Final Project

Final Paper/Project Requirements: Spring 2017


PROPOSALS: Please write a short three to five sentence proposal for your final paper/project that addresses one of the theories or topics explored in class. The research topic of the paper/project is up to the student but it should include well-chosen examples to illustrate or explicate the theory or topic under examination. You must include the working title and research topic of your paper/project as well as a brief explanation of the specific theoretical approach (or theorist) that you will be examining. If you are interested in doing a project, you must also describe what a viewer will see and hear as they watch.

Please post your proposal as a comment to this blog post no later than Tuesday April 4, 2017 at 5PM. If you are doing a project and it is a group project, all members must be listed in the proposal.

FINAL PAPER: Papers must be 8-10 pages in length (12 pt. Times New Roman font) + works cited page (which does not contribute to page count). Papers must adhere to MLA style. Failure to follow the conventions of scholarly writing will result in an automatic half grade reduction. Please review the policies on late papers and issues of academic integrity as specified on the course syllabus.

Strive for a coherent argument based on evidence derived from books, articles, films, television programs, new media, and course material (discussions and lectures). Be sure to highlight the theory that you are using in your paper so as to draw clear links between theory and evidence for your argument. You must include a list of works cited. Papers must be double spaced with author, title, and course listed clearly on the first page. Pagination of your paper is required. Follow MLA style.

FINAL PROJECT: Project formats must be approved by the instructor (videos or comics are preferred mediums for the instructor). Projects should be of sufficient scale that it replicates the amount of work and effort that would go into producing an 8-10 page research paper (see me if needed for more explanation of this point). Projects must be posted to YouTube, Vimeo, or Google Drive. The URL of the project should be included with the write up described below (and as a link within the body of the email). Projects may be documentary, animation, experimental, narrative, and such, but they must be based on original research.

In addition, students who submit projects as their final are required to also submit a 3 page (12 pt. Times or Helvetica font) explanation and analysis of their project. The write up must situate the project in relation to ideas and media that we have discussed throughout the semester.

FINAL PRESENTATIONS: Each student will present a short summation of their paper on May 16, 2017. Presentations will be no longer than 10 minutes including time for a very short question and answer session with classmates. Your presentation is the oral and/or visual aspect of your final paper. The bottom line is that you must provide your audience with what they need to know to understand your research. Images and clips included in your presentation should be short and selected for maximum impact. You will be randomly given a time slot in which to present, but it will be on the date listed above.

Due date/Time for final papers and projects:

Submitted via email ( as a PDF attachment [labeled with “yourlastname.pdf”] no later than May 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM (pacific daylight time).


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Final Project Write Up and Submission

Here are the instructions for submitting the final project and the accompanying write up:

By 6:10 PM on Wednesday May 21, 2014, please email me a link to your project (or if its not too large a file, the actual project) and a pdf of your final project write up. The write up should follow MLA style conventions and should be labeled “yourlastname.pdf” (not “final project.pdf” or “yourfirstname.pdf” or “comm163v.pdf”). The write up should be 3 pages in length (double spaced) and should explain how your project relates to what was covered in class (check the syllabus and the blog for reminders if that has slipped your mind – objects, things, systems, etc.). In essence, it is a critical interpretation of your project using ideas developed during the class.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Final Project Proposal

Please post a 3 to 5 sentence project proposal as a comment to this post below. Be sure to include: a topic that will be the focus of your project, the form your project will take (game, video, ice sculpture), and a narrative of how to you plan to address your topic through the project (as a story, or documentary, or game, or philosophical treatise). If you are working with a partner, then be sure to include their name(s) on the proposal and explain the division of labor (remember your reading of Adam Smith in seminar). Also, come up with a provisional title for your project.