English 126/Marcie Sims
December 16, 2017
Case Questions: Club Med
December 16, 2017

Instructions: Final Exam, Part II
Select a mass mediated text (for example, film, television show, advertisement, video game, song, literary work, magazine, newspaper, internet site, etc.), research it, and write a four-page double-spaced (1,000 word) critical analysis of the text that utilizes any one of the 12 theoretical perspectives explored in class (Marxist, organizational, pragmatic, rhetorical, cultural, psychoanalytic, feminist, queer, reception, sociological, erotic, or ecological analysis).
At a minimum, your essay should include:

  • A one-paragraph introduction in which you:
  • introduce your media text;
  • comment upon its significance as an object of study
  • formulate a clear and concise thesis statement that identifies what your selected mass mediated text is doing, how it is doing it, and why it matters – “So what?”
  • A thoughtful and detailed analysis of your text using relevant principles discussed in class. The goal of this section is to combine theory and astute critical observations effectively. This is the body of your paper and should constitute the largest portion.
  • A critical conclusion in which you briefly reflect on the implications of your analysis. This might include speculating about the role your text plays in political affairs, processes of socialization, or US culture generally.

Grading Rubric: The essay is worth half of the final exam score, or 25% of final grade, and will be graded on a 100 point scale.
It will be assessed on its: organizational clarity (20 pts); construction of argument (20 pts); use of theoretical principles discussed in class (20 pts); depth of analysis (20 pts), and proper grammar and rhetorical artistry (20 pts).
Failure to adhere to the requirements will result in grade deductions on this assignment.
Due Date: The essay will be presented as a question on the Final Exam (to be scheduled by the Registrar’s Office). You are allowed and encouraged to compose the essay in advance and cut-and-paste your answer into the answer box on Blackboard. The essay may be single spaced, but please double space between paragraphs. Before you submit your exam, please make sure your essay is in a legible format.
Length is approximately 1,000 words. Essays that are either too short or too long will be penalized.

 

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