Posted: September 18th, 2017
For this exercise, you are required to maintain an individual student blog. The central aim and requirement of this assessment: to critically and creatively engage with the course content and with other students enrolled in the course through a personal blog. We encourage you select examples from screen, media and popular culture to analyse (TV, film, news, advertising, online texts, social networking sites, etc.), as well as examples from every life, everyday practices, products, cultures, lifestyles and identities. A key part of this task it to comment on and engage meaningfully with the blogs of other students in the course by posting comments and posing questions.
The content of the blog is up to you. You are welcome to treat this as your personal online space and to be as individual and creative as you like in its use. Express yourself, talk about things that matter to you and socialize with your fellow bloggers. However, the ultimate academic objective of the exercise—and thus the major grounds for its assessment—is an active engagement with the conceptual and critical content of the subject. This engagement can be realized and evidenced in many ways: through explicit discussion of content from the reader and lectures; through discussion of issues that reflect, touch upon, exemplify and/or illuminate subject material in various ways; through a reflection upon one’s learning experiences in the subject or at university more generally; through discussion of issues drawn from the diverse field of contemporary media cultures.
Consider some of the following for your entries:
Respond directly to questions posed in lectures and tutorials, elaborating on comment made, or ideas proposed by, other students and teaching staff;
Critically analyse/discuss a recent cultural text (film, TV show, advertisement, etc.) that engages with course themes or the representation of sex, genders & sexualities more generally;
Follow up on and “think through” arguments or issues raised in the set readings (i.e. if you can, apply theoretical formulation to a small case study or example from everyday life);
Discuss anecdotes from your own cultural or personal experience that relate to course themes & consider their implications for the theories & arguments we have canvassed in lectures & readings;
Similarly, present some points of critique (positive, negative or both) of course readings;
Summarise and critically assess one of the optional/further readings;
Comment on issues in politics and/or everyday life that intersect with (and demonstrate your understanding of) course themes and ideas;
Demonstrated knowledge of concepts, theories and arguments profiled in the subject;
Ability to relate concepts, theories and arguments to issues in one’s everyday life and/or contemporary culture;
Evidence of continuous and substantial work throughout semester;
Quantity and quality of comments on other students’ blogs;
Respectful and scholarly engagement with the ideas and opinions of other students;
Presentation (including clarity and fluency of written expression and appropriate use of links, images, hypertext and other illustrative/supporting material).
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