7: you don't need to do a timetable).

Assignment 7: Outline and preliminary research. (~1500-2500 words)
Due Sunday 12/9 at 11:59pm.
For you final written assignment, you will create a detailed outline for your research project paper.
This assignment has two steps. First, using Table 7.1 on pg. 207 of the Stokes book as a model, your detailed outline should encompass the relevant literature, the thesis, methodology, the analysis, and the conclusion of your research project.
Second, you will take a preliminary step into the actual research. This should clearly show what your analysis would be like if you were to continue and complete the paper.
Using this preliminary research, you will construct a 5min presentation on your project, to be presented on 12/4 or 12/6. This presentation should clearly state your object of analysis, theoretical paradigm, methods, relevant literature, and provide a concise and detailed example of your analysis.

Discussion lead

Twice during the semester, you will be assigned to lead a discussion in which you bring the theories and methods we discuss during that week into conversation with an object of analysis.
The purpose of the discussion lead is to give you a chance to apply your critical tools to an analysis of your own.

Twice during the semester you will lead a discussion.
• For the first round, you will choose a concept from the readings for that week and apply that concept to an object of analysis of your choosing. Both the concept and the object of analysis should be appropriately specific.
• For the second round, you will find an article from a scholarly research journal in media and cultural studies (use the PDF above). You will send a citation for the article to me by Monday of your presentation week, and i'll send the PDF to the class. Students will be expected to have read your article by the Thursday of your presentation. You will then apply the argument of your chosen article to a new object of analysis, one not referenced in the article.

Your discussion leadership will have three parts:
• Present to us an object of analysis. This object should be very specific and appropriate to our discussion that week.
• Cite clearly the concepts from the texts you are bringing into the convresation.
• Propose three open-ended questions and lead a discussion with the class on those questions.

Your grade will depend on how specific your object of analysis is, how precisely you use the texts to analyze the object, and how well you lead 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.

Discussion lead assignments:
Round 1

Thursday, 9/13.
· Jasmine
· Vishare
· Liliana
· Harry

Thursday, 9/20.
· Sousou
· Yinan
· Jill
· Josh

Thursday, 9/27.
· Christelle
· Sarah T.
· Lana

Thursday, 10/4.
· Haley
· Alex
· Rachel
· Juan

Thursday, 10/11.
· Rich
· Cheyenne
· Lizzie

Round 2

Thursday, 10/18.
· Sousou
· Yinan
· Liliana
· Harry

Thursday, 10/25.
· Jasmine
· Jill
· Josh

Thursday, 11/1.
· Rich
· Cheyenne

Thursday, 11/8.
· Rachel
· Lana
· Lizzie

Thursday, 11/16.
· Haley
· Sarah T.
· Juan