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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 2/3, 2/10, and 2/17 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 Sunday 3/3 at 11:59pm.
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 Sunday 3/17 at 11:59pm.
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 3/31 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).

Presentation: Preliminary research. (8min with 2min for questions.
4/10, 4/11, 4/17.
Once you have finished your project proposal, you'll be ready to start preliminary research. You don't need to do a complete, finished research project, but you should be delving far enough into your analysis to begin to see trends emerging, trends from which you can start to propose theory.
Your presentation should briefly define your object,literature, and theory. Most of your presentation time sould focus on your preliminary research, emerging trends, and the beginnings of the theory you'd be making from this research.
I expect your presentation to be organized and rehearsed: going over your alloted time or not getting to discuss your research findings will count against you.

Assignment 7: Outline with preliminary research. (~1500-2500 words)
Due Sunday 4/21 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.

Discussion lead

Onc during the semester you will be assigned to lead a discussion in which you wll find a scholarly article and apply its theories and concepts to a new 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.

• 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 at 6pm of your presentation week, and i'll send the citation on to the class.
• Students will be expected to have read your article by Wednesday of your presentation week.
• Your presentation should be organized and rehearsed. If you go over time, don't "get to" a section, or aren't concise enough, it'll count against you.

Your discussion leadership will have three parts:
• Introduce the article, its thesis, theories, methods, and object of analysis (as much as is relevant to your analysis).
• Present to us an object of analysis.
• Bring your object of analysis into conversation with the ideas from the article.
• Propose 1-2 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:

Thursday, 1/24.
· Josie Pettigrew
· Loulya Boukhaled

Thursday, 1/31.
· Nicole Lacasse
· Johnny Rasch
· Becka Powell

Thursday, 2/7.
· Hannah Osofsky
· AJ Martin

Thursday, 2/14.
· Josie Wiltse
· Olive Adegbile
· Johnny Manousaridis

Thursday, 2/28.
· Olivia Abele
· Surina Gupta

Thursday, 3/14.
· Nicole Yuen Yan Leung
· Kylie Ponce
· Jamie Martin

Thursday, 3/21.
· Anthony Msallem
· Sydney Maloney
· Manisha Sinha

Thursday, 3/28.
· Michelle Liu
· Anna Tobin