Students were required to submit short, weekly papers responding to the assigned readings for the week. In addition, two longer papers were also required for the course. More details about these papers appear below.
These essays should try to engage a number of the week's readings, by, for example, doing one or more of the following:
More generally, these papers should contain an argument, not a summary or description of the readings. These papers should be distributed to instructors and class participants by 4:00 pm two days before the scheduled class meeting. I will comment on them and return them at the end of the class session. These essays will serve as the starting point for our discussion.
A short critique of media polls is due during Week 4.
Examples of media polls include those conducted by:
A longer paper is due on the last scheduled day of class during Week 13. This paper should review and interpret relevant literature and/or propose a research project.