3explored in this class. You are encouraged to offer a thorough analysis of the story and/or organization, anyimportant successes and/or limitations, and your conclusions and/or recommendations for further action.These papers should be fully documented and referenced, using any standard format for footnotes.
* Please be sure to contact the instructor via email for approval of your news presentation topic.
The paper is due 3 weeks following your presentation.
Students will work in groups to develop a final project, or work with an existingorganization or campaign that applies one or more of the ideas and perspectives developed in this course.Your project should have some public component, whether in the form of a demonstration, performance, artshow, website, video or radio program, or other public presentation. These can be in coordination with anexisting project or organization, either on or off-campus, or something developed uniquely by your group.Actions are encouraged to be creative and even bold, but not in violation of any university rules, andcertainly nothing that endangers any people or non-human animals.Groups of 2 - 5 students are encouraged to work together, though individual projects are permitted,especially if the activity is part of an ongoing campaign or organizing effort. Projects can be documented inany appropriate medium, along with a final written report. During the 3
week of class (9/11), we will beginto choose projects and groups. By mid-semester (10/16), groups and individuals should be prepared tosubmit a brief written proposal (1-2 pp.) which will not be graded, but rather allow the instructor to offersuggestions and resources to facilitate the success of your project; only one proposal per project is needed.Presentations of everyone’s final projects will be scheduled during our final class meeting, though somemay choose to present earlier.Documentation of your projects (
due no later than December 4
) can be a combination of group andindividual writing. However, group reports should include an individual reflection by each participant (2 - 3pages) describing your particular role in the project, your feelings about the group effort and dynamics, andwhat you might do differently in the future (these can be submitted together as part of a whole package, orindividually if you wish). Project reports should be 6 - 12 pages in length, not including the self-reflections.They may tend toward the shorter end if you are offering substantial non-written documentation (slidepresentations, videos, art projects, etc.), and on the longer end if you are not, and address:1. The overall concept of the project, its rationale, motivation, public significance.2. The methods and techniques used, and their relation to the ideas discussed in this course.3. The effectiveness of the project, public impact (tangible or potential), creativity, and effective useof time and resources.4. The outcome of the project, and possible future steps.Students who for some particular reason do not wish to engage in a project, will have the option of submitting a final research paper instead. These will be 15 - 20 pages in length, are graded on analysis andoriginality, and the topic needs to be pre-approved by the instructor.
Course Schedule and Readings
All readings are in a course packet available from the Environmental Program office at The Bittersweet House, 153 South Prospect St.]